Arts Council Seeks Existing Artwork for Window Mur...

Arts Council Seeks Existing Artwork for Window Mur...

Posted by Arts Council of Indianapolis

Posted: Jun, 02, 2016

Public Art - Visual

 Indianapolis, IN, Unknown

Call to Artists
Request for Proposals (RFP)

Project Title: Arts Council Window Mural

Deadline for Submissions: Submissions must be RECEIVED by Monday, March 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) This is a NOT a postmark deadline.

Project Specifics

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is requesting images of existing artwork for reproduction and installation on the Arts Council’s street-facing façade, located at 924 N. Pennsylvania Street in Indianapolis.  This RFP is an open call to artists from central Indiana (Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, and Hancock counties).

An image of the selected artwork will be printed on vinyl and installed on the façade windows by a signage company to form a large mural. The artist’s work will remain on view for two years.

The site can accommodate three existing works that are thematically or visually similar, or one artwork that uses all three openings as a single mural image.



2014 – 2016 installation: Jessica Springman, (left to right) Revelation, Pristina, and Singularity. Original images pen and ink, 2013.


2018-2020 installation: Tasha Beckwith, Moon Sisters. Digitally-created original image, 2018

Please review the site diagram at the bottom of this call for dimensions. Each of the three window openings have identical dimensions.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify, artists must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Work as a professional artist or artist team
  • Live in central Indiana (Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, or Hancock counties)
  • Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to the strict timeline

Selection Process

The Arts Council’s internal selection committee will review artists’ proposals and choose the finalist.

Selection Criteria

Artists’ submissions will be reviewed based upon the following criteria:

  • Work of the highest artistic caliber with effective execution
  • Visual impact on pedestrian and vehicular traffic
  • Appropriateness of content (should be appropriate for all audiences)


The selected artist will be given a stipend of $1,000 for the reproduction and display of their work for a 2-year period. The artist is responsible for providing a high-quality digital image of the selected artwork. The Arts Council will cover the cost of printing and installing the adhesive vinyl mural.

Project Timeline

The project will follow this timeline:

January 22, 2020                    Request for Proposals released

March 2, 2020                         Deadline to submit lower-resolution images of proposed artwork

By March 30, 2020                 Arts Council reviews RFPs and notifies artists of selection

Early April, 2020                      Agreement signed and final high-resolution image sent to Arts Council

By May 31, 2020                     Artwork is printed and installed

NOTE: If selected, the artist(s) will need to provide TIFF images scaled for printing.  They will need to be 75 dpi at 100% scale (meaning the image size is 12ft wide and 10ft tall) or 750 dpi images at 1/10th scale (meaning the images are 12 inches wide and 10 inches tall). Please ensure that you have the ability to provide these images within two weeks of notification.

Copyright Information

This project will require the selected artist to sign a copyright license to allow the Arts Council to use their artwork image in a public project. The copyright will at all times remain with the artist.  Should the image be reproduced into a full-scale mural, the Arts Council will direct potential commercial users to contact the artist for permission. The Arts Council is not responsible for defending the artist’s rights in the case of copyright infringement by third parties.

Submission Process

To apply for this project, you will provide your contact information and images of the artworks you are suggesting for this installation.

  • Applicant Information: The online form will require you to type in your name, address, contact information, and preferred social media. If you are selected we will ask you for additional information. You do not need to print this application, and you can start the application and come back later to finish. Remember to click “Submit” when all information is complete.
  • Proposal Images: The online form will require you to attach up to three images of work you are suggesting for this project. Only the artwork submitted will be considered.
    • Attach the images in .jpg, .jpeg, or .pdf format only.
    • Please ensure that the resolution is no smaller than 72 dpi.
    • Do not submit images in full reproduction size. If your work is selected, we will ask you for a high-resolution file to use for production of the mural.
    • Clear, high-quality images are essential to presenting your work at its best. Need help getting great images of your work? Visit here to learn about local photographers who can assist you, and a link to a tip sheet for doing it yourself.
  • Image Information: The online form will require you to submit the following information about each submitted image:
    • Title of artwork
    • Year it was created
    • Medium of the original artwork
  • Image Mockups (optional): The online form will give you the option of including a mockup of each submitted artwork pasted into a template of the site.  While this is optional, including the mockups will allow you to communicate how your work would be cropped and scaled to fit the available area. Including a mockup is to your advantage.
    • You can download the template in either .jpg or .psd format HERE.  If you have trouble with the download, contact Lindsey Lord at to request a direct email of your preferred template.
    • To create the mockups, you can use any software that allows you to edit and superimpose images (such as Photoshop). is a free online image editing program that works like Photoshop.
    • Attach each mockup as a separate file.
  • Demographic Information (optional):  The online form will ask you to provide information about your race/ethnicity, preferred gender identification and pronouns, age category, disability identification, and veteran identification.  While providing this information is optional, doing so will allow the Arts Council to serve our community better.

Delivery of Submissions

Submit your information online here. Submissions must be completed by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, March 2, 2020. Online submissions that are incomplete as of 5:00 p.m. on March 2 will be deleted. Early submission is recommended so that we may contact you with any questions.

If you have difficulty submitting your information online, please contact Lindsey Lord for alternative submission methods:


Lindsey Lord

Artist Services and Special Projects Manager

(371) 631-3301 x214

For more information about the Arts Council of Indianapolis, please visit

Site diagram:

If you would like to download a .PDF of this call, it is available here.