The Festival of Murals is a program produced by the Festival of the Arts, hosted by the Wayne County Chamberof Excellence and sponsored in part by the Wayne County Tourism Bureau, Richmond Historic Depot District and Richmond Furniture Gallery in Richmond, Indiana. The program is a series of art activities that will include a juried art competition of murals placed on exterior walls all throughout Wayne County, Indiana during June 15 through August 15 of 2015. Approximately, ten juried and selected artists will paint murals on pre-selected walls. Other festivities may include receptions and other activities involving artists and the community. Awards will be given for the best juried-artist murals and the general public will be able to watch their creations! The program began in 2010 and to date, 24 public works of art have been created throughout Wayne County, Indiana.
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Juried Art competition
A call for artists will be sent out locally and nationwide to attract qualified, highly skilled artists. Artists willsubmit images of their past work along will resumes. A qualified panel of judges will select top artists. Once the artists are selected they will be matched with walls that will be selected through a similar process of submission and judging. To make the competition attractive to artists, awards of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 will be given for winning murals of first, second and third places. To make it more attractive for non-local artists, a residency will be offered by providing lodging to selected artists who live more than 85 miles away from Wayne County. The selected artists who do not win the top cash awards will receive $1,000 stipends.
Once the walls and artists have been selected, artists will submit their designs for their designated wall and the public will be invited to a reception to view the designs and meet the artists. These designs will be on public display for approximately one week before the execution of the murals begin.
As part of the competition, artists will be required to attend receptions to meet the public and sponsors.
The general public will be encouraged to attend most of the artist related activities. Wayne County adults andyouth may be invited to participate in voting for their favorite murals. Cards will be provided and each person will be required to go into the business or public space where the mural is located and get the FOM card stamped. Then, they will vote or rank their favorite murals and submit the card for tallying at designated locations. The Wayne County community vote will be separate from the panel of judges determination ofthe top prize money awards.
A “Tour of Murals” brochure and web presence will be developed which will showcase each mural and the wall they are on for future tourism promotion as a unique marketing niche and community/visitor enjoyment. It is a goal to an estimated 10 murals and have at least one mural in several of the small towns and Richmond, with the intent of repeating this event annually to create a myriad of murals in all towns over time. The “Tour of Murals” brochures will be available at the WayneCounty Tourism Bureau and other area locations throughout Wayne County as well as on the website as a PDF.
A video made during the production of murals, and other FOM activities, maybe filmed by volunteers or a university class assignment to be presented on WCTV. Photos will be taken throughout the duration of the competition and displayed in various promotions, media and social media.