Aurora Public Art seeks artists for a variety of opportunities in 2021. Themes and locations include a Mexican folk art mural on a railroad viaduct wall, local architecture on power boxes, and diversity and technology on a second floor wall.
The Mexican folk art mural will be installed on the north wall of the railway viaduct on New York Street.
The design theme is depictions of alebrijes, colorful sculptures of mythical creatures. This project is funded by the City of Aurora and a grant from the Burlington Northern Foundation.
The Utility Box murals are a continuation of an ongoing project to beautify traffic closets at intersections across the city.
To date, 12 utility boxes have been painted by local artists. The 2021 Utility Box murals are sponsored by Aurora Downtown and are located in six downtown locations.
The theme of the 2021 Utility Box murals are colorful interpretations and geometric abstractions inspired by the historic architecture of Downtown Aurora.
Aurora Public Art is also looking for design proposals for an old mural on a 40 by 40 foot section of the east wall of 105 E. Galena Blvd. The theme of the play is “Diversity in Technology” to express Aurora’s cultural diversity and growing technology industry. The ideal proposal will include realistic portraits and abstract expressions of technology. The mural “Diversity in Technology” is funded in large part through sponsorship from Aurora Downtown and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The city of Aurora received funding from the NEA Arts Engagement in American Communities program.
“After a year of uncertainty, we are excited to partner with Aurora Downtown, BNSF and The National Endowment for the Arts to create vibrant public art opportunities,” said Jen Evans, public art director for the city of Aurora.
Artists of all levels are encouraged to apply. Student, amateur and professional designs will be considered. Aurora residents are preferred.
For specific design requirements and additional information, see the RFPs, which can be found on the Aurora Public Art website: www.aurora-il.org/1952/Calls-for-Artists
Proposals for all projects are due on March 1st at 12 noon.
Artists can submit their proposals for the Mexican Folk Art Mural and Utility Box Murals using an online application form. Offers for the mural “Diversity in Technology” should be sent to the purchasing department by email.
Links to all project proposals are included in the call for proposals on the city’s website (www.aurora-il.org/1952/Calls-for-Artists).