Tempe's Search for Six Local Artists to Revamp Mill Avenue Electrical Boxes and Public Library Cards

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Electrical boxes can be sweet spots for stickers and wheatpastes, but this spring, the City of Tempe Public Art program and the City of Tempe Library have another creative idea.  

This week, the organizations announced an opportunity for six local artists to create two-dimensional work that will be painted on six utility boxes along Mill Avenue and printed on more than 40,000 City of Tempe library cards. 

Maja Aurora, Public Arts Coordinator for the City of Tempe says the project is a continuation of the artist-designed library cards (the cards above were designed by b royalty, Jennfer Kiraly, Mary Lucking, and Kate Timmerman) and an effort by the city to beautify public spaces that often blend into the street. 

To apply, artists need to submit a one-page letter of interest, up to 10 digital images and descriptions of applicable work, and a resume. Aurora says the selection committee is not yet looking for specific pitches, but that artists should keep in mind that their work on the boxes should be two-dimensional. Applications are due by October 13. 

More information can be found on the public art project page

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Claire Lawton
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