Call for Artists: Public Mural in Ravenswood

Ravenswood Community Council, in partnership with 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin, and SSA #31, are seeking muralists for a public art project! Through this Request for Qualifications, we hope to reach experienced artists interested in creating a new gateway to Ravenswood.

Project Background & Site Description

Located in Chicago’s 47th Ward, the Ravenswood neighborhood’s historic Industrial Corridor is a unique hub of creativity and craftsmanship. It is home to artist studios, trade schools, manufacturers, brewers, and makers of all kinds. The Metra viaduct at Ravenswood and Berteau avenues serves as a gateway to this community. It’s also the entrance to the Ravenswood ArtWalk and Ravenswood On Tap festivals. The viaduct is prominently located along the recently established Ravenswood Sculpture Garden.

Part of a broader placemaking initiative, Alderman Martin, RCC, and SSA #31 committed to installing a mural at this vital intersection. This project presents a rare opportunity to create a signature work of public art for one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

The goal of this project is to enhance the connection between local artists/makers and their residential neighbors, and to reflect Ravenswood’s creative character. Artists selected to submit a full Proposal will need to include a Community Engagement Opportunity for local young people. Specifically, we’re interested in opportunities for high school-aged youth to learn about design and installation of public art and aid in the installation of this mural.

To be assured of consideration, submissions must be received no later than 5:00 PM CDT on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Project Timeline

  • July 1 – Request for Qualifications Issued
  • July 29 – RFQ Submission Deadline
  • August 1 – August 4 – Submissions Reviewed / Finalists Selected
  • August 5 – Artists Notified / Request for Proposals Issued
  • August 26 – Proposals Due
  • August 31 – Contract Awarded
  • September 1 – November 15 – Work Period, including Community Engagement Opportunity

Project Budget

The total budget for the final mural project is $46,500. This includes all artist fees,
supplies, and costs related to the related community engagement.

3 finalists will be paid a $1,000 honorarium to develop full Proposals.

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Gene Wagendorf III

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