Artists are being sought to work with community partners on the creation of a multi-panel mural in Hudson, Wisconsin, 30.1 miles from the place where George Floyd was murdered, a site that has become the epicenter of social change in this country and across the world. The mural will be a visual reminder of the active and ongoing commitment needed to create change for racial equality and social justice.
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who live, work, or have a connection to Western Wisconsin and the St. Croix River Valley are especially encouraged to apply, with submissions from all interested artists from the Twin Cities metro area considered.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of jurors including artists and community activists, Ta-coumba T. Aiken and Moira Villiard, and project leader Liz Malanaphy. The mural will consist of six panels, each measuring 4 x 6.5 feet and each representing a different natural element. This overarching theme reflects the fact that, in nature, diversity is strength and, as is true with the natural environment, diversity is necessary to create thriving cultural communities. Plywood circles measuring approximately 6 inches in diameter with faces painted by individual community members will be attached to the panels.
One to six artists are being sought to design and paint the panels. The selected artist(s) may paint their panel(s) in their studio(s) or work at The Phipps Center for the Arts, as artists-in-residence. Conversations and other interactions with selected artist(s) will be planned in a way to protect one another from the spread of COVID-19. The community engagement necessary to paint the faces will be coordinated by project leader and Hudson-based artist/educator, Liz Malanaphy, with support from project partners The Phipps Center for the Arts, Sustain Hudson, and The Hudson Inclusion Alliance.
As completed, panels will be displayed separately through downtown Hudson. The target date for all panels to be finished is October 17, 2020. At that time, they will be installed together on a wall near the corner of 2nd and Vine Streets. Partners will hold public programs and events as possible at the site and/or at other community locations, inspired by the mural project.
Selected artist(s) will receive an honorarium of $500 per panel, plus materials and supplies.
To apply, submit up to six images of related recent work to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Project 30.1 Artist Submission”. In the body of the e-mail, include your name, phone number, website address (if you have one), and up to three references with names and phone numbers. Also attach a word document with titles and descriptions of the images submitted, including any supplemental information to help the jurors.
The submission deadline is Tuesday, September 8. Artists will be notified of the jurors’ decision on or before September 15.
Questions? Contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, The Phipps Center for the Arts, 715-386-2305, ext. 103, or email@example.com.