2024 ARTWorks Signal Box Project

Creative Pinellas and Pinellas County are joining together to create the 2024 ARTWorks Signal Box Project that encourages artists to submit original artwork to beautify Pinellas County by transforming traffic signal control boxes into a collection of public art.

The purpose of traffic signal cabinet art is to deter graffiti vandalism on transportation infrastructure, beautify the rights-of-way and community, and support Pinellas County as an arts destination. The use of art on public infrastructure has been shown to prevent graffiti vandalism in the County, demonstrating that “Public Art Works.”

Pinellas County Artists will be selected based on the portfolio of work submitted, their written design concepts for the signal box art, and their resume and work as a Pinellas County Artist. The artwork will be reproduced as a vinyl wrap and applied to a traffic signal box in the County by a professional vendor.

This program is open to all professional artists of all mediums, including graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers. Artwork may be abstract or representational but it must be translatable to a digital file to be used for vinyl wrapping.

Locations Information

1. 102nd Ave N + Antilles Drive, Cabinet #808
2. Keene Road and Lakeview Road, Cabinet #405
3. Omaha St and Nebraska #110
4. Gulfport Blvd and 58th St S #967
5. Starkey and Flame Vine Ave #838
6. 150th Ave and 58th Street #618
7. Greenbriar Blvd/Hercules Ave and Virginia Ave #323
8. Mehlenbacher Road and Indian Rocks Road #450

Artist Fee

Selected artist(s) will receive $1000 for their design for the box. Creative Pinellas and Pinellas County will have the right to use artwork design for the wrap of the box chosen for documentary, educational, marketing, and outreach purposes. The Artists will retain ownership, copyright, and all other rights of the original artwork.

Artists must have current Pinellas County residency. We kindly request that artists who have completed a public art project for Creative Pinellas within the past 12 months (Feb 2023 to Jan 2024) refrain from applying. We aim to maximize opportunities for a wide range of artists.

Art Goals

Art will cover all sides of a signal box. There is no required theme for the work, but the work must be engaging and a good fit for the community. Art cannot contain any representation of traffic lights, signs, or signals, and it must be appropriate for display in a public space without distracting drivers. Artwork may not display messages with text or contain words or alphanumeric characters. Artwork that is deemed as offensive, commercial, religious, political, or distracting in design or nature will be excluded from consideration.

Artist Information Session

Via an online meeting platform, Artists will have an opportunity to meet with Creative Pinellas and participating Partners to learn about the project and to ask any questions they may have about the application period.

Feb 6, 2024, Noon
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Application Information

Each application submitted between January 31, 2024, and February 28, 2024, at 11:59 pm will undergo a review process. A panel is intended to consist of County Representatives, a Mural Artist, and an Art Curator. Artists are set to be notified of the results no later than March 19, 2024. (Please note that County review may impact the notification timeline.) Artists who are not selected will also receive a notification.

Once notified, the selected artists will receive measurements and photos of their assigned location.

Each selected artist will be required to submit two (2) signal box designs for approval. The final designs should be submitted no later than April 5, 2024. Creative Pinellas and the County will have approximately 7 days to review and approve. A complete approved design will be submitted by April 19, 2024.

*All dates are tentative and subject to change

Call To Artists Important Dates

  • Jan 31, 2024: Call for Entries Open
  • Feb 6, 2024, 12-1 pm: Online artist information meeting
  • Feb 28, 2024: Call for Entries Close
  • March 15, 2024: Panel review
  • ~Mar 19, 2024: Selected Artists will be notified and provided specifications
  • ~Mar 21, 2024: Possible start date for creating two designs
  • April 5, 2024: Two final designs due to Creative Pinellas
  • ~April 12, 2024: Final design choice to Artist
  • April 19, 2024: Final design due to Layout
  • May 2024: Layout and wrapping
  • June 2024: Final signal box wrap visits by Creative Pinellas and the County

Selection

If you are selected as an artist, Creative Pinellas will provide all measurements needed for the signal box. You will submit 2 designs for consideration. The final artwork will need to be submitted by the artist as a high-resolution image file in jpeg or tiff format. Preferred resolution is 300 dpi/ppi.

Budget

The artist stipend is $1,000.00. This project includes no additional materials budget.

Materials and Equipment Notes

All signal boxes will be wrapped by a licensed Pinellas County vendor.

To Apply

Interested artists take note of the following guidelines to apply:

  • An artist must be a Pinellas County Resident and if selected to do the project will be asked to complete a W9
  • A short biography and resume
  • 4 images of four previous works
  • A brief written summary or description of your idea of approaching the project to meet project goals
  • An application is for all cabinet locations; selected artists are assigned specific locations
  • Please do not submit mockup designs for this project; it limits the process when evaluating you as an artist overall
  • 3 professional references
  • Link to website and social media sites
  • Please do not apply if you have completed a mural for Creative Pinellas in the last 12 months (Feb 2023 – Jan 2024) as we would like to create as many opportunities for as many artists as possible.

Applications are due by February 28, 2024, at 11:59 pm EST via online application.

Questions

For additional information or any questions, email muralarts@creativepinellas.org.

 

Applications are closed. Grantees will be announced on Mar 19, 2024

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