The City of Austin and UP Art Studio are inviting artists to bring local flair to Austin streets. The Austin Transportation Department has contracted with UP Art Studio to bring the studio's Mini Murals program to the department's new Artbox Program, which makes traffic signal control cabinets at intersections available as canvases for artists.
UP Art Studio has opened a call for artists, inviting local Austin artists to submit their qualifications for the opportunity to create an artbox, or mini mural on a signal cabinet. The deadline is Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. Applications will be reviewed, and qualifying artists accepted, to create a registry of artists available for this opportunity and future projects managed by UP Art Studio. Artists will be compensated $1,000 for their work.
The first four installations are being funded by the Austin Transportation Department. “The Artbox Program is just one way we are moving to make Austin streets more people-oriented—better, more lively places for people to walk and bike and express the special character of our community,” said Katherine Gregor, Austin Transportation coordinator for the program.
“We are excited that the City of Austin is advancing this program,” said Noah Quiles, Managing Partner of UP Art Studio. “We’re also seeking other sponsors for more installations in Austin. In Houston, we have completed over 200 installations. Our sponsors see a mini mural as a great way to give back to the community. The cost to sponsor a mini mural is $2,500, with $1,000 going directly to the artist.” Additional opportunities for artists to enhance Austin cabinets are anticipated as more project sponsors are identified.
Artists interested in joining the registry can find the open call guidelines at minimurals.org/austin. The application requires providing qualifications, images of prior work, a letter of intent, and other information. Applicants will be notified of results the week of Jan. 14, 2018.