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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 21:22

Open call for Sylva mural

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The Town of Sylva and the Sylva Public Art Committee invite artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for an artist to develop a mural concept and for installation of mural by artist(s) on the wall of Ward Plumbing & Heating on Mill Street in downtown Sylva.

An artist or artist team is being selected to develop the first public mural downtown. The mural concept is for the artist to create mural representative of a vintage postcard that is engaging and representative of the community. The Public Art Committee envisions a historic postcard with the letters of Sylva filled with five of our community’s attributes. The Town of Sylva and Public Art Committee will consider other mural concepts that are representative of the community. If interested and schedule permitting, the artist may have the opportunity to work with art students at Western Carolina University to engage more of the community. Artists should indicate whether they are interested in this in the artist statement.

Once the concept is reviewed by the Sylva Public Art Committee and the Board of Commissioners, the artist will be responsible for materials as well as the labor to paint the approved mural onto the wall. Please note the specifications on the attached drawing including the surface area of the block wall at approximately 53 feet in length and a height of 21 feet eight inches. The town asks that the top of the wall remain a solid color or simple pattern for easier maintenance.

Artist finalists may propose design concepts with a final project budget of up to $10,000. The final proposed project budget must be inclusive of all fees, including but not limited to design fees, costs for installation, materials, administrative costs, insurance and all travel expenses related to the project upon artist selection through completion of the project. Artists will be required to meet the town’s insurance requirements.

The Town of Sylva follows the definition of an artist as being a professional practitioner in the arts, generally recognized by his or her peers as possessing serious intent and ability. Any artist team 18 years of age or older who are authorized to work in the United States are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to artists residing in Jackson, Haywood, Macon, Buncombe, and Swain counties. Secondary preference will be given to residents within a 300-mile radius.

Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Applications and materials must be received by this date and time to be considered. Include the following in the subject line: Downtown Sylva Mural Project.

For questions about submissions, what is expected in each submission or to confirm receipt of materials, contact Sylva Town Manager Paige Dowling at 828.586.2719 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include the following in the subject line: “Downtown Sylva Mural Project.”

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