Sterling Heights looking for Muralist Submissions for public art

~ The City of Sterling Heights is inviting mural artists to submit designs for a large outdoor mural to be installed at a highly visible location in the city this summer. The chosen artist will be commissioned by the City to create the mural, which will be promoted through print and social media and highlighted in numerous community arts and culture events.

The City hopes that the artist or artists will take into consideration its Visioning 2030 vision statement and guiding principles when proposing their design. These include safe, well-maintained neighborhoods enhanced by great schools; plentiful leisure and recreation opportunities featuring fully utilized parks; abundant pathways for biking and walking; focal points that are both public and private to serve as destinations for residents and visitors; well-maintained roads and green spaces; successful, vibrant, and attractive commercial centers with unique offerings; and a destination for high-tech industries.

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Submissions must include a one-page narrative description of the concept for the work, including its scale, types of material, colors, installation details, a current resume including any past experience with public art, up to three references with contact information, and proposed cost which must include all aspects such as design, labor, materials including scaffolding and pre-install power washing of surface. The total area of the outside wall is 144' wide x 24' high. The mural will be applied to a painted brick surface.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m., Friday June 2nd 2023. Artists must be 18 years of age or over to be eligible for consideration. The maximum budget allocated by the City is $30,000.

Sterling Heights has been investing in murals since 2018 with input from its Arts Commission in order to bring art, color and creativity to formerly blank or uninspiring facades throughout the City. Residents can learn more about the City's existing Public Art collection at

The chosen artist will have an opportunity to showcase their work on a highly visible location in Sterling Heights this summer while contributing to the city's vibrant culture through artistry.

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