The 2014 ArtBox Call for Artists has been released!
Utility to Beauty
The City of Salem calls all artists to submit proposals to paint one out of six utility boxes as part of ArtBox 2014. Winning artists will have their work in front of one million people annually and will receive $500.
In the hopes of promoting individual artists as well as the community’s burgeoning arts scene, ArtBox asks all interested to propose a piece of art that presents his or her visual interpretation of Salem’s cityscape, culture, community pride or art itself.
Salem’s first ArtBox, located on Essex Street in front of its sponsor’s popular café, received positive reviews after it was painted in 2011. Inspired by its success and the city’s increased artistic momentum, a group of local art appreciators and community leaders came together at the end of 2011 to spearhead ArtBox, a program to transform City-owned utility boxes into original works of art.
Beyond adding to Salem’s spirit of creativity, sense of place and cultural identity, these boxes are meant to beautify and inspire. ArtBox is now an annual program that is running into its third year!
Nuts & Bolts
Open to all skilled and talented artists, the deadline for submission is before 4:00 PM Monday, April 7th. The work will be judged by an independent group of creative professionals, Ken Reker, Associate Professor of Art and Design, Salem State University; Karen Ristuben, President, Rocky Neck Art Colony; Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense at the Peabody Essex Museum; and North Shore artist Norman Laliberté. One box will be painted weekly starting in June.
A special thanks to local sponsor Waters & Brown Paint & Decorating for providing paint supplies.