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Kroger Seeks Muralist for Southport Store

Posted by Arts Council of Indianapolis ; Posted on 
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Kroger Seeks Muralist for Southport Store




The Kroger family of stores is honored to use the talents of local artists to create an uplifting experience in their stores. The company aspires to create a safe store environment that conveys a sense of connectedness to the communities within which they operate. The objective of the commissioned art program is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. As a company, Kroger values honesty, diversity, inclusion, integrity, respect and safety.  These values are expressed by the artwork commissioned for each store.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is seeking qualified artists to execute a mural in a new Kroger store, opening in August 2017 at the following location:  Store #989, 8130 E. Southport Rd., Indianapolis, IN  46259

The artwork design will incorporate references to Southport history or culture, will engage and inspire the community, will use durable materials that require minimal maintenance, and will be resistant to vandalism or other damage.  Any medium, material, or artistic technique that can be mounted to a wall, and extends 4 inches or less into the adjacent space, will be considered.

The site is interior and measures 5 ft. h. x 11 ft. 6 in. w. (total 57.5 sq. ft.). Artists will execute the artwork on an appropriate substrate in their own working space and will deliver it to the site ready to be installed by the store’s construction team.  Kroger will provide a plaque identifying the artist, artist’s city or town of residence, title and medium of the artwork, and date executed.  Kroger will also provide appropriate lighting for the artwork.  The artist may be present to advise during installation, but will not be compensated separately for his/her presence. The artist is expected to attend the community celebration of the new store, but will not be compensated separately for his/her presence.

Additional information will be provided to artists selected as finalists for the site.

Project Budget

The project carries a commission fee of $8,000.  This fee is to cover all of the artist’s compensation and anticipated expenses including (but not limited to) artist design fee, artist labor, materials, and delivery of completed artwork to the project site.  The artist will not be responsible for installing the artwork.  Finalist artists will be paid a flat $300 fee to develop a proposal for the site.


To be eligible to submit for this opportunity, artists must:

  • Live in the Central Indiana area (must reside in one of the following counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Shelby. All else being equal, preference will be given to professional artists living in Franklin Township, as they are local to the Southport project site)
  • Be age 18 or over
  • Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to a strict budget and timeline


Project Timeline

This timeline represents the project as it now appears.  Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.

  • Release Request for Qualifications:  January 6, 2017
  • Deadline for qualifications submissions:  February 20
  • Notification of status:  by March 6
  • Finalist proposals due: by March 31
  • Notification of selected projects:  by April 7
  • Commissioning, final design and fabrication:  April 10 – July 21
  • Delivery for installation:  On or before July 28
  • Dedication and preview party:  TBA in August, 2017



About the Kroger Art Program

Selection Process

Artists must submit their qualifications to the Arts Council on or before 5:00 p.m. on February 20, 2017. * Representatives from Kroger, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the store’s host community will review submitted qualifications and select up to three finalists for each site to create an artwork proposal.  The proposals are reviewed by the same representatives and one proposal will be commissioned.

While this is the intended selection process, in the event of an insufficient number of qualified applicants the Arts Council of Indianapolis reserves the right to invite an artist to propose, or to directly select an artist or artwork; and also reserves the right to cancel the opportunity entirely at any point and for any reason.

*Artists in the Arts Council’s prequalified muralist pool may email and request that their materials on file be reviewed.  It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that images and texts on file are current.

Selection Criteria

Finalists will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality:  artist’s past work is appropriate to its context, innovative, creative and stylistically distinctive
  • Aesthetic sensibility:  artist’s submission displays an aesthetic that would be desirable for the store in question
  • Technical ability:  artist’s submission indicates professionalism and skill with materials and techniques


How to Apply

Artists must submit the following information digitally.* The Arts Council will not accept hard copy submissions.

1.     Applicant Information: Complete the form below and submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.  An editable copy is available on request.

2.     Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 3 typed pages.  Submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.

3.    Examples of previous artwork: Submit 2-10 digital images in .jpg format of past work. Please limit the file size of each image to 2MB or less.  Include images of at least 2 previous projects that are appropriate to the conditions described in this brief, and are of a similar size and budget to this commission opportunity.  You may submit any number of projects and any number of images for each project, but do not exceed the maximum of 10 total images.

4.    Image information sheet:  Submit a sheet with the following information about each submitted project:  title, date completed, client/neighborhood/site name, total artwork budget, and a brief (1-2 sentences) description of the site and challenge, and how your artwork met the challenge.  Include a directory of which image titles you have submitted are associated with each project.  (example, for an artist named Smith:  PROJECT X:  images Smith1, Smith2, Smith3.  … PROJECT Y:  images Smith4, Smith5, Smith6.)  Submit this sheet in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.

*Artists in the Arts Council’s prequalified muralist pool should send the Applicant Information form ONLY, and email and request that their materials on file be reviewed.  It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that images and texts on file are current.

Delivery of Submissions

Submissions may be mailed, hand-delivered, or shared via Dropbox.  DO NOT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS!

Mailed or delivered submissions must be burned to a single CD, DVD or flash/jump drive. CDs and/or flash/jump drives must arrive at the Arts Council’s offices by 5:00pm (EDT) on Monday, February 20, 2017.  The mailing and delivery address is:

ATTN:  Kroger Mural

c/o Julia Moore, Director of Public Art

Arts Council of Indianapolis

924 N. Pennsylvania St.

Indianapolis, IN  46204

A Dropbox share request must be time-stamped before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2017 and sent to with a message indicating it is for the Kroger mural project.  All materials must be available in the folder as of 5:00 p.m. on February 20. If any item is missing or the upload timestamp for any item is after 5:00 p.m. on February 20, the entire submission will be disqualified.  The Arts Council is not responsible for transmission delays or service outages resulting in the Dropbox share request being delivered after the deadline.  Please ensure that all materials are uploaded before the share request is sent, and that you start your transmission of the share request in plenty of time to allow for delays or outages.

QUESTIONS? Contact Julia Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis, (317) 631-3301 x240  or



Kroger Mural Project

Applicant Artist Information Form

Please limit the information provided on this form to one typed page.


Artist Name:

Mailing Address:          City/State/ZIP:

Day or Mobile Phone:          Evening or Home Phone:

Email Address:

Website (if applicable):



Do you have a personal or professional connection to Southport?  If so, what is it?



How do you see this project fitting in with your past work, artistic interests and experience?



Briefly discuss the direction your work might take for the location you are applying for.  DO NOT SUBMIT ANY SKETCHES, PHOTOS OR DESIGNS AT THIS TIME.