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Call for Mural Artists for Downtown Clearwater

Post Date:06/13/2018 1:35 PM

Call Summary

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), in partnership with the Clearwater Public Art and Design Board and Downtown Development Board, is seeking artists to design and paint a series of murals on public and private properties throughout Downtown Clearwater. Applications are due on Monday, July 9, 2018, and the selected artists will be notified by Friday, July 20, 2018. Murals must be completed by January 31, 2019. The budget for each mural will range from $5,000 - $20,000 depending on the size and complexity of the artwork.

Project Description

The Clearwater CRA is charged with implementing the downtown vision for Clearwater, Florida, which is the urban core and the city’s historical center. Downtown Clearwater will be revitalized through the creation of a high quality public realm designed to weave art and culture into the fabric of everyday life. As part of the public art strategy, the CRA is commissioning artists to design and paint five to seven murals that will be visible to the public as they are walking and driving through Downtown Clearwater.

Art Goals

This is the first large scale mural project in Downtown Clearwater, and it will help set the tone for future public art projects. The CRA seeks to establish a visual look and feel that distinguishes Downtown Clearwater from Clearwater Beach and surrounding communities. We are seeking experienced mural artists with a strong point of view and the ability to create complex, engaging designs. Artists are welcome to use Clearwater's history, signature events and physical environment as inspiration; however, the final designs must go beyond the simple visual representation of an object or event.  

Mural Locations
The following sites have been confirmed to receive murals. The exact size of the mural and location on the building will be determined in collaboration with the CRA staff, the artist and the property owner.

  1. Garden Street Parking Garage – 28 N. Garden Avenue
  2. The Flag Company (AKA Vet’s Flags) - 1360 Cleveland Street
  3. Creative Contractors (trail side) - 620 Drew Street
  4. Commercial Building - 512 Cleveland Street
  5. Clearwater Tower Parking Garage (the portion facing Station Square Park) - 33 N. Garden Avenue

The project budget for each site will range from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the size and complexity of the work. The budget will cover the artist's fee, travel costs and materials.

Artist Eligibility
This call is open to artists and teams of artists with professional experience in public art and murals.

Application Requirements
Please submit the following items contained in a single PDF or Microsoft Word document:

  • A one-page resume or short biography
  • Three to five photographs or links to photographs of past murals
  • List the mural site(s) you are most interested in and a corresponding project budget including the artist’s fee, estimated materials costs and travel costs (if applicable)
  • Contact information for two references from past mural clients

Deadline and Submission Address
Applications are due on Monday, July 9, 2018, at noon (EST) via email to Anne Lopez, the CRA’s executive assistant, at

Selection Process
There will be a two-phase selection process. First, each application will be reviewed by a panel of CRA staff, representatives of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Board, participating property owners and representatives of the Downtown Development Board. Second, the highest scoring artists will be asked to participate in a phone interview to determine the right pairing of property owner and artist for each mural site. Selected artists will be notified by Friday, July 20, 2018.   

Panel Selection Criteria
The review panel will consider the following factors for each application:

Ability to meet the project’s artistic goals
Ability to collaborate with clients
Ability to meet the project timeline
Proposed budget for the work

Project Timeline
The call will close on Monday, July 9, 2018, at noon. The panel will conduct its review and phone interviews between July 10 – July 19, 2018. The selected artists will be notified by Friday, July 20, 2018. Murals must be complete by January 31, 2019.


Contact Anne Lopez, the CRA’s executive assistant, at the Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency at or (727) 562-4039.

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