The Downtown Mural Project committee has identified two locations for murals this summer – the west side of the Graffiti Records building (403 N Front Street, Elk Street side) and the Anderson Warehouse located at the intersection of 2nd and F Streets, across from Broadway Burger Station. An additional site on the Pla-Mor Bowling Alley building has already been selected and an artist chosen.
The process for application this year includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from interested artists, which are due March 31, 2017. From the submitted RFQs, the committee will select three artists for each project site to develop proposals. Artists will be compensated $150 each for concept development. From the concepts presented, the committee will select one artists (or team) for each project site.
The timeline for the murals is:
- March 31 – RFQ deadline
- Selection Committee meets: Week of April 3
- Three Semi-finalists notified: On or before April 10
- Semi-finalists presentations: Week of May 8
- Finalist announced & contacted: Week of May 15
- Contract signed: May 24
- Mural completed by September 1
Potential concepts for the murals include:
- Landscape & Wildlife – antelope, deer, sage grouse, fishing, petroglyphs, fossils, White Mountain, Flaming Gorge, etc.
- Heritage – 56 nationalities, maps, local celebrations, etc.
- Western Culture – cattle, sheep herders, mule train, rodeo, livery, wild horses, etc.
- Industry – Coal mining, trona, agriculture, oil and gas, trains, etc.
A stipend of $7,000 is available for the Anderson warehouse, with an option for an additional $2,500 if the west end of the building is incorporated. A stipend of $2,500 is available for the Graffiti building.
How to Apply:
Artists’ RFQ packet should include the following:
- Letter of interest of no more than one page in length that explains the artist’s interest in the project.
- Current résumé. If submitting as a team, a current resume should be submitted for each team member.
- Images of previous work (max 10). Digital images are preferred and should be .jpg, 300 dpi, 6 inches in the longest direction, RGB color.
- Image list. Please include: artist’s name, title, date, medium, size, and if a commissioned project, location and the commission budget.
- References. Submit three professional references who have direct knowledge of the artist’s work and working methods. List must include name, title, company/organization, email address, and phone number.
- Contact details. Include a phone number and/or email address where you can be reached.
- Optional. The artist may include up to three selections of support materials such as reviews, news articles, and other related information.
All qualification materials should be submitted on a jump drive by 4 pm on March 31, 2017 to the Rock Springs Main Street office. The full RFQ can be requested by contacting the office at 307-352-1434 or via their website at DowntownRS.com
Last fall, the Rock Springs Main Street/URA launched a kick-starter fundraising campaign to raise funds for additional murals in Downtown Rock Springs. With an initial goal of $7,500 set, the project netted more than $18,000, thanks in part due to a $7,500 match by Bruce and Carla Pivic.
The Rock Springs Main Street/URA is charged with the redevelopment of Downtown Rock Springs. As part of their mission, there are four standing committees – Economic Restructuring, Organization, Promotions, and Design. For more information on the program, contact the Rock Springs Main Street/URA at 307-352-1434 or visit their website at DowntownRS.com.