Minneapolis: Call for art for utility box project in Standish-Ericsson

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SENA’s Quality of Life Committee is sponsoring a Utility Box Project to commission original art on up to five utility boxes in the Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods. Selected artists will be compensated $1,000 for the design and creation of this art. Utility boxes—brown or gray metal boxes belonging to the City of Minneapolis and various utilities—are located along several major streets. They are drab and often attract graffiti. The project is intended to reduce graffiti, add beauty and aesthetic appeal, and feature local artists. It is financed by money for graffiti prevention from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

The committee is seeking submissions by artists, 18 years or older, who live, work, go to school, play, or practice spirituality in the Standish and/or Ericsson Neighborhood. Employees of SENA or the City of Minneapolis are not eligible. Applicants are asked to consider the theme “Our Neighborhood” as it relates to their submission, but the theme does not have to be explicit or obvious in the work itself. Submissions must be received by May 1, 2013. Applications will be judged by a curator, and award winners will be notified by May 17. The work must be completed by Nov. 1, 2013.

For details and an application, contact SENA Neighborhood Coordinator Bob Kambeitz at 721-1601. Information is also on the SENA website (www.standish-ericsson.org).