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City looking for Graphic Design Artists for Downtown Arts District Project

Officials with the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) announced Wednesday that they are accepting proposals to commission two artists to design a new graphic design piece for the Downtown Arts District.

According to officials, the graphic design work will be used to wrap the outside of a full-length Sun Metro bus that will be in circulation throughout the City of El Paso.

MCAD is accepting proposals that reflect the slogan “Meet Me in the Downtown Arts District.” Submitted proposals should explore and celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Arts District and encourage El Paso residents and visitors alike to visit the Arts District.

Submission Requirements:

·      Sun Metro Specs:

  1. 45-foot bus
  2. 720 DPI at 10% size
  3. File type: TIFF
  4. Open Layers (Working File)

·      Three Images of Most Current Artwork within past two years

·      Resume or CV (1-2 pages)

·      Artist Statement

Selection Process:

Two designs will be selected from the pool of applicants through a panel review process.  The selection panel will include staff members from Sun Metro, MCAD and the local artistic community. The winning designs will best reflect the slogan “Meet Me in the Downtown Arts District.”

Artist Stipend:

·       The selected artists will receive a $2,500, all-inclusive stipend.

Award Requirements:  

·       The artists must agree to allow the City of El Paso to utilize the selected image for promotional purposes.

·       The artists must be a registered vendor with the City of El Paso.

·       The artists must sign a formal agreement with the City of El Paso.

“The vision of the Downtown Arts District is to stimulate the artistic and cultural life of the region by providing a lively space for arts and cultural events,” city officials added.

The El Paso Downtown Arts District is comprised of 18 arts and culture spaces including museums, event venues, green spaces, festival footprints, cultural organizations, historic facilities, and tourist amenities, within a 19-block footprint.

This project is partially funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts.  To submit a proposal, click here.