City seeks more artists to paint utility boxes around Fayetteville

Artist: Robin Starr / Lafayette Street and West Avenue (File photo)

FAYETTEVILLE — Officials are seeking another 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 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South College Avenue; Happy Hollow Road and Huntsville Road; 15th Street and South School Avenue; and on Stephen Carr Memorial Boulevard at the Interstate 49 northbound off-ramp.

From the city:

Per this year’s theme, “Follow the Flow,” proposals should celebrate and educate the public on the importance of keeping our local water ways clean with a focus on creek pollution, ground water pollution and/or storm water runoff and contamination. Utility boxes measure approximately 6 feet high, 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep (6’ x 3’ x 2’).

Artist: Tina Oppenheimer / Dickson Street and Locust Avenue (File photo)

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, Sept. 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.

To submit a proposal or request a paper application, contact Heather Ellzey at [email protected] or 479-718-7687.