• Public Art Call - Aquifer Mural

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    January 28, 2019
    Project Description
    The City of Moscow Public Works Department and Arts Department (hereinafter “City”) seek qualifications from mural artists for a semi-permanent public artwork (hereinafter “Project”). The Water Filter Plant building has been selected for a mural installation on the highly-visible and busy intersection of Jackson and “A” Street. Artist(s) will have the opportunity to place a painted mural of our aquifer system, based on the image of the Generalized Geologic Cross Section Through Pullman and Moscow (see Image I below). The intention of this Project is to educate our citizens of the City’s water resource.

    Location. North and West-facing walls on the Water Filter Plant at 120 West “A” Street in Moscow.


    The total amount of funding available for this Project is not to exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000). Additional concessions are not offered (i.e. room and board, daily per diem, food, art supplies, scaffolding, etc….).

    • Either an individual artist or a team of artists may apply.
    • Artist(s) living within a one hundred fifty (150) mile radius of Moscow, Idaho are eligible for this mural.
    • Insurance and a business license. 

    • February 28, 2019, Submission deadline.
    • March 14, 2019, Selection panel results announced to all applicants.
    • March 18 through April 12, 2019, Selected artist(s) finalizes design details in collaboration with selection panel.
    • June 12, 2019, Mural completion date.

    Submission Requirements
    • Artist resume´ with two (2) references from past mural projects.
    • Digital submission of mural portfolio/past work showing a history of two (2) or more projects of a similar scale.
    • Submit file(s) by email to nbaker@ci.moscow.id.us (PDF or JPEG). Ensure that attachments are appropriate size for email delivery. Send multiple messages if necessary.

    Selection Criteria
    A selection panel will evaluate the applicant(s) materials based on the following:
    • Professionalism of application materials and past work.
    • Artist(s) aesthetic sensibility fits the Project goals.
    • References can confirm that past project deadlines were met.

    Selection Process
    • A selection panel will review all applicants’ materials in early March, 2019.
    • All applicants will be notified of selection panel decision by March 14, 2019.
    • Selection panel will be comprised of City staff and professionals in the arts and sciences. 

    Finalizing Design and Production Details
    • The artist(s) on the selection panel will decide what details of Image I (see below) will be included on the mural that will best fit the space and the Project goals.
    • Supplies and labor for the building surface preparation are City’s responsibility. Artist(s) will work with City staff to determine appropriate surface preparation.
    • Artist(s) are responsible for acquiring all materials, beyond preparation, needed to complete the Project. • Artist(s) are responsible for promoting the longevity of the work (i.e. applying high quality, durable, outdoor paints, and anti-graffiti protective coating).
    • The selected artist(s) will schedule a time to complete the Project with Public Works staff.
    • Artist(s) must sign an Agreement committing to completion of the Project, completion of the Project on time, and releasing City of injury liability, etc.
    • A variety of promotions such as press releases, social media posts, and educational events will follow the completion of the Project. Artist(s) may be called upon for media events such as interviews or photo opportunities.
    • Once completed, and at the cost of City, the Artist(s) agrees to be available for twelve (12) months after completion of the mural to make any repairs.

    The completed design becomes the property of City and the selected artist(s) will be required to sign an Art Purchase Agreement transferring all rights of the work to City.
    Nicole Baker, Environmental Services Coordinator