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North Wall Mural

Call for Submissions for a New Outdoor Mural Project

Partnership between McGuffey Art Center, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and the Charlottesville Mural Project

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA: McGuffey Art Center, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and the Charlottesville Mural Project are excited to announce a call for muralist submissions for a rotating mural space on McGuffey Art Center’s north exterior wall. This outdoor mural will display the voices, perspectives, and stories of Black, Indigenous, and Artists of Color (BIAOC) in our community who are not sufficiently represented at McGuffey Art Center. After being painted, the mural will ideally provide a space for collective thought, encourage calls to action, engage dialogue, or attract small public gatherings inspired by the work or artist(s).

The designated space for the mural measures 4 x 96 feet and selected muralists’ work will remain on the wall for a 6 month duration. The free application, along with details about eligibility and more about the project itself, can be found on McGuffey Art Center’s website (link) or at the following application link. The deadline to apply for this first round of submissions is October 25, 2020

For the current iteration of this project, self-identified BIAOC artists residing in the City of Charlottesville and neighboring counties in the Central Virginia area are eligible to apply. McGuffey Art Center, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and the Charlottesville Mural Project embrace diversity of background and artistic vision, and encourage artists without prior mural experience to apply. 

After the open application period, muralists will be selected by the programming committee at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative as well as by members of McGuffey’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

All selected muralists will be provided an artist stipend for creative and physical labor and the cost of all painting materials will be covered. McGuffey Art Center, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and the Charlottesville Mural Project will document the progression of the mural on social media and their respective websites. Additionally, photos of the completed mural will be taken, free of charge, for the artist(s) to use in their portfolios. 

To celebrate the completion of the mural and the artist’s vision, McGuffey Art Center will host a “mural reveal ceremony” in conjunction with First Friday (with proper social distancing). The specifics of this “reveal” event will be provided on a later date.

Interested artists with any questions about this project should be directed to Sri Kodakalla & Brielle DuFlon, Renting Artists at McGuffey Art Center (mcguffeyrei@gmail.com).