sidewall is working in collaboration with Jakprints, to make it easier and more affordable for artists to exhibit their work at a larger scale. Artists’ murals are printed as a 4’x 8′ banner on durable outdoor vinyl, at a discounted rate of $60. sidewall is run entirely out-of-pocket, it’s greatly appreciated if the artist can contribute to the printing, but not requisite for selection/exhibition.
1) artist statement describing common themes, imagery and/or techniques used in your art-making process (1 page max). please include your connection to Pittsburgh, if there is one.
content: due to the zoning laws in place, the work must in no way be for commercial purposes. this does not exclude murals that contain or are entirely composed of text, but is something to keep in mind during the designing process.
2) proposal for sidewall mural (1 page max). artists may apply with already completed work, or a develop work specifically for sidewall. please have as finalized a concept as possible, mural sketches are strongly encouraged (jpeg/pdf, max. 2MB each). mural dimensions are 3’8′ x 7’11” (to consider overlap of the frame).
*to allow space to respond to unforeseen cultural events, artists may alter their design, with notice to and approval by the curator(s).
3) 3-5 images (jpeg/pdf, max. 2MB each) of past work, especially that which relates in style and theme to the proposed mural.
4) list exhibition months in descending by order of preference. no month can be guaranteed for any applicant, though accommodations will be made where possible.
5) permission to allow venue host to photograph and reprint images of the mural for promotional and funding purposes. any visual documentation taken will gladly be shared with artist for their own use, upon request.
apply by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
hard copies may be mailed to: 608 s. millvale avenue, pittsburgh pa, 15224 (NOTE: materials will not be returned, so please don’t send originals or any media you need back).
proposals are reviewed by the curator(s)-in-residence, who has sole discretion over what is exhibited, and may decline to exhibit a mural.
the mural remains the property of the artist, and may be returned once the month long exhibition is complete. should the artist sell the mural, a donation to sidewall would be awesome, but completely up to the artist. if the artist does not elect to keep the mural, then by their recommendation or sidewall‘s selection, it may be donated to another organization for future exhibition.