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The Perth Amboy Mural Project is an initiative led by Mayor Wilda Diaz and the Office of Economic & Community Development funded by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Neighborhood Preservation Program, to bring new public art of high artistic quality and enduring value to our downtown district. The primary purpose of this project is to beautify downtown Perth Amboy; to revitalize the arts and culture identity while encouraging economic development through the creation of inspired spaces that make the downtown district an exciting area for residents and visitors to shop, dine, work, live, and connect.

Project Description

Perth Amboy is seeking a creative, vibrant and engaging design proposal for an outdoor mural in Downtown Perth Amboy. The building’s side façade faces a wide alleyway, and is receiving increased visibility and pedestrian traffic. To create a more inviting exterior to the walkway, the City with the support of the property and business owner are commissioning an original mural inspired by “TOGETHERNESS.”

Artists are welcome to submit a proposal on their own or as a group. The selected artist will be contracted to paint a mural on the exterior stucco wall. The mural must be original and unique to the site. The mural must be two-dimensional with no protrusions from the wall surface. The mural may be a single overall image or multiple images that create an overall composition. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the site before submitting an application. Proposed designs will be reviewed by a committee, the finalist will be submitted to the Perth Amboy Arts Council and Perth Amboy City Council for approval in accordance with the mural approval process as outlined in Perth Amboy Mural Ordinance #1741-2014.

Project Timeline & Important Deadlines

Call to Artist    May 26, 2020 
Deadline to Submit Proposal    June 19, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.
Proposal Review    June 22 - 24, 2020
Artist Selected    June 25, 2020
Submission to Arts Council    June 25, 2020
City Council Approval    Next Council Meeting Date
Proposed Project Start Date    July (pending Council Approval)
Potential Project Completion    Pending Artist Timeline
Mural Unveiling/Mixer    TBD

Selection Process

All eligible applications will be screened by a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will consider all approaches to the project, including traditional and street art painted designs. Mural content should not contain political or religious themes. If artists are applying as a Team, the Team should be listed on the application form, specifying a Team leader to receive notifications. One artist or team will be selected pending Perth Amboy Arts Council and City Council permit approval by resolution—to be approved before starting the project.

Selection criteria will include:
  • Aesthetic Excellence – the aesthetic quality of the artwork upholds the principles of art and design excellence, originality and innovation.
  • Artist Experience – Experience in creating public art of similar scope and scale.
  • Relevance/Theme – Design must be appropriate for the site, contextually relevant to the community. The application may include a written description describing the relevance of the theme or clarifying thematic references. The design must be clear and legible when enlarged to the final scale dimensions of the site location as well as translatable to the final media.
  • Budget: A clear, line-item budget and a suggested commission appropriate to the scale of the project and commensurate with the experience of the artist will strengthen an application. Please include your rate per square footage.
Artist Eligibility:
  • Artist(s) must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • This call is open to all artists who legally reside and are eligible to work in the United States. Proof of residency/work permit documentation may be requested.
  • Artists must sign an agreement to participate. Per the agreement with the city of Perth Amboy, after a 3 year period the property owner will be free to replace the mural if so desired. An additional 2 years may be added if mutually agreed upon by the property owner and the City.
  • Selected artists are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in events engaging the public in the project.

How to Apply

All artists must submit application requirements via email to Applications requirements can be found below. Applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered. Applications should be submitted as a PDF document formatted to Letter size paper.

Application Requirements
  1. Application Cover Sheet – must include project name, artist name and contact information, and date of submission
  2. Letter of Interest – Short narrative expressing your creative approach, relevant comments on the visual material you are proposing, and your interest. Can include an artist’s statement.
  3. CV of relevant experience as a professional artist, with up to 3 professional references that can be contacted.
  4. Images – Provide up to 3 images of previous relevant work, with an annotated list detailing work Title, location, and date completed.
  5. Proposal: Scale drawing of proposed project on an 8 ½ by 11 paper (color image preferred). Theme inspired: TOGETHERNESS. Wall dimensions are 13.3 by 13.1 see attached image of wall.
  6. Budget – A line item proposed budget including supplies, materials cost, and commission rate ($/sq. ft). Proposals with competitive and realistic budgets will be given priority.

Mural Wall Dimensions

image of mural dimensions

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