Call to Artists for mural project

DJ Spencer, Staff Reporter

Update: The deadline to enter has been extended to March 31.​

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts is holding a call to artists mural project contest.

​The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled and majoring in a CHSSA program. The goal of the mural is to provide a piece of public art to the community and visitors that tells the story of CHSSA’s influence. The winning mural will be placed on display in the reception area of the CHSSA dean’s office suite.

When asked about the main reason to hold this contest, Dr. David Scott, associate dean, said that the CHSSA office suite was reconfigured during the summer of 2020, which created a big, blank wall in plain sight of the suite’s main entrance.

“The dean, as well as the rest of staff, thought that a mural would be a wonderful way to welcome visitors to our space,” Scott said. “It will also emphasize the presence and importance of arts within our college.”

​The mural will be approximately 13 feet by eight feet. The mural will be featured on a wall of textured sheetrock, finished with a flat acrylic paint.

​The mural artist application requires a project narrative and design illustrating the concept. Applicants must include supplemental information such as mediums, a completion timeline, an itemized budget and three to five images of previous work. All components must be in a digital format.

​There is not an application fee. Artists will receive a $500 stipend. The initial payment, which is 50% of the stipend, will be paid within two weeks of a signed agreement. The other half is given out upon completion of the mural.

​Artists may also receive up to $800 in material reimbursements, which is subject to a signed letter of agreement and proof of receipts.

​The deadline for mural proposals is 5 p.m. Feb. 19. Artists can submit their work to [email protected].

​The finalists of the contest will be announced March 12. All work must be completed prior to April 30.

“The expectation is that the mural will be completed late in the spring semester, but certainly no later than early in the summer,” according to Scott.