Artists Neeeded: Norristown’s 1st Large-Scale Outdoor Painting (paid)

December 16, 2011 in for artists, opportunities by admin


The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has received a grant from State Senator Daylin Leach’s office to create a mural in Norristown, PA.
We seek an artist or team of artists to design and produce a mural for the exterior facade of 201 Dekalb Street facing East Lafayette Street in Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401.

The primary goal of this public artwork is to provide a welcoming gateway to Norristown for those entering the city’s Arts and Business District. The theme for this Norristown mural is Celebrating 200 Years of Arts, Culture and Commerce – Past, Present and Future.

Project Goals:
-Create a mural that will serve as an inviting gateway to Norristown.
-Design and produce a mural that will illuminate and celebrate Norristown’s 200 years of arts, culture, and commerce.
-Seek the strongest possible ideas from artists able to develop a singular vision for this large-scale mural project.
-Create a bold mural visible to those entering Norristown by car and train.

Mural Site:
201 Dekalb Street -facing East Lafayette Street – Norristown, PA 19401. Mural design must include upper stories of wall facing East Lafayette and, at artist’s discretion, may include remaining façade facing East Lafayette.

Mural Fabrication and Installation:
The selected artist or team of artists will be required to create the mural using parachute cloth, a poly-woven fiber that can be painted on directly and then adhered to the wall surface. This technique, which has been mastered by the Mural Arts Program, allows for painting to occur in a studio and for the cloth to be delivered to the site when it is time to install.
The artist or team of artists selected for this project may be given the option of designing the mural while other artists are responsible for the painting and installation of the mural.

Production Timeline:
Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 5
Planning & Design – Winter 2012 Production– Winter/Spring 2012
Installation – April 2012
Completion & Dedication – June 2012

Artist(s) Eligibility:
This call is open to artists and teams of artists who live and/or work in Norristown, Montgomery County, or Philadelphia and are able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the mural-making process and preferably have experience working with parachute cloth, experience operating a scissor lift and working on scaffold, and the ability to coordinate and manage community paint days so the public can participate in the painting process.
The artist must have demonstrated experience in meeting deadlines and managing a project of this magnitude.

Artist(s) Fee:
The design fee for this project is $3,000. Production and
installation fee is $9,000. Mural Arts will provide wall preparation, paint, parachute cloth, sundries, lift, and a part-time assistant muralist.

Selection Criteria
-Commitment to meet the project goals.
-Demonstrated excellence and quality of past and current artwork in conceptual, aesthetic and technical
terms, including ability to conceive and execute work at the scale of this opportunity.
-Relevance of artist’s creative interests and past work to the project goals.
-Ability to manage schedules, communications and budgets as evidenced by previous projects and/or supported by professional references.

Selection Schedule
Submission Deadline: Submissions must be received on or before 5PM Friday, January 13, 2012 Finalist(s) Contacted: Week of January 23, 2012

A Selection Panel comprised of representatives from the Norristown Arts Council, Norristown community, and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will review artist submissions and recommend finalist(s).

How to Respond
Interested artists are invited to submit:
1) Five (5) hard copies of an Artist Statement of Interest, typed two pages maximum,
a. Explaining how you would approach this project, including how your artwork for this site would look to reflect Norristown’s past, present, and future arts and cultural community,
b. Describing relevant experience that would contribute to your success in completing this project, and
c. Confirming your availability to undertake this project within its timeline;
2) Five (5) hard copies of a current resume or biography, typed two pages maximum, and an additional page listing three professional references, including complete contact information for each and statement of how that person is related to your work;
3) One (1) disk (CD) with up to eight (8) digital images of your artwork or up to twelve (12) digital images of your artwork if you are submitting as a team of artists. Note that images must be saved as JPG files on a CD-ROM at 72dpi. Do not embed images into a PowerPoint presentation. Maximum pixel dimensions are 1000 in width and 1000 in height. All images MUST be clearly labeled with the artist’s or team of artist’s last name(s), first name(s), and number (order to be viewed).
4) Five (5) hard copies of an annotated list, typed two pages maximum, to accompany your selection of digital images of your artwork, including description, material, location, budget, client or commissioning organization and any other relevant project information.
5) Self-addressed envelope if you wish for your submission to be returned to you.
Submissions must be received on or before 5PM Friday, January 13, 2012 and should be addressed to:

Attn: Judy Hellman, Director of Special Projects City of Philadelphia
Mural Arts Program
The Lincoln Financial Mural Arts Center
at the Thomas Eakins House
1727-29 Mount Vernon Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

For questions about the Norristown Mural Project or the selection process please contact Judy Hellman, Director of Special Projects, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program at Please include “Norristown Mural Project” in the subject heading.

To learn more about the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program please visit

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