Call For Entry

Now accepting artists qualifications

UNP Art Project

Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019 2pm

Status: Deadline has passed. Image 360 was selected as the preferred vendor.

Tentative Schedule: May 2019 - Vendor selected

June 2019 - Installation and Exhibit

The proposed project will be located in Downtown Traverse City at several pedestrian cross-walk locations (refer to the Location Map). The project will be a temporary work of art and exhibited for the month of June. The “rainbow murals” will extend the width of the pedestrian crosswalk and be 12” wide; the murals will run parallel to the existing pedestrian cross-walk pavement markings between the “stop bar” and “special emphasis crosswalk striping”. Final details regarding locations will be at the discretion of City Staff including the City Engineering and Streets Department.

The murals will be printed on a non-skid print media for use on concrete, brick, and asphalt - Alumnigraphics, a product distributed by Floor Signage, LLC, is the preferred material; however, other materials of equal quality will be considered. Alumigraphics “Grip” is specifcally designed for outdoor use, can be direct printed on, does not require heat for installation, is slip resistant, and can be removed after use. Please refer to Alumigraphics webpage at for further information.

Download the Request For Proposals Here

Clinch Park Tunnel Art Exhibition

Deadline: February 22, 2019

Status: The call for entry has now closed and 3 finalist have been selected to develop a concept and submit additional information.

Tentative Schedule: March 11 - Finalist submit concepts

March 13 - Art Selection Panel meets to review concepts and make a recommendation to the Arts Commission.

March 20 - Arts Commission meeting to select a final artist.

The Traverse City Arts Commission is seeking to commission a new work of art to be placed in downtown Traverse City. The mural art will be completed by a commissioned artist. The proposed art will be located in the existing pedestrian tunnel located under Grandview Parkway at the intersection of Cass Street. The tunnel provides a safe pedestrian connection between downtown Traverse City and the waterfront and provides access to over 300,000 people annually. The project will be a rotating exhibition with the possibility that the artwork will be compiled into a collection. At a later date, the pieces in the collection could be displayed as its own exhibition or loaned to other art organizations, tribes, and communities to display. The artwork will need to be transferable into a mural format and will be a digitally printed replication from original art. The original art will be prepared by a professional artist who will coordinate and oversee the printing. The original art will remain in the possession of the Arts Commission who may choose to display the art at another location or request the artist store the art. A digital copy will be provided to the Arts Commission. The Clinch Park Tunnel Art Exhibition is a collaborative project together with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Grand Traverse Band). The exhibition is currently being called the Mazinaadin Exhibition or “Make An Image”; however, the name has not been finalized. Grand Traverse Band Elders, Anishinaabemowin, and Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center will be providing technical and cultural support for programming of the exhibition. The Band will also be supporting the Arts Commission’s Art Selection Panel in reviewing artist qualifications, artist recommendation, and selection of art to the Arts Commission.

Boathouse Sculpture Project

Deadline: February 22, 2019*

*The deadline to apply has been extended to April 29, 2019

Status: Deadline has passed. Art Selection Panel currently reviewing applications.

The Traverse City Arts Commission is seeking to commission a new work of art to be placed on the Gordon and Jean Cornwell Sailing Center Boathouse located in Hull Park on Boardman Lake in Traverse City, Michigan. The art will be completed by a commissioned artist. The proposed art will be located on the south facing facade of the Boathouse. The project will be one of the rst exhibits that are planned
for the Boardman Lake Art Trail; a total of three exhibits are currently in the planning stages for a 2019 implementation.

The project will be a permanent work of art and become part of the Arts Commission’s collection. The type of artwork will be a sculptural mural and be attached to the outside south-facing wall of the Hull Park Boathouse. A sculptural mural being de ned as an assemblage of sculptural elements that are attached directly to the existing Boathouse wall. The building wall space available is approximately 8’x 60’ by a 6” maximum depth.