Artist Opportunities

Requests for Qualifications and professional development opportunities for artists will be listed on this page.

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Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists 

Application opens: February 12th, 2024
Application deadline: March 17, 2024 11:59 p.m.
Artist fee: $2,000 unrestricted funding

For questions or concerns, please contact Ginger Rudolph and Noah Smalls at FBA@muralarts.org

Applications can be submitted through this link.

Introduction and background
The Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists was designed in 2020 to fund, foster, and elevate the important work of emerging Black artists residing within the City of Philadelphia.

The goal of the Fellowship is to build a long term community and creative connections among Fellows by fostering a spirit of practical, complimentary teamwork. Mural Arts will facilitate the development of skill building by providing equitable exposure to public and private art projects. Furthermore, the Fellowship looks to strengthen their connections not only to each other, but to the greater community, culminating in the presentation of their work/practice to the larger community through a curated group show.

This year, the 2024 Fellowship will support 15 artists of any medium with $2,000 in unrestricted funding to support their art practice.

Fellows also will receive:

  • Networking opportunities convening past and present fellowship cohorts, local artists and art professionals
  • Career development workshops
  • Exhibition opportunities
  • 1:1 consultations with renowned curators
  • Opportunities to create new work
Learn More & Apply

RFQ: Small Walls 

Posting Date: February 15th, 2024
Application deadline: March 17, 2024 11:59 p.m.
Budget: $3000 artist and materials fee
Department: Learning and practice
Special eligibility requirement: Current/recent Mural Arts Assistant Artists
Informational meeting: Wednesday, February 28

For questions or concerns, please contact Sahiti Bonam at sahiti.bonam@muralarts.org
For submissions, follow this link.

Introduction

Mural Arts is inviting current and recent Mural Arts Assistant Artists to apply for the first of a multi-stage program titled “Smalls Walls”. The project seeks to amplify the voices of emerging artists looking for an opportunity to show their skills as capable muralists within the city of Philadelphia.

The project centers its efforts on the values of: low barrier access, creative expression, agency and self advocacy, talent acknowledgement, artist support and more equitable representation. Small Walls is a platform that also hopes to serve as an introductory experience for artists interested in collaborating with Mural Arts.

Three (3) artists will be selected to design and produce a temporary mural showcasing their own artistic style. Mural Arts will provide the artist with a site and guidelines based on the permission given for the use of that wall. Furthermore, selected artists will be provided with an all-inclusive fee of $3,000, whereas the artist will be responsible for their mural making supplies. Mural Arts will provide access to the wall and when necessary, wall preparation.

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William and Letitia Still - Request For Proposals 

Issued: Feb 15, 2024
Application Deadline: Mar 17, 2024
Artist Fee: $12,000

For applications, follow this link.

For questions or concerns, please contact Phil Asbury at phil.asbury@muralarts.org

Introduction

Often called the “Forgotten Father” or “Captain” of the Underground Railroad, William Still was a well-known Black political activist and businessman in 19th-century Philadelphia. He and his wife, Letitia George Still, transformed their home at 625 S Delhi Street into a vital waystation for those coming through the city via the Underground Railroad.

As leaders of the abolitionist movement, the Stills assisted the passage of hundreds of enslaved people through the Underground Railroad, including several of Harriet Tubman’s trips to the south. Additionally, William Still is credited with extensive work for the PA Society for the Abolition of Slavery and was an advocate for universal suffrage.

Mural Arts Philadelphia is seeking to honor the Still’s legacy by working with an artist that:

  • Has the ability to deliver a design in the style of narrative portraiture
  • Understands the importance of doing their due diligence in historic research
  • Is experienced in painting on a large scale and on a range of different surfaces, specifically rough stucco
  • Believes in the power of social activism
  • Has the motivation to empower future generations through design

Interested individuals should submit their applications by March 17rd, 2024. Please see below for more details on application requirements.

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RFP: Printmaking by the People: A Citywide Project for 2026 

Posting Date: February 7th 2024
Application deadline: March 15, 2024 11:59 p.m.

For questions or concerns, please contact Todd Bressi at todd.bressi@muralarts.org
Applications can be submitted through this link.

Introduction

Mural Arts Philadelphia is seeking artists with experience in printmaking to design and facilitate community-based printmaking workshops that will be the foundation of a mural project related to the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

About the Project

Printmaking by the People – organized as a reflection on the nation’s semi-quincentennial – will engage

people in communities across Philadelphia in a dialogue about how the Declaration of Independence has set the stage for life in our city and our nation today.

The project will reimagine printmaking’s historic role in public communication and civic dialogue, particularly its roots in Philadelphia as a means of disseminating debates about the movement for independence. Our goal is to organize printmaking workshops that foster dialogue about the Declaration of Independence today

– asking people to explore how we have succeeded as a nation, what work remains to be done, and what their own passions and commitments are for the future – and that allow people to express their ideas

through printmaking. The workshops will inspire a mural to be created in 2026.

 

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