Arts Commission Requests Phase II Sign Box Art

The Stow Arts Commission is issuing an open call for art for Phase II of the Traffic Signal Box City Beautification Project. The commission invites proposals from artists to provide artwork for the vinyl wrap of the electrical sign boxes.

Each box varies in size and design (vents, access doors, etc.), but averages 60 x 40 x 27 inches. Nineteen boxes across the city will be added with this Phase II addition.

Upon acceptance, each artist will be assigned a box and measurements. They will also be made aware of the printer’s requirements for digital files. Artists are encouraged to physically go to their assigned box to ensure their contents fit properly, taking into account the placement of vents, handles, etc.

Artwork can be panoramic around the box or four separate images on each side of the box. The commission is looking for bright, vibrant and colorful works of art. Two-dimensional paintings, drawings, sketches and digital art will be acceptable submissions. Submitted art will be scanned and projected onto vinyl, which will be wrapped around the boxes.

The deadline to apply for this urgent project is March 14 at 4:30 p.m.

The Selection Committee will review completed applications (see application materials below) and notify selected artists, via email, by March 21.

  • March 14, 4:30 p.m.: Deadline for submission
  • March 21: artists notified by e-mail
  • April 1: Artists’ final artwork must be reviewed by the city
  • April 8: final digital art due to Up Front Art
  • June 17: installation complete

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Applications are open to artists from northeast Ohio.
  • The artwork must be in a two-dimensional medium.
  • Artwork should be bright, colorful and visually appealing from a distance.
  • Artwork must be deemed appropriate for public and family viewing.
  • The artist agrees to donate his works.
  • The artist agrees to donate 10 signed 8″ x 10″ prints of their artwork. The Arts Commission intends to sell these signed and donated prints, to raise funds which will go towards a scholarship for a resident of Stow.
  • The city will have 10 8” x 10” prints produced to be sold, 100% of sales will go to the Arts Commission Scholarship Fund.
  • The city will contract with a printer to print the artists’ works on vinyl and install them on the sign boxes.

Completed application must be received by 4:30 p.m. March 14 to be considered. The completed application must include the following:

  • name
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number
  • Links to website/social media, if available
  • CV with artist biography, training and exhibition file.

The design submitted must be the design intended to be placed on the road sign box. Artists do not need to send new original designs specific to this project, or completed works ready for installation. Images must be in JPEGS format. All files must be titled with first and last names.

E-mailed application materials, along with questions, should be sent to [email protected]

Aurora J. William