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City of St. Petersburg, Florida
City Hall Art
Call to Artists – Request for Qualifications
Artists are invited to submit applications for a piece of interior art for the City of St. Petersburg’s City Hall. The location of the art will be in the main entry up the stairs to the left landing where a WPA-era mural once hung that was torn down in
1966. This call is open to all artists and students internationally.
The Project Committee seeks art that will respect the history of the events surrounding the tearing down of the original mural and that will celebrate a city of opportunity for all. It should be noted that the individual, Joe Waller, who tore down the mural because he felt it was racist, spent many months in jail for tearing the mural down. He was vice-chairman at the time of the state’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). This is a historically significant event in the history of the City of St. Petersburg.
The subject of the vacant space has come up before City Council several times in years past with no resolution on what to do with the space each time. It is a sensitive issue and, therefore, the City Hall Mural Project Committee of the Public Arts Commission would like to solicit proposals for art to be located where the torn-down mural once was.
The art must respect the event(s) that caused the still vacant space where the mural once hung while honoring and celebrating the advances in civil rights and inclusivity in the city today. The original murals, of which one survives and is in its original location, were by George Snow Hill and were commissioned in 1940.
The committee strongly encourages schools and school-age children to apply in addition to professional artists who meet the criteria.
Budget – $50,000
Deadline – October 3, 2016
For the full call, click here.
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