Muralists Sought for Indianapolis Jiffy Lube Locations

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Muralists Sought for Indianapolis Jiffy Lube Locations
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The Arts Council of Indianapolis seeks artists to incorporate original artwork onto walls provided by Jiffy Lube of Indiana, Inc. in locations around Marion County.

BUDGET:  $5,000-$12,000 per mural (five murals total)

ELIGIBILITY:  Artists over 18 and living in Indiana

DEADLINE:  January 27, 2019 11:59 p.m.

Project Description

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is partnering with Jiffy Lube of Indiana to commission 10 wall-based artworks on Jiffy Lube franchises in central Indiana between 2018 and 2019. This program will expand on an arts initiative started by Jiffy Lube, which produced three murals in 2016 and added six murals in 2018. The new artworks will serve to further Jiffy Lube’s mission of “growing people through work” as well as beautify the communities in which the stores reside and create a sense of place. For more information about the mural program, visit the project website.

For the 2019 round, five artists will be commissioned to incorporate their own original artwork onto walls provided by Jiffy Lube in locations around Marion County.

Project Locations

The tentative 2019 Jiffy Lube mural locations are:

  • #2361:  7965 US 31 South (US 31 South at Stop 11 Rd, Indianapolis)
  • #2386:  532 South SR 135 (State Rd. 135 near Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood)
  • #2458:  9825 Fall Creek Rd. (82nd St. and Fall Creek Rd., Indianapolis)
  • #3329:  10520 E. Washington St. (Washington St. between Mitthoeffer and German Church Rd., Indianapolis)
  • #3330:  7825 E. US 36 (Rockville Rd. near Dan Jones Rd., Avon)

Artwork Information

Artworks can be painted murals, or any other type of artwork that is relatively flat (projecting no more than 4-6 inches from the wall plane) and which can be attached to a wall.  Murals may be painted directly onto the wall surface or can be painted onto a panel and attached to the wall using a framework system.   Artists may choose to incorporate community involvement in the mural, or may choose to do the work themselves.  The theme does not have to focus on any aspect of Jiffy Lube’s business—theme and subject are of the artist’s choice.  To see previous murals, visit here.

Mentorship Opportunity

The 2019 round will also incorporate up to two emerging muralists as paid assistants to one of the commissioned artists, who will act as their mentor. These emerging artists must not have previously been the lead artist on a paid mural commission, are not currently pursuing an undergraduate degree, must have been working full- or part-time as an artist for one to three years, and must have mastered basic painting techniques but need additional technical guidance to be able to work professionally at mural scale. Preferred participants in this mentorship program are artists who have not participated in similar opportunities in the past, or whose life circumstances have kept them from being considered for mural work. The pay will be $15 per hour for approximately 100 hours of work over the course of four to six months. For more information, or to suggest yourself or someone else as a participant, please contact Julia Moore at (317) 631-3301 x240 or by email at jmoore@indyarts.org .

Compensation

Commissions will range from $5,000 to $12,000 for walls ranging in size from 250 to 600 square feet.  Commissions are inclusive of design, travel, artists’ fees (including an extra $500 stipend if the artist is serving as a mentor to an emerging artist), materials, labor, insurance coverage, and all associated costs relating to the design and production of wall-based artwork. Jiffy Lube will ensure that the site is adequately prepared for the artist prior to installation of the artwork.

Project Timeline

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

  • Release Request for Qualifications:  December 21, 2018
  • Deadline for qualifications submissions: Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (see below for details)
  • Selection panel review:  Week of February 11, 2019
  • Selection notification:  by February 28, 2019
  • Commissioning and mural design: March 1 – May 31, 2019
  • Mural installation:  between June 1 and October 31, 2019

Selection Process

The Arts Council will receive qualification packages from interested artists according to the instructions in this Request for Qualifications.  Representatives from Jiffy Lube and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, as well as members of the Arts Council’s Public Art Selection Committee, will review submitted qualifications to identify one artist for each of the five sites listed above.  Selected artists will work directly with the Arts Council and Jiffy Lube to develop a design for the assigned site.

Artists who are on the Arts Council’s prequalified muralists list may simply indicate their interest and we will transfer your most recent information.  To indicate your interest and/or to update the information we have on file, email Julia Moore, jmoore@indyarts.org

Note:  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 a mural design for consideration; to alter the number of and/or locations for murals; to adjust the commission values; and to modify the mural program as circumstances arise.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Artistic quality:  artist’s submission displays a record of appropriate, yet innovative, concepts brought to a site or project, and documents creative and stylistically distinctive solutions to design and site challenges
  • Aesthetic sensibility:  artist’s work displays an aesthetic that would be desirable for this project
  • Technical ability:  artist’s submission indicates skill with materials and techniques similar to those that would be required for this project
  • Experience:  artist has demonstrated the ability on past projects to quickly acquire the skills needed to be successful on a project similar to what the artist will encounter with this project
  • Process:  artist has a record of smooth and pleasant working relationships on past projects

How to Apply

To be considered for a commission, artists must submit the following information via Dropbox.com or WeTransfer.com  (send the link or sharing request to llord@indyarts.org  No emailed applications, please!)

  1. Applicant Information: Complete this form and click “Submit.”  No need to download or print!
  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 1MB or less.  Include images of at least 2 previous projects that are appropriate to the project conditions described above, 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 artwork example:  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 who are on the Arts Council’s prequalified muralists list may simply indicate their interest and we will transfer your most recent information.  To indicate your interest and/or to update the information we have on file, email Julia Moore, jmoore@indyarts.org

Delivery of Submissions

The sharing requests (through Dropbox or WeTransfer) must be date-stamped by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019 and sent to llord@indyarts.org   No emailed submission materials please:  only filesharing links will be accepted.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Lindsey Lord, Public Art and Artist Services Coordinator, llord@indyarts.org or (317) 631-3301 x214

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