Feb 242012

City of Salem Calls for Submissions to ArtBox 2012

Winners to Receive Significant Visibility & $500 dollars

 Utility to Beauty

The City of Salem is asking artists to submit proposals to paint a downtown utility boxes as part of ArtBox 2012. Winning artists will have their work in front of one million people annually and will receive $500.

In the hopes of promoting individual artists as well as the community’s burgeoning arts scene, ArtBox asks all interested to propose a piece of art that presents his or her visual interpretation of Salem’s cityscape, culture, community pride or art itself.

 Project Background

Salem’s first art box (pictured above), has been received very positively. Inspired by its success and the city’s increased artistic momentum, a group of local art appreciators and community leaders came together at the end of 2011 to spearhead ArtBox, a program to transform these utilitarian eyesores into original works of art.

Beyond adding to Salem’s spirit of creativity, community and innovation, these boxes are meant to beautify and inspire. If successful, ArtBox will be a perennial project. 

Nuts & Bolts

Open to all skilled and talented artists, the deadline for submission is Friday, April 6th. The work will be judged by an independent group of creative professionals, including Steven Zevitas, President and Publisher New American Painting and owner of the Boston-based Steven Zevitas Gallery. One box will be painted weekly starting in June.

Winners will be publically announced at the Salem Arts Festival on June 1.

See the city website at salem.com/pages/artbox to download the submission requirements and details. (Info. from a city of Salem Press Release)


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