Muralists wanted

Aspiring muralists have a couple of upcoming opportunities to either submit ideas to become a Spaceworks mural artist or to participate in the creation of a mural at a site in Puyallup. Photo courtesy of Spaceworks

Are you interested in becoming a muralist and joining the illustrious ranks of artists like Diego Rivera and Banksy? There are a couple of opportunities locally to get your foot in the door.

Spaceworks is a Tacoma based arts program that works to foster local artists. They are currently accepting applications for artists wanting to create murals and art installations.

Spaceworks artists temporarily place 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, mural or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the city of Tacoma. The program offers an artist stipend (approximately $500 for installations, $750-$1,500 murals) to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work. Since launching in 2010, Spaceworks has commissioned more than 150 art installations.

Spaceworks seeks visual artists and visual artist teams from the Pacific Northwest who can develop a site responsive, temporary public art display and successfully and fully activate a public space that is visible 24/7. The artist should be experienced and seeking a unique location to exhibit artwork, and be one who can create an enticing destination-quality visual display for passersby.

Any individual artist or artist team in the Pacific Northwest (including Canada) may apply.

The selection panelists are asked to base their decisions using the following criteria: overall aesthetic quality of art submitted in work samples; ingenuity in concept of art submitted in work samples; ability to create work that would engage passers-by and ability to implement unique display methods of art.

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Deadline for the current applicants is Nov. 29, 11:59 p.m. Please note that this application is asking to see past work only. Specific proposals will happen later in the process, after the applicant has been accepted.

If you don’t yet have the experience to meet the application requirements, Spaceworks hosts periodic information sessions geared toward helping new artists develop their public art skills. (Check for the dates of these.)

Another opportunity to work on a mural is coming up in Puyallup. Well-known, California-based artist Roberto Salas will be creating a mural in Puyallup and is inviting local folks to come participate in the work. This is a good opportunity to have a hands-on opportunity.

The planning meeting for the Puyallup mural is Monday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at Thr3e Coffee, 202 7th St. SW, Puyallup. The free mural creation with Salas runs Oct. 8 through Oct. 14. The finishing day is followed by a one-hour lecture and chili feed Sunday, Oct. 14, 5-6 p.m.

The mural is to be painted near the community garden across from Puyallup High School.

For more information, contact Chuck Fitzgerald at or office administrator Judi Nix at

Of his work, Salas says, “Building these public art projects stems from both the conceptual and physical potential of the sites. My goal is to create work that is inter-generational, crosses economic divisions and speaks to a local audience of similar yet unique life experiences.

“My site-specific artworks conceptually integrate local history, community identity, and cultural linkages between people and time. The integration of the community profile in the development of the artwork has proved essential in public settings. I have completed commissions that have dealt with large-scale wall surfaces. These projects include relief sculptures, mosaics and painted murals. Other commissions in outdoor settings include large-scale stone steles, road sign and totemic sculptures, and seating areas.

“Each commission has integrated community focus groups and/or professional Engineers/Architects’ input either through collaborative brainstorming workshops or hands-on participation. Additionally, through research, my ideas and imagery are inspired by a community’s local history and geography.

“It is my goal to provide a positive experience to communities of diverse populations, who may rarely frequent art institutions to experience visual arts.”

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