City seeks artists to paint more utility boxes around Fayetteville

Artist: Robin Starr / Lafayette Street and West Avenue

Fayetteville officials are seeking a new round of proposals for the city’s Utility Box Art Program.

The program was launched in 2013 by the Keep Fayetteville Beautiful Committee and the Fayetteville Police Department as part of an effort to add more public art to the city while discouraging graffiti on utility boxes.

The four locations to be painted during this round include boxes at Millsap Road and College Avenue, Township Street and Gregg Avenue, Mission Boulevard and Crossover Road, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Hill Avenue.

Artist: Tina Oppenheimer / Dickson Street and Locust Avenue

From the city:

Proposals should celebrate and educate the public on recycling, waste reduction, reuse of materials, and/or litter abatement. Utility boxes measure approximately six-feet high, three-feet wide, and two-feet deep (6’ x 3’ x 2’).

Artists will be paid $150 at the completion of the project and additional funds will be available for supplies. The project must be completed within three months.

The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

The call for proposals is open to all residents, artists, and artist teams, including high school and university students. All applicants, without regard to race, sex, religion, nationality, origin, sexual orientation, or disability will be considered.

Proposals can be submitted online at the city’s website or artists can contact Heather Ellzey at 479-718-7687 for a paper application.