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The city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is searching for artists to create a mural on a publicly-installed shipping container. The container will be used as storage for a summer evening concert series in 2020.
Budget: up to $5,000 plus materials and travel, depending on mural panel(s) assigned (see details below)
Eligibility: Artists over 18
Deadline: April 1, 2019
NOTE: This process requires applicants to submit designs for the mural they wish to create as part of the application process. Applicants are not compensated for this up-front design work.
The City of Wauwatosa is building upon the excitement of its new mural arts program and is pleased to announce a new project that will be located in Hart Park next to the Rotary Performance Pavilion. The Tourism Commission plans to sponsor a mural installation on a shipping container that will be used as temporary storage for Tosa Tonight, a summer evening concert series that takes place in Hart Park. To that end, we are issuing this Call to Artists, in search of proposals for up to three surfaces to be installed on the shipping container.
Materials and Equipment
Artists are responsible for acquiring their own materials such as paints and supplies from the budgets provided; the City of Wauwatosa will work with the selected artist(s) to arrange supply pick up. The organizers of the project will be renting scaffolding and providing ladders. The organizers will also prep the surface and provide lighting for the evening installation at Tosa Tonight. Artists will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
Mural surface sizes and artist payment schedule
Artists are invited to submit up to three proposals for the submittal options described below. For example, an artist can submit one proposal for Option A, one proposal for Option B, and one proposal for Option C. Another example is an artist can submit two proposals for Option A and one proposal for Option B. When submitting your proposal, please indicate which option(s) you are applying for.
SURFACE 1: 20 ft long x 8 ft 6 in. high (170 sq. ft.): (payment combined with Surface 2)
SURFACE 2: 8 ft long x 8 ft 6 in. high (68 sq. ft.): (payment combined with Surface 1)
SURFACE 3: 20 ft long x 8 ft 6 in. high (170 sq. ft.)
Additional stipends will be provided to commissioned artists traveling from outside Wauwatosa to complete the mural:
Final stipend amounts will be negotiated by the selected artist(s) and the City of Wauwatosa and will be determined based on travel distance and actual cost of IRS mileage reimbursement, flight, etc. not to exceed the amounts listed above.
A jurying committee will be assembled by the City of Wauwatosa for this project. Members of the committee will include staff from the City of Wauwatosa, representatives from the Tourism Commission, a representative from Tosa Tonight, and local art professionals. The jurying committee will review all completed proposals and will select an artist or multiple artists to complete the project. For example, the jurying committee may select an artist’s proposal for Option B and a different artist’s proposal for Option C. Alternatively, the jurying committee may select an artist’s proposal for Option A and no other proposals. Multiple artists will not be awarded the same surface.
What to Submit
Please review the project details and design a specific mural proposal for your selected submittal option(s). Your proposal must be in color, and must be done in proportion to the surfaces in the proposal. (If you are able to provide a Photoshop mockup, that would be ideal, but it is not required.) Please make your mural a finished-looking rendition of the actual mural you would like to paint—this will increase your chances of being selected. Do not submit a pencil sketch.
How to Submit
Submit using the online form. Do not submit via email or other method. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2020.
QUESTIONS? Contact Kim Land, Tourism Specialist for the City of Wauwatosa, at email@example.com or 414-479-3548.
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