VIA The Arts Council of Indianapolis: The Arts Council of Indianapolis is assembling a pool of artists interested in creating large-scale, painted portrait murals of “legends” important to the growth and culture of Indianapolis. Murals are anticipated to be executed between 2021 and 2023. At least 2-3 murals will be created during the initial phase, with additional murals pending funding.
About the Indiana Legends Mural Series
As part of Indianapolis’ Bicentennial celebration (observed between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021), the Arts Council of Indianapolis is beginning a long-term, deliberate effort to convene community conversations around the concept of “legends,” and to commission new, civic-scale portrait murals of legendary Indiana figures.
Although it is being started during the Bicentennial, and the goal is to identify “legends” who embody the Bicentennial values of History, Civic Pride, Innovation, and Legacy, the Arts Council anticipates creating Legends murals past the dates of the Bicentennial celebration.
This is a non-juried pool. The community stakeholder committee convened for each portrait mural will review everyone whose work is in the pool at the time and will select artists to be compensated to create design proposals for specific murals. Some murals may require a special jury process or, based on the partnerships involved, may require their artists to be identified in a different manner; however, we anticipate that nearly all mural projects will be commissioned from artists who have submitted their information to this pool. Artists may submit information to the pool at any time, but artists in the pool as of November 8 will be considered for the first murals in spring/summer 2021.
COMMISSION FEE: $20,000-$30,000 per mural (covers artist labor, materials, and travel expenses; for some murals it may also cover equipment expenses)
ELIGIBILITY: Professional mural artists over 18 and legally able to work onsite in the United States
DEADLINE: November 8, 2020
This deadline is for murals to be created in spring/summer 2021; artists may provide information after this date to be considered for murals to be created in fall 2021 and later.