upcoming application deadline: Friday, December 1st, 2017

the next round of submissions will be for the months of  January – June, 2018. artists will be contacted by Sunday, December 10th regarding the acceptance of their application.

apply by e-mail:

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).


sidewall is now working in collaboration with Jakprints, to make it easier and more affordable for artists to make large scale work to exhibit. This partnership includes the printing of each artists’ mural 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.

application requirements:

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). 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 curatorial panel.

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.

selection process:

proposals are reviewed by the curatorial panel-in-residence, and artists whose murals are selected will be contacted and invited to exhibit during a given month. the panel-in-residence has sole discretion over what is exhibited, and may refuse to exhibit a mural. participating artists are encouraged to communicate any issues they may experience while producing their mural, so that accommodations can be made if possible.



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’s discretion. 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.

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