2023 ARTIST Submissions – The festival committee is seeking family friendly mural designs in any artistic style. We are looking for captivating designs that are visually appealing and represent the community we foster. Our goal is to encourage a sense of wellness, strive for a better tomorrow, and share images that foster hope and connection. We are dedicated to furthering the emerging arts scene in our increasingly diverse population, in Midland, Michigan.
Art Seen Festival seeks to strengthen our Midland County, Michigan, community through vibrant mural making and live performances. Accessible public art is a meaningful way to connect people to feel seen, heard, and included.
Art inspires us and propels us forward while bringing voice to diverse experiences, and people. Public art gives our community a collective voice and a way to express our values while it brings awareness of and beauty to both the physical and cultural landscape of our city. This work aligns with our larger Midland County vision statement: Together, Forward, Bold. An exceptional place where everyone thrives.
ENTRY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS:
Entries must be artist’s original work, where they are the primary artist. First round selection is based on portfolio review, not a proposal specific to the mural site.
Artists must submit a minimum of 3 maximum of 10 images of previous mural projects.
Artists must be at least 18 years of age.
If accepted, the artist artist must be available for orientation Friday June 2nd, actively painting the mural during the festival June 3-4, and may use Monday June 5, 2023 to complete their work if needed.
Artists are responsible for carrying their own liability insurance.
Paint and scaffolding/bucket lift (depending on the height of the wall) will be provided for use, but the artist is responsible for providing any additional materials (brushes, rags, etc) they may need. The mural wall will be cleaned, primed, and ready to be painted on. Specific paint colors will be submitted after the winning artist has been selected.
Artists are responsible for the entire mural execution including the hiring and paying of assistants, if the artist so chooses.
Artists are responsible for all travel costs. Stipend amounts are detailed below based on each mural site.
The selection process will have two rounds. The first round will be the festival committee reviewing artists’ portfolios. A small group of artists will be contacted via email if they are selected to continue to round two. At that time they will be offered a $150 stipend per artist to create a proposal specific to the mural site(s). The second round will be the festival committee reviewing artists’ proposals. If your proposal is selected you will be contacted via email, to set up a time to speak with a representative of the committee to work through final details.
This call is open to artists in the United States and international artists. International artists must be able to accept payment in the form of a US paper check to be considered.
All second round mural proposals must be the original work of the artist in concept, composition, and execution. Artists’ proposals will be selected by a selection panel composed of Art Seen Festival Committee members. Decisions by the selection panel are final and not open to negotiation. Art Seen Festival does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.
There are two opportunities for commissioned murals in 2023. Your portfolio review does not need to include site specific proposal. Only a select few artists will be asked to complete this step for round two.
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