2019 Back Alley Gallery Mural Project: Call For Artists
Applications Due Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Morning Bell Coffee Roasters [111 Main St., Ames], approx. 20'x20'
A view from the street. Folks traveling on Duff Ave. will be a great audience for this piece.
If you want to expand beyond the 20'x20', that could happen, too!
This wall goes on forever!
The Ames Community Arts Council, in cooperation with Morning Bell Coffee Roasters, is seeking artists to create the inaugural
mural of the Back Alley Gallery. These one-of-a-kind, large-scale pieces are intended to demonstrate the creative spirit of the
Ames community, while showcasing the talents of local and regional artists. Both individual artists and teams of artists are eligible to apply.
Morning Bell Coffee Roasters, located at 111 Main St., Ames.
They are hoping that the mural on their building will be colorful, eye-catching, inspiring, and urban. Here's more, from the
No words please. At the minimum, we would like to have a
mural on the most visible 20' x 20' area closest to Main Street,
but it could be bigger. It will be extremely visible to the thousands of cars driving by on Duff everyday, and we expect that the mural will instantly become a local landmark. Specifically, the city will
not allow any coffee-related themes, as that would be considered signage for the business, which is limited and regulated. We were dreaming about a giant native animal, like a bird or chipmunk, but we aren't set on any one design or idea - we'd like to encourage
an artist to make their vision a reality. We moved our business
here from Phoenix, AZ, and we really loved the murals around
town there, especially those by Jeff Slim. We plan to paint the
wall with primer in the same dark grey color that is on the front
of our building to prep for the art work.
The participating artist will be reimbursed at the rate of $7 per square foot. This budget is intended to cover the artist’s stipend, materials, and rental equipment.
Monday, July 1 - Call for Artists released
Wednesday, July 31 - Application deadline
Thursday, August 1 - Selection committee meets
Friday, August 2 - Semi-finalists notified and concept drawings requested
Monday, August 26 - Semi-finalists present design and budget
Friday, August 30 - Selected artist(s) notified
Friday - Saturday, October 12 - 13 - Community celebration
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The Back Alley Gallery is being coordinated by the Ames Community Arts Council and made possible with the support of the City of Ames Commission on the Arts [COTA]. If you would like to participate as an artist or discuss having a mural created for your business, please contact the Ames Community Arts Council by
e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 515-259-0494.