Call for Artists for Outdoor Public Art Mural

Through Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, Division of the Arts, Percent for Art Program funds, West Baton Rouge Museum seeks to create and install a mural celebrating the community’s Blues music heritage on the Juke Joint, an exhibit and performance space on the museum’s grounds. Artists may apply as individuals or teams. For information regarding RFQ (Request for Qualification) materials required, contact Jeannie Luckett. The deadline for RFQ submissions is February 15th, 2023.

Call For Artists

Important Dates

  • Viewing Dates: January 30th, 2023 at 12:00 PM and February 2nd, 2023 at 6:00 PM
    • Artists will be able to come view the location for the mural and ask questions in person on these dates. 
  • Deadline for RFQ Submissions: February 15th, 2023
  • Finalist Announced: March 1st, 2023
    • Three finalists will be announced and will receive a $500 stipend to develop an initial concept.
  • Presentation to Selection Committee: April 3rd, 2023
    • Initial Concepts will be presented to the Selection Committee, and the artist chosen will be contracted soon after.
  • Installation Completion Date: September 25th, 2023
    • The all-inclusive budget for this project is $10,000 which will cover engineering drawing, artist fee, materials and fabrication fees, a protective seal, and a maintenance/conservation plan. Artists are expected to manage the project within this budget. The West Baton Rouge Museum will provide support in the form of historical documentation, images, and assistance in prepping the surface.

In 2022, the West Baton Rouge Museum was selected to participate in the Make it Public Workshop from the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, Division of the Arts, Percent for Art Program. Through this initiative, we are receiving grant funding dedicated to the creation and installation of a new piece of public art on our campus. With these funds, we are seeking to create a mural to be installed on the exterior of the Juke Joint, an exhibit and performance space located on the museum’s grounds. 

Since it was moved to the West Baton Rouge Museum campus in 2017, the Juke Joint, a building constructed primarily of corrugated tin with some wood accents, has become a lively community gathering place with monthly music lessons, jam sessions, and public concerts. The Juke Joint is also a memorable stop on museum tours where visitors can cut loose and learn about the rich blues tradition of our area. The goal of the mural project is to create a work of art that attracts people from the outside, depicts the structure as a welcoming creative space, celebrates the community’s Blues music heritage, and reflects the musical activities that take place inside the space.

The all-inclusive budget for this project is $10,000 which will cover engineering drawing, artist fee, materials and fabrication fees, a protective seal, and a maintenance/conservation plan. Artists are expected to manage the project within this budget. The West Baton Rouge Museum will provide support in the form of historical documentation, images, and assistance in prepping the surface.

Artists may apply as individuals or teams. For more information regarding RFQ (Request for Qualification) materials required for consideration, prospective applicants should contact West Baton Rouge Museum Director of Programs, Jeannie Luckett. There will be two opportunities to visit the Juke Joint and ask questions concerning the project: Monday, January 30th, 2023 at 12:00 PM and Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 6:00 PM. The deadline for RFQ submissions is February 15th, 2023. 

Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee composed of West Baton Rouge Museum staff and community members. Three finalists will be announced on March 1st, 2023 and will receive a $500 stipend to develop an initial concept that will be presented in person to the Selection committee on April 3rd, 2023. The artist chosen out of the three will be notified and contracted soon after, and once the final design has been approved, installation will begin and must be completed by September 25th, 2023. 

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