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Greater Southside Community Alliance Seeks Artist for Traffic Signal Box Project

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Greater Southside Community Alliance Seeks Artist for Traffic Signal Box Project


Request for Artists Qualifications & Designs

The Greater Southside Community Alliance and SoArts announces a call to artists to submit qualifications and art for a Traffic Signal Box in the City of Southport. The theme is open, but proposed designs should be thoughtful of the Southport community.

A selection committee will select five semi-finalist designs. The selection committee will consist of local community members, GSCA members, SoArts members and members of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Public Art Selection Committee. Each of the five semi- finalists will receive $50. The winning design will be chosen from the five semi-finalists and the artist will receive an additional $250.

The winning design will be chosen from the five semi-finalists and will be digitally translated to a vinyl wrap and applied to the traffic signal box. The chosen artist shall be allowed to watch the installation. Costs of installation materials and future maintenance will be the responsibility of the GSCA.

Site: Signal box on South Madison Avenue at Southport Road


  • Design submissions deadline March 31, 2017
  • Selection of winning artist April 14, 2017
  • Finalization of artwork April 28, 2017
  • Installation of art May 13, 2017

Sizes of Traffic Signal Box Panels:

Email for traffic signal box template, sizes and dimensions.

To Submit:

All submittals shall include the artist’s qualifications including a resume or a narrative bio, and images of completed work. The selected winning design shall be provided in a high- resolution digital format suitable for creating the vinyl wrap. Provide the name of the artist, mailing address, phone number and email address.

Email designs to by 5 pm, March 31, 2017

For questions contact Duane King at 317.508.3435.

Box Art Design Tips

Successful designs are bright, colorful and appealing to both pedestrians and viewers in vehicles. Successful designs “wrap” the imagery around all faces of the box in a continuous flow.

In general avoid the following:

  • Large areas of plain, flat colors, particularly light or bright colors. These areas may attract tagging.
  • Fine detail or text of such small size that it may cause drivers to lose concentration as they try to read it.
  • Using each face of the traffic signal box for a different image or concept.

To keep the designs classified as artwork and to avoid inadvertently violating the city’s signage ordinance, logos, phrases, or branding designs for the neighborhood or for any business, product, good, activity, service, or private interest may not appear as part of the artwork. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances, for example, when reproducing a historical photograph that shows a business no longer in operation.

Since this is in a public location and visible to viewers of all ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds, please avoid nudity, suggestive poses, scatological humor, hate speech, or imagery that any group might find obscene, offensive, or morally shocking. Political, religious, or memorial artwork is unacceptable for traffic signal boxes.

All artwork must be original designs of the artist on the submission and not contain any copyrighted material.