Call for Mural Artists! CRE8IV Transformational Art


The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) organizes the CRE8IV Transformational Art initiative and is currently looking to produce murals throughout the Rockford, IL region. RACVB is soliciting artists with mural experience to produce large-scale works of art on exterior walls Spring/Summer 2023.

Since the programs inception in 2017, CRE8IV has produced 32 murals to date.

Rockford, Illinois, USA

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Mural Roster 

The City of Victoria would like to add to it’s roster of pre-qualified, artists to be available for mural opportunities between April 2023 and October 2025.  

This Roster helps streamline the City’s process for selecting artists for City projects and helps to connect artists with local businesses and organizations looking to enhance their exterior walls with a mural. It will also assist the City in connecting a neighbourhood association or school with an artist to coordinate a community mural project. 

A Selection Panel will choose the approved artists within this competition. Submissions to the Mural Roster will be assessed on an artist’s unique visual storytelling style, their experience creating dynamic murals, collaborating with the community and working on complex mural projects. Artists who are selected for the roster will be included on the City’s Mural Roster webpage. 


The competition is open to mural artists who are current residents of Western Canada (Albera & British Columbia).   

Information Session

Interested applicants can join an online Information Session to learn more and ask questions.  

Mural Artist Roster Information Session
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Online.  
RSVP: Please register via the eventbrite page.


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Call for Mural Artists! CRE8IV Transformational Art

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CRE8IV Transformational Art works to encourage and enhance cultural life through public art by facilitation, recognition, and financial support of such. As part of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB), the CRE8IV initiative is looking to produce murals throughout the Rockford, IL region.  RACVB is soliciting artists with mural experience to produce large-scale works of art on exterior walls.  


The murals will be placed throughout the Rockford, IL region.  Each location will be selected based on its high visibility, overall wall condition and overall pedestrian traffic within the neighborhood. CRE8IV has curated 24 murals and 16 sculptures for the community.



The targeted locations are within specific neighborhoods throughout the Rockford region.  Sizes range from 20’X30’ to 50’X100’

  • Artists will be commissioned to exhibit original pieces of art.
  • Works are required to be created with the best quality paints to help with longevity and overall look of piece.
  • Murals that are vulgar, politically polarized, contain profanity or otherwise offensive language or symbols will not be considered.
  • Content must be appropriate for all ages. The review committee reserves the right to inspect all work and instruct the removal of elements not approved in original sketch.
  • Artists are strongly encouraged to showcase a diverse mix of styles including abstract, exuberant, positive, uplifting, and inspirational work.
  • We recognize the sizes are vastly different and would commission at different costs.  We are looking to get a sense of your projects of various sizes and will assign a wall / provide dimensions prior to you creating anything specific for this project.


Artist hereby grants RACVB a royalty free, worldwide, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use images of the Artwork, for non-commercial purposes, to market, promote and advertise the exhibition of the Artwork.

Upon the installation of the Artwork, RACVB shall provide Artist with high-resolution digital images of the Artwork. RACVB hereby grants Artist a royalty free, worldwide, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the images of the Artwork provided by RACVB to Artist to market, promote and advertise the Artwork.

RACVB shall promote and publicize the exhibition of the Artwork, which shall include: (i) hosting a news conference to celebrate the installation of the Artwork, (ii) producing and distributing handouts/brochures with information about and images of the Artwork; (iii) contacting local and regional newspapers and media companies about the Artwork; (iv) inclusion in RACVB promotional materials including on and across its social media platforms.


The intent is to leave murals as a permanent piece of art for the foreseeable future.  However, the building owner has the right to paint or change their wall as they see fit.  There is no guarantee of longevity of the display.


Artists are required to submit a proposal that includes all requirements for the project.  This should be an itemized list that includes, any/all fees other than what is noted below.

We will have your wall prepped and primed to your preferred color and provide an appropriate lift.  We will also provide 1 hotel room for you throughout your stay (anticipated 7 nights, not applicable to local applicants).  Your proposal should include a lump sum requirement for your original work, travel and paint/supplies.  We will consider additional items, such as additional hotel rooms, but this must be included in your proposal.

If selected, the payment schedule is as follows:

25% will be paid upon signing contract

75% will be paid upon completion.


Application Deadline:              Midnight, April 1, 2022

Review and Selection:            April 1-21, 2022

                                                (Selected projects must be approved by Review Committee and City of Rockford)

Artist Notification:                   No later than April 22, 2022

                                                (Dependent on approvals from City Council and Zoning Board)

Installation Dates:                   June 1-15, 2022

The RACVB Arts Fund reserves the right to update or revise the schedule, as necessary.  We want all artists on site during the same timeframe.


A selection panel composed of community members and facilitated by the RACVB will choose the finalists. Artists will be contacted once the decision has been made in a timely fashion to allow for planning of installation of sculpture.

Selection criteria including but are not limited to:

  • Creates a sense of joy for those viewing the piece
  • Suitable for all audiences
  • Represents abstract, exuberant, positive, uplifting, and inspirational work
    • Nods to the Rockford region are encouraged
  • Artist reputation, resume, exhibition history
  • Overall appeal and aesthetic quality
  • Able to meet overall project budget requirements
  • Ability to complete the project during the install period (June 1-15)


The CRE8IV Mural Application (follows the Call for Art) including required supporting information must be received by midnight, April 1, 2022.

Email to:

                                Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau – CRE8IV Murals


(Please indicate “2022 CRE8IV Mural Application – Submittal” in the subject line)


Mail to:

                                Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Charitable Foundation         

                                Attention:  CRE8IV Murals/Nicole Blough

                                102 Main Street                              

                                Rockford, IL 61101           

For more information on CRE8IV and to view information on the City’s current murals, please visit:


If you have questions, please contact the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at:              

                Phone:                  (815) 963-8111 or



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Douglass Mural Project




The City of Manhattan is a vibrant community of nearly 55,000 residents in northeast Kansas, two hours from Kansas City.  Manhattan is home to Kansas State University, a leading academic, research, and collegiate athletics institution, as well as Manhattan Christian College and Manhattan Area Technical College. An additional asset is the adjacent Fort Riley U.S. Army installation, home of the 1st Infantry Division.

The City of Manhattan, Kansas, seeks proposals for a public art mural project. Artists are invited to submit a proposal for this exciting opportunity to provide a large-scale work of art to be created inside the new Douglass Activity Center, currently under construction at 925 Yuma Street, in Manhattan, Kansas.

This mural project represents a unique opportunity for the selected artist to create a piece of public art representing the Black community in Manhattan. The mural’s theme should speak to the cultural and historical legacy of the area while celebrating and honoring the strength and resilience of the Black community. The mural should celebrate social justice, the creative cultural landscape, and changing attitudes toward racial equality. This mural will be the pinnacle of the Douglass Activity Center and will instill a sense of pride for the City’s diverse demographic.

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$13,500 stipend

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Wakes Week inspired Mural Commission - Open Call for Expressions of Interest




Deco Publique invites Expressions of Interest for The Wakes Week inspired Mural Commission. 

Deco Publique is an art and culture company based by the sea in Morecambe and working in and around the North.  We make public art that animates coastal spaces, rural landscapes and urban centres. Our portfolio includes the National Festival of Making and Vintage by the Sea Festival; the commissioning programme - Art in Manufacturing; the co-design programme - The FOLD; and the co-production of landscape artworks, Headlands to Headspace.

Deco Publique will commission an artist to produce a mural exploring the heritage of The Wakes Week - a holiday period with a strong tradition of mill towns visiting Morecambe and other Lancashire towns, attracted by the healing powers of the sea. 

We are seeking proposals which:

  • Explore the heritage themes whilst being visually contemporary in line with our aspiration to create vibrant public space.
  • Demonstrate the artist/collectives’ experience in delivering large scale commissions and producing high quality outcomes with cultural and artistic credibility

The artist will use the thematic reference of The Wakes Week to inform the mural, which will highlight Morecambe as a contemporary destination and staycation location for Summer 2021 and beyond. This is particularly prevalent in light of current and future travel restrictions - attracting visitors and promoting the resort's natural beauty and seaside attractions.

As well as a mural, responses to the brief may include:

  • community engaged work
  • digital work that can be shared online
  • graphic posters and printed assets reference points can be seen in the tradition of 19th century posters

We are committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination. We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and we are committed to working with people who identify with protected characteristics, diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Budget: £4500 fixed fee (See inclusions and exclusions on the full brief)

Deadline: 16th February (midnight)

Project Timescale: February 2021 to April 2021.


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Beach Walk Artist in Residence Grant




We are an Artist in Residence grant program for rental apartment communities, creating new pathways for artists to thrive, and for fellow residents to celebrate the spirit of arts in community. American Landmark: Artist in Residence provides no-cost housing and studio space for up to one year for selected visual artists. In return, grant recipients are responsible for implementing community-wide, on-site art programs.

This particular residency opportunity at Beach Walk at Sheridan is located in Dania Beach, Florida. Beach Walk is the perfect location for murals, outdoor art classes, and family-friendly creative functions. We are seeking a South Florida visual artist to reside here at no-cost and to work in conjunction with the current management team as a liaison to the spirit of arts.

Artists currently residing in South Florida, over the age of 18, and working in a wide variety of visual arts disciplines are welcome to apply, especially muralists, public artists, mixed media artists, and installation artists. Beach Walk at Sheridan is seeking professionals who are confident in their artistic voice, and who have an interest in expanding their artistic practice in a community-focused context.

Artist will be chosen based solely on compatibility with the needs of the Beach Walk at Sheridan community and likelihood to thrive creatively in this context. This is an equal opportunity position. We value artistic expression, experience, creativity, excellence, professionalism and inclusion.

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The selected artist will be awarded no-cost housing and studio space at Beach Walk at Sheridan for up to one year. 

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