CALL TO ARTISTS: NVCF 30th Anniversary Mural Project!

An image reading: CALL TO ARTISTS, Napa Valley Community Foundation 30th Anniversary Mural project, with a small mockup image of the mural's location on the southeastern facade of NVCF's building.

Napa Valley Community Foundation is excited to invite artists residing/working in Napa County to apply for a unique opportunity: creating a mural to celebrate our 30th anniversary!

📌 Project Details:

  • Budget: $15,000
  • Location: NVCF Office 3299 Claremont Way, Napa
  • Size: Up to 14’ x 45’
  • Theme: A creative, visual reflection of NVCF’s mission and values, celebrating community spirit, generosity, and resilience.

📅 RFQ Deadline:

June 10, 2024

🔗Apply here:



CALL TO ARTISTS: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Deadline: June 10, 2024

Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) invites artists and artist teams residing in Napa County to submit a statement of qualifications for our 30th Anniversary Mural. The artwork opportunity is for a painted mural on the prominent southeast wall of the Sato Family Nonprofit Center in Napa, a 15,000-square-foot single-story office building owned by NVCF that serves as a hub and a home for more than a dozen nonprofit organizations.  The goal is to create a beacon and identifying marker for the Foundation that reflects its mission and values.

The total budget of $15,000 includes costs to design and paint the artwork. The commissioned artist(s)  will be reimbursed for materials, equipment rental, and permit costs.

What is included in the RFQ

  • Plans and descriptions of the project site
  • Artist eligibility and evaluation criteria
  • Artist selection timeline
  • Application 

Project Description

For three decades, Napa Valley Community Foundation has been a cornerstone of community support, collaborating with local donors and nonprofits to address the most pressing challenges facing our Valley. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2024, we reflect on a journey marked by over $100 million in grants, driven by a vision of a prosperous, resilient community. In commemoration of this milestone, NVCF seeks to commission a painted mural that embodies the essence of Napa County—our collective generosity, the stunning beauty of our region, and the resiliency, industriousness, and civic spirit of the people who define our community.

Situated on the vibrant Sato Family Nonprofit Center campus, the chosen mural will adorn the face of our mid-century modern building — which, in addition to NVCF,  houses nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving children and families in Napa Valley.

Over the past 30 years, NVCF has worked to create a thriving, inclusive and equitable Napa Valley where collective generosity propels community-wide prosperity, resilience, and wellbeing. We proudly focus on: 

  • Championing Community: Enhancing citizenship, democracy, and civic engagement.
  • Fighting Poverty: Bolstering the social safety net to address housing, hunger, and  wellness.
  • Meeting the Moment: Responding swiftly to urgent community needs, including disaster recovery.
  • Investing in Youth: Promoting the educational advancement of our young people.

For more information about Napa Valley Community Foundation, please see our recent annual report at: https://www.napavalleycf.org/annual-reports/

An illustrated overhead view of the 3299 Claremont Building. This illustration shows the parking lot, surrounding lands, and an outline of the square shaped, single story building. There is text pointing out the entrance to the building, and a highlight showing the location of the mural on the southeastern facade of the building.

A photo of NVCF's building showing the southeastern facade. It is a single story building, painted grey, with a large empty wall perfect for a mural. The Open wall area is marked with arrows and text that reads MURAL LOCATION

Project Goals

The ideal candidate will identify with our mission and strive to create a mural that interprets these themes while bringing their unique style and insight to the work:

  • Visual Gateway: Create a striking visual entry point to NVCF, encapsulating the essence of our mission.
  • Universal Accessibility: Design a mural that resonates with and is accessible to all age groups, reflecting the welcoming and expansive vibe of our vision: “A thriving, inclusive, equitable Napa Valley where collective generosity propels community-wide prosperity, resilience, and wellbeing.”
  • Community Representation: Illustrate the vitality and diversity of Napa Valley.
  • Celebratory and Inspirational: Ensure the artwork celebrates NVCF’s three decades of impact, inspiring continued generosity, and involvement in community well-being.
  • Unique and unexpected: Create a work of art that doesn’t rely on the shopworn visual tropes of wine country to convey a strong sense of place.

 Artwork Opportunity

The artwork opportunity is for a painted mural, up to 14’x45’ on the southeastern cement block façade of the building, facing Claremont Way. The site is a focal point for the Foundation, adjacent to our main entrance, and the mural will be easily seen by vehicular and pedestrian traffic.



Artist Eligibility: The selected artist/artist team must live or primarily work in Napa County, be 18 years of age or older, and be available to begin work immediately and complete the project by October 18, 2024.

Evaluation Criteria:

Criteria for selection of artist/artist teams include but are not limited to the following:

  • Artistic Merit: Competitive submissions will demonstrate the applicant’s past success in comparable projects and their proven mastery or skill in at least one artistic medium.
  • Relevant skills and experience: Competitive submissions will reflect the applicant’s ability to bring a unique and powerful creative lens to the commission, keep the project within budget, and complete and install the work on schedule. Knowledge of and ability to work with durable materials that are appropriate for long‐term exposure in a public environment and that require minimal care and long‐term maintenance is required. An ability to work collaboratively with other design professionals, stakeholders, and Foundation staff is also required.
  • Artwork is appropriate to the site: Competitive submissions will demonstrate the applicant’s past success in creating works that are appropriate in scale, media, and design for the places where such works are located.


Qualifications will be evaluated by a Review Committee comprised of five to seven Napa County residents with experience in collecting, commissioning or managing works of art or art-based projects of this kind. Based on artist/artist team qualifications, the Review Committee will select finalists for the project to prepare proposals.

  • Step one: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) noticed.
  • Step two: The Review Committee will select up to three finalists based on the quality of the artist/artist team’s past work and statement of qualifications.
  • Step three: Up to three selected finalists will be invited and paid to create a design proposal and will have an opportunity to meet with NVCF staff and tour the site.
  • Step four: Finalists submit design proposals, and are interviewed by the Review Committee.  The Review Committee will recommend one artist for the project.


  • RFQ released: May 8, 2024
  • Statement of Qualifications due: June 10, 2024
  • Review Committee selects finalists: June 17, 2024
  • Design proposals due: August 2024
  • Review Committee selects winning proposal: August 2024
  • Installation: September/October 2024


The application is available online here. Please complete the application and email it to the address listed on the application by the deadline of June 10, 2024.

LATE SUBMISSIONS: Submissions arriving after the specified date and time shall not be considered. Applicants assume responsibility for timely submission of their statement of qualifications.

EVALUATION AND AWARD: This RFQ is to assess qualifications ONLY. Applicants are not required to submit a specific proposal for the artwork initially. If selected as a finalist, artist/artist teams will be invited to create a proposal. Evaluation shall be made based on the evaluation criteria listed above.

🗎 Download a copy of the RFQ:

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