Call for Public Artists & Designers


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The Newark Public Art Program seeks lead and supporting artists for Newark Murals.

Newark Murals tell Newark’s stories, celebrating and commemorating underrecognized people, places, and events. Each Newark Mural results from a collaboration between a community-based organization, young people, researchers, and artists convened and facilitated by Newark Public Art Program staff.

Projects range from 4 to 10 months in length, and artist stipends vary based on project scope and artist experience. Past murals have ranged in size from 800 to 6000 square feet.

Applicants must have experience in making large-scale graphic or visual art, collaborating with students and community-based organizations, and a strong interest in engaging Newark communities. Lead and supporting artists will implement project according to work plan and schedule, contribute to a collaborative design process with diverse stakeholders and participate in formal approval process, serve as painting site manager, supervise students and/or community participants, administer evaluations and assessments, and participate in the dedication ceremony.

Sites for 2014-15 projects have been selected based on nominations submitted by community-based organizations. See flyer for anticipated sites. The Newark Public Art Program is committed to create artwork in places where it will matter most to improving everyday life in Newark.

Submissions must be emailed to by February 28, 2014, with “Lead Artist” or “Supporting Artist” in subject line, be no more than 3 pages, and include the following:

1. Cover letter explaining:
a. your interest in producing public artwork in Newark
b. your approach to and past experience in collaborative design and art making with community-based organizations
c. your past experience creating large-scale outdoor murals
d. your past experience working at heights or on scaffolding
e. your past experience with teaching at any level
f. your past experience with mobility impaired students

2. Curriculum Vitae showing art, design, and educational experience

3. 5-10 JPEGs of relevant past work with accompanying two sentence descriptions about the artwork and your specific involvement in the piece (not included in page limit).

4. Names and contact information for three professional references with whom you have worked on relevant projects.

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