The Illinois Arts Council Agency has partnered with the Capital Development Board’s Art-in-Architecture Program in promoting an opportunity for Illinois artists. The Art-in-Architecture Program of the Capital Development Board is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications to Illinois professional artists for the purchase of permanent original art.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is seeking to purchase original public art for its Rail Splitter North/Southbound Safety Rest Areas in Sangamon County, Illinois. The spacious Rest Areas will welcome travelers by offering a beautiful landscape, innovative design, and a connection to Illinois history. The dramatic concrete canopies, an architectural innovation of the time, will remain a beacon for travelers—a tribute to mid-century architecture and engineering. The artwork must be visually engaging and should honor the legacy of Illinois’s contributions to interstate design and development.

Please read the RFQ carefully to learn how to apply. 

Budget Details

The budget for the project is $64,000.

This budget covers all expenses associated with, but not limited to the project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, contracted services, operations and meetings, and travel required to complete the artwork plus installation, related permits, licenses, taxes and insurance, and transportation and delivery of the work to the site, as well as documentation of the completed project. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.

The artist is responsible for working with the Capital Development Board Art-in-Architecture Program, the using agency, and other relevant partners to oversee all aspects of the art installation.

Deadline is June 14, 2024, 3:00 pm

Learn More

Link to the RFQ document


Please email with any questions.