A Public Art Project sponsored by Lehigh Carbon Community College, funded in part by a PA Partner in the Arts grant through the PA Council on the Arts and Lehigh Valley Arts Council.
Call for Entries
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) seeks submissions for a street art project at the Donley Center at 718 Hamilton Street, Allentown. The installation will express the individual visions of five artists or artist groups, each producing one of five side-by-side panels (15’w x 8’h) on the building’s “Wall on Hall” Street. To encourage a wide perspective, artists will be encouraged to work with local schools, community organizations, and other groups to help them express how they see the community. Each panel within the larger installation will be unified under a standardized palette of colors and represent the theme of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity will be expressed not only through the imagery represented, but also through the artists and their individual experiences in the creative process and connection to community. Additionally, the transformation of a blank wall into a piece of art will reflect the ongoing transformation of the City of Allentown. This street art installation will serve as a catalyst on how community can unite and inspire change through beauty and creativity for the city and greater Lehigh Valley. We invite all professional and emerging artists to enter this call for submissions to become part of the rich culture and diversity that the City of Allentown has to offer.
Include the following before midnight of February 1, 2019:
• A proposal
• A resume or short biography.
• Five digital images- examples of your work that give a sense of your skill and approach to this project. Please include at least one detailed composition of the specific concept for this project within these five images.
• A brief description of the proposed mural and how you will utilize this platform to exemplify the importance of Diversity and Unity within a community (500 word limit).
• A brief description of your approach to the planning and execution of this mural project (500 word limit).
Ten artists or artistic teams will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of a mix of art and design professionals, non-profit staff, city representatives, and other community representatives. These 10 artists will be selected to provide their mural design on a 30”w x 10h” scale by the end of February. These pieces will be exhibited at the Donley Center for viewing by community members, students, and staff to select their favorite designs for the mural. This will create a platform for the community and artists to discuss, express, and bond through the dialogue that art creates. Factoring in the outcome of community voting, the panel will select the top five designs and announce the results by early April. The five commissioned artists or artistic teams will receive a stipend of $500, materials and supplies not to exceed $500/artist, and recognition and experience to support the growth and career of the artists. With each artist willing to commit to improving and furthering the conversation of diversity through the creative practice, the City of Allentown will continue to flourish.
Artists will begin installation in April, 2019. Each panel (measuring 15’w x 8’h) will give the artists or artistic group ample space to execute their vision fully. The process of street art and mural installation is exciting, and the performance will allow the community to interact with artists as they work to enhance the beauty of the neighborhood. Murals will be completed by June 30, 2019, with an unveiling and artist “meet and greet” scheduled in July.
The overall goal of this project is to put action to LCCC’s value statement on diversity and to share how the many differences among us add to the Allentown experience. Street art and urban murals are an important part of the country’s cultural movement to share disparate and often disenfranchised voices. This mural will highlight and celebrate diverse faces while demonstrating that together they can create something beautiful.
An additional goal behind the project is to share the artistic process and product with the community. LCCC is directly in the middle of the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) and hopes that the re-imagining of this blank wall will add excitement and beauty to an area that is currently blossoming. The project is a way for LCCC to participate in the great things happening in downtown Allentown while supporting and providing exposure to local artists.
The art will be maintained by LCCC. The college reserves the right at its sole discretion to reject any and all proposals without penalty. The final selections will be those submissions which, in the opinion of committee, best meet the requirements set forth in this Call for Entries. Selected artists and artistic teams should be prepared to enter into a contract based on the terms as presented here.
For more information and questions please email Jeremy Siedt at email@example.com
Project Timeline (Subject to Change)
• Call to Artists: November 1, 2018, to February 1, 2019
• February 7-10, 2019 – Semifinalists selected and announced
• February 14-28 – Street Art workshops begin (at the conclusion of these workshops, the final 30”x10” exhibition piece will be due)
• March 4 – LCCC Donley semifinalist exhibition and community dialogue ceremony – then on March 11 move to ArtWalk
• April 1-5 – Finalists announced
• April 4-June 21 – Installation on the “Wall on Hall”
• July – Unveiling and awards ceremony
Copyright, including any and all designs, shall remain property of the artist. Upon the completion of the project, finished artwork becomes the property of Lehigh Carbon Community College.