Contemporary Mural Arts Festival

Contemporary Mural Arts Festival

Open Call

Apr. 06, 2018
Fairfax, VA/United States
Deadline Dec. 03, 2017
Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Exhibitions
Open for applications

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Contemporary Mural Arts Festival

The Contemporary Mural Arts Festival at Mason is a student-conceived initiative to display the work of accomplished public artists and to activate the University's learning environment with beautiful and thought-provoking artworks. Sponsored by faculty in the School of Art and Provisions Research Center for Art and Social Change, the Mural Festival seeks qualifications from artists with experience and interest in transforming public space through art.

George Mason University is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment free from any discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, pregnancy status or genetic information. George Mason University shall adhere to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity/affirmative action statutes and regulations.

The Contemporary Mural Arts Festival theme is WALLS. It aims to present projects addressing the relationships between living creatures and walls from multiple points of view.

University regulations will not allow painting directly on building surfaces, so the project will feature alternative mural methods including painting on suspended mesh fabric, projection, computer-activated light, digitally-printed wrap, banners, etc. Projects will be on view for approximately 6 months.


There is no submission fee, but applicants must be 18 or older and eligible to work in the U.S.

Please upload:
1. 250-word statement about your work and your general thoughts on the theme of WALLS
2. Current resume with contact information
3. Up to 10 JPEGs or MPEGS of your work
4. Up to five digital copies of previous press coverage

Winners of the RFQ selection process will be asked to submit detailed plans for a mural project. Final projects will be funded up to $5,000 for travel, lodging, supplies, and installation. In addition, there will be a $3,000 artist fee, half of which ($1,500) will be paid upon approval of final design, and the other half ($1,500) upon completed installation and festival opening.


Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of professional artists and curators and Mason student representatives based on the following:
1. High quality of the work submitted
2. Responsiveness to the theme of WALLS
3. Family-friendly artworks (no explicit nudity or hate speech)
4. Financial and physical feasibility
5. Reflection of diverse identities (ethnic, geographic, sexual, gender, cultural, political, etc.)
6. Innovation in design and materials


December 3, 2017, 12 pm: Deadline for RFQ submission
January 8, 2018: Notification of winners of RFQ submissions, who will be eligible to submit detailed designs
January 29, 2018: Detailed designs submission deadline
April 6-7: Mural Festival opening events


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