2023 Kent Downtown Mural Project / Calls & Submissions
March 31, 2023
Organization Name: City of Kent Arts Commission
Organization Location: Kent, WA
Type: Calls & Submissions
Artists are invited to submit qualifications to the Kent Arts Commission for consideration to create an original artwork design for the Kent Downtown Mural Project. Two artists will be chosen to create murals for two mural locations in Kent’s historic downtown.
The Kent Arts Commission, in partnership with the Kent Downtown Partnership, seeks to place murals on two walls: 1) Exterior of the east wall of the building located at 403 W. Meeker Street (approximately 14 feet x 20 feet), and 2) Exterior of the east wall of the building located at 314 West Meeker Street (approximately12 feet x 40 feet).
There is an opportunity to commission two Artists working in two-dimensional media, including but not limited to painting, photography, graphic design, printmaking, and drawing, to create original artwork designs to be reproduced as large-scale murals on the two exterior walls described above. The artwork should add color and vibrancy to the site, and may include representational or abstract elements. Content can be inspired by the locations; reference the culture, people, or histories of the region; or simply feature unique and eye-catching imagery.
Artwork will be reproduced on a vinyl wrap and mounted on ¼” ACM panels attached to the buildings. (ACM is a lightweight composite material, consisting of two cover sheets and a fire-rated core.) Each mural will remain on view for approximately two years.
Two Artists will be chosen from the pool of applicants to create one design each for one of the two walls. Artists will provide fabrication-ready designs; City of Kent Arts Commission will coordinate and cover the cost of fabrication and installation.
Two selected Artists will each be compensated in a total amount not to exceed $5,000 for the artist fee, final artwork design, digital file preparation, and applicable WA sales/use tax. The budget does not include printing and installation. Kent Arts Commission staff will facilitate reproduction of the artwork imagery by a separate contractor on durable material suitable for outdoor display. Finalists will be compensated a flat fee of $500 to develop their proposals.
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