Artscape Pittsfield is continuing its effort to bring a variety of public art to downtown are in the planning phases of a new mural project in the city in Fall of this year.

The group completed 11 Paintboxes with various local artists earlier this year that can be seen all over the city.

Artists will be responsible for providing all the materials required, including paint, to complete their design. If an artist is traveling from out of the area, transportation and housing are at the artist’s expense.

This mural project will be located in a prime, highly visible location in Downtown Pittsfield at street level and is planned for an 11'4" height x 12'11" width space. Scaffolding and/or tall ladders will be needed if covering the entire vertical area

This Artscape project is open to all US-based artists, but artists from the Berkshires are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be professional artists, designers, or fabricators or partnered with professional artists, designers, or fabricators; eligible to work in the United States; and age 18 and older. The artist must be available to oversee the installation of the mural.

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals that must include a color sketch of the proposed artwork and a sample of previous work (small and large scale if available) and should be submitted by September 9, 2022. The budget for the project is $5,000 all-inclusive.

Proposals will be reviewed by a jury comprised of Artscape and other project stakeholders who may include building owners, renters, funding donors, and other community members.

The selected artist will be notified by September 16 and the project completion deadline is November 1.

 Artscape is a volunteer-led committee that sponsors, plans, and oversees annual juried exhibitions of public art in Pittsfield. Artscape’s mission is to enhance the overall character of the city’s downtown and attract visitors by installing and promoting works of art in various accessible outdoor locations throughout Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. Current Artscape initiatives on display include murals, paintboxes, and sculptures. The Artscape walking tour is an outdoor gallery that changes each year.

 This mural is generously sponsored by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

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