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Arts Council Seeks Existing Art for Vinyl Mural

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Arts Council Seeks Existing Art for Vinyl Mural


Call to Artists
Request for Proposals (RFP)

Project Title – Arts Council Window Mural
Deadline for SubmissionsMonday, March 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) This is a NOT postmark deadline. No exceptions.

Project Specifics
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is requesting existing artwork for reproduction and installation on the Arts Council façade located at 924 N. Pennsylvania Street. This RFP is an open call to experienced artists from central Indiana (Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, and Hancock counties).

The Arts Council is seeking existing artworks that will be printed on vinyl and installed on the façade windows by a signage company. If selected, the artist’s work will remain on view for two years.

Artists may submit three existing works that are thematically or visually similar (one for each window), or one artwork that lends itself to the horizontal layout of the three windows. There is no required theme, however, the Arts Council is especially interested in artworks that somehow highlight the arts as a whole, including dance, theatre, literature, film, and more.

Eligibility Requirements
To qualify, artists must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Work as a professional artist or artist team
  • Live in central Indiana
  • Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to the strict timeline

Selection Process
The Arts Council’s internal selection committee will review artists’ proposals and choose the finalist.

Selection Criteria
Artists will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Work of the highest caliber and effective execution
  • Visual impact on pedestrian and vehicular traffic
  • Appropriateness of content (should be appropriate for all audiences)

The selected artist will be given a stipend of $1,000 for the reproduction and display of their work for a 2-year period. The artist is responsible for providing a high-quality digital image of the selected artwork. The Arts Council will cover the cost of printing and installing the adhesive vinyl mural ($2,000).

Project Timeline
The project will follow this timeline:

  • March 5, 2018  – Request for Proposals Deadline
  • By March 30, 2018  – Arts Council Reviews RFPs and Notifies Artist of Selection
  • Early April – Agreement signed and final high-resolution image sent to Arts Council
  • By May 25, 2018 – Artwork is printed and installed

Submission Process
Artists must submit the following information to

  • Applicant Information: Please include the following information with your submission email:
    • Artist Name
    • Mailing Address
    • City/State/ZIP
    • Day Phone
    • Evening Phone
    • Email
    • Website
    • Additional Information (experience, previous exhibitions, display preferences)
  • Proposal Images Digital images (up to 3 images)
    Include images of proposed artwork.

    • JPG, JPEG or PDF file types ONLY
    • Good quality, no smaller than 72 dpi
    • No larger than 1 MB each
    • No hard copies – electronic files only
    • Name your digital files according to the following format: LastName_01.jpg,
      LastName_02.jpg, etc. (example: Smith_01.jpg)
    • It is strongly encouraged that you include a mockup of your artwork using the ACI Window Template (.jpg or .psd) available at If needed, you can use, a free online program much like Photoshop.

NOTE: If selected, the artist(s) will need to provide TIFF images scaled for printing. They will need to be 75 dpi at 100% scale (meaning the image size is 12ft wide and 10ft tall) or 750 dpi images at 1/10th scale (meaning the images are 12 inches wide and 10 inches tall). DO NOT PROVIDE THIS SIZE AT TIME OF APPLICATION!

All images should be professional quality photographs of your work. If you need a referral to a professional photographer who specializes in working with artists, please view the Artist Resources Directory at

Delivery of Submissions
All required materials must be sent to by 5:00pm (EDT) on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Lindsey Lord
Public Art and Artist Services Coordinator
(371) 631-3301 x214

For more information about the Arts Council of Indianapolis, please visit



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