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NAME:                                 Public Mural on River Road

AVAILABLE LOCATIONS:       Town & Country Bowl, North wall, 3500 River Road N

DUE DATE OF APPLICATION: Accepting proposals through April 30, 2015*

                                           (must attend 3/31/2015 planning meeting at Keizer City Hall, 6pm)

TOTAL BUDGET:                   $3,000

DESCRIPTION:                     The Keizer Public Arts Commission will consider a public mural design for the continued expansion of public art within the City.


Public Art Project Description

River Road is the selected outdoor venue to display public art for the City of Keizer. Currently there are ten sculptures and one public mural displayed within the city’s downtown area.   In partnership, Keizer Art Association and Keizer Public Arts Commission are seeking one or more art designs.


Project:  An outdoor mural painted on the existing north side of the Town & Country Bowl building.  The overall concept for the mural is a “Community Tapestry” that will allow for multiple “artists” professional and students to participate in the creation of a depiction of Oregon; the Willamette Valley and or Keizer.  The approximate size of the completed mural is 140 feet in length by 9 feet in height.  The general concept envisions three parts:  1) an impressionistic background painted by local High School art students; 2) with reliefs varying in size from 18” X 18” to 3’ X 3’ designed and painted by professional artists and 3) some detail layed over the background to be completed by Keizer children aged infant to elementary school (handprint leaves, finger print blossoms, etc.).   The mural must fit the space and include a river with jumping fish. 


All INTERESTED ARTISTS MUST ATTEND a planning meeting which is scheduled for March 31, 2015 at the City Council Chamber at 6pm for approximately one hour.  All questions will be answered and the general concept shall be formalized at that meeting.


The mural will be completed by October 2015. The artist(s) will be responsible for creating the design(s).  An artist may submit for any section, or for all available as well as overall design.  A joint KAA/KPAC committee will select the winning designs.


The due date for submissions is April 30, 2015.  Selections will be completed by May 30, 2015.

Submissions for the relief images must be actual size, for the overall design (background) it will be at a scale of one inch equals one foot.  It is required that the artists will participate in the mural development. (Transfer, painting, etc.) 


KAA/KPAC will provide wall preparation.  The artist(s) will have the opportunity to sign their work, have a signed public display work and the exposure. 


Submissions are due at the office of Keizer Public Arts Commission- Mural Design, Attention Debbie Lockhart, 930 Chemawa Road, Keizer, OR 97303.  Phone 503- 390 3700.


Anticipated Art Project Schedule 


• Artist Applications Due:                            April 30, 2015

• Artist Selection:                                       May 30, 2015

• City Public Arts Commission Approval:       Thirty days after selection

• Artwork Permitting/Installed:                    Sixty days after City approval

• Program Officially Begins:                         April:             wall preparation

                                                                 May-June:      design transfer

                                                                 July-August:   painting

                                                                 Sept-October: completed project presentation to public

Preferred Themes of the Artwork

The City of Keizer themes for this artwork is a flowing river, Oregon agriculture, activities and icons, flora and fauna, Oregon/Keizer symbols that promote the City’s family-friendly community. 


Artist Requirements Once Selected

·       Overview, approval and design and transfer of the artwork;

·       One public presentation (not to exceed 15 minutes) at a Keizer Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon;

·       Attendance at the presentation to the public when completed.


Selection Criteria

The selection committee shall consider the following issues when selecting the chosen art:  

  1. Appropriateness of the artwork to the goals of the Keizer Public Arts Commission;
  2. Appropriateness of the artwork to the site and site environmental conditions;
  3. Experience and other qualifications of the artist;
  4. Quality of the artwork;
  5. Location of artist; and
  6. Maintenance requirements.


Artist Eligibility

The project is open to any professional visual artist with experience implementing their ideas and original work in the public realm. Artist or Professional Artist means a practitioner in the visual arts, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional of serious intent and ability. Indications of a person’s status as a professional artist include, but are not limited to, income realized through the sale or commission of artwork, frequent or consistent art exhibitions, placement of artwork in public institutions or museums, receipt of honors and awards, and training in the arts.


Artist Payment

Professional artists will be paid for their work.  The amounts will be determined once the final concept is determined at the planning meeting on March 31, 2015, but the total will not exceed the $3,000 budget.


Application Process

The application process is managed by the Keizer Public Arts Commission (KPAC). KPAC and Keizer Arts Association (KAA) serves as the selection committee, with approval by the owner of the building.


Application Requirements

The information and documentation below must arrive at the City of Keizer before the stated deadline, April 30, 2015. 

  1. 1.   Images of the Artwork submitted. Be sure to indicate the scale of the work on the submission drawings, photos or digital jpg‘s.   
  2. 2.   Digital Specifications: Each image must be labeled: artistlastname_firstinitial_imagenumber.jpg.
  3. 3.   Application materials will not be returned.


Deadline: Hand Delivered or Emailed by April 30, 2015

Hand Delivered: 5:00 PM, April 30, 2015.

Email: 11:59 PM, April 30, 2015. Total attachment should be less than 5 MB.

Send only one email to lockhartd@keizer.org


Deliver to:

Debbie Lockhart, City of Keizer, Keizer Public Art Commission

930 Chemawa Rd. N

Keizer, OR 97303




Lore Christopher (KPAC)

Phone: (503) 393-7707

E-mail: chrisfam1@msn.com




Jill Hagen (KAA)

Phone: (503) 559-3677

E-mail: jillywillyh@aol.com


Website for Public Art Program: www.keizerarts.com

Website for City of Keizer: www.keizer.org