PBC is calling all artists!

Posted 1/22/21

Artists are invited to create original art in diverse media inspired by contemporary and historical attributes...

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PBC is calling all artists!


PALM BEACH COUNTY —Palm Beach County Art in Public Places invites student, emerging and professional artists residing throughout Palm Beach County to participate in Outside the Box, a community public art project that transforms up to 23 ordinary traffic signal boxes into vibrant artworks. Located in municipal and unincorporated Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, public infrastructure provides ideal “canvases” to enhance streetscapes and foster a unique sense of place for residents and visitors to the Lake Region.

Artists are invited to create original art in diverse media inspired by contemporary and historical attributes of the Lake Region’s natural and human-made environments, communities, recreational activities, education, arts, culture, industry and more.

“Outside the Box offers artists a chance to create site-specific outdoor public art even if their original artwork medium cannot withstand South Florida weather,” said Palm Beach County Public Art Program Administrator Elayna Toby Singer. “Digitally translating images onto vinyl to wrap traffic signal boxes enables us to transform two-dimensional artworks into outdoor three-dimensional sculptures.” Click here to see images and a video of artworks from the project’s first phase.

The Palm Beach County Public Art Committee and the Engineering and Public Works

Department Traffic Division will select concept art designs. After artists finalize their artwork, county-hired vendors will photograph all artwork, print images onto adhesive vinyl and install them onto pre-selected FDOT traffic signal boxes. Ms. Singer will curate and finalize art locations with input from government representatives in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay. Artists will keep their original artwork.

In mid-March 2021, up to 46 artists will be shortlisted and receive $250 to develop a concept art proposal. In mid-May 2021, up to 23 artists will be chosen as finalists and awarded an additional $750 to complete their art design. Vinyl art wraps of those designs will then be installed on traffic signal boxes in the spring of 2022, culminating with a creative community event and exhibition in winter 2023 featuring the artists with their artworks at the community center in Belle Glade. In addition, a downloadable brochure highlighting artworks and their locations will aid the public in connecting with the Lake Region and experiencing it anew through diverse artist interpretations of place.

Please visit http://discover.pbcgov.org/fdo/art/Pages/Calls-to-Artists.aspx for the complete Call to Artists and application details.

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