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2021 Kent Traffic Signal Control Box Art Wraps
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Entry Deadline: 4/16/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Washington

The City of Kent Arts Commission, in partnership with the Public Works Department, seeks artists to design artwork to cover traffic signal controller cabinets. The selected artists will create artwork for cabinets in various locations throughout Kent.


This cross departmental partnership is intended to curb graffiti and create a visually dynamic and interesting environment in Kent by incorporating artwork on city traffic controller cabinets. Artwork will be fabricated onto vinyl wraps and installed on eight selected cabinets.


This call is open to professional and emerging visual artists residing in Washington State, and working in any medium, so long as the final artwork can be translated and digitally reproduced on a two-dimensional vinyl wrap. Eight artists will be chosen from the pool of applicants to create one design each that wraps the four sides of a cabinet.

Scope of Work

The artists will each create a design based on traffic controller cabinet specifications and locations to be provided. We are looking for artwork that provides color and vibrancy. Designs that are representative of some element(s) of the Kent community are encouraged.

Artists will provide fabrication-ready designs; Kent Arts Commission/City of Kent will coordinate and cover the cost of fabrication and installation.


Each of the selected artists will receive an artistic fee of $1,000 inclusive of design, research, travel, and applicable WA sales/use tax.



Application deadline: April 16, 2021, 10:59 p.m. PT

Selection panel: Late April 2021

Artists notified: Approximately May 7, 2021

Artists create work: May-June 2019

Artists present proposals to Kent Arts Commission: June 9 or July 14, 2021

Artists submit final work for delivery to fabricator: August 2, 2021

Fabrication/installation: August-September 2021 (projected/weather dependent)


Evaluation/Selection Process

An Artist Selection Panel established by the Kent Arts Commission will evaluate submitted qualifications and select eight artists. Each artist will develop an original artwork proposal to present to the Kent Arts Commission for final review. The proposal should include a narrative explanation of the concept for the project; and sketches, renderings, or digital illustrations representing the Artist’s concept for the artwork the fairly depicts the design, color, and intent.

Selection Criteria:

Ÿ Quality of past work as demonstrated in submitted application materials

Ÿ Suitability of work for traffic controller cabinet locations

Ÿ Desire and capacity to consider Kent’s unique community, history, and character


To Apply

All Artists are required to submit their qualification in the format specified below by April 16, 2021, 10:59 p.m. PT Qualification materials include:

1. Artist's Statement: Limit to one (1) page, including a short narrative explaining interest in the project and general artistic approach.

2. Images: Limited to ten (10) images of previous work.

3. Annotated image list: Limited to two (2) pages. Provide a brief description of each image, detailing the titles, date, media, and dimensions of artwork.

4. Resume: Limited to two (2) pages. Demonstrate professional history and skills, or experience as a professional working Artist.

5. Professional references: Limited to one (1) page. Provide three (3) references, including name, organization/title, phone number, and email.


* Only qualifications submitted through CaFE will be reviewed.

Qualifications will not be accepted after the 4/16/21, 10:59 p.m. deadline.

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