City of Kent Arts Commission seeks artists for traffic box wrap project

Deadline is July 31

A traffic signal utility box dedicated earlier this year near West James Street and the accesso ShoWare Center. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

A traffic signal utility box dedicated earlier this year near West James Street and the accesso ShoWare Center. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

The Kent Arts Commission invites artists to submit qualifications to create artwork designs to be reproduced as vinyl wraps and applied to traffic signal cabinets in the city.

This opportunity is open to professional and emerging visual artists residing in the state and working in any medium, as long as the final artwork can be translated and digitally reproduced on a two-dimensional vinyl wrap. The city dedicated artwork at five traffic signal boxes earlier this year and now wants to add more locations. The project began a year ago to deter graffiti and beautify unsightly boxes that control traffic signals.

Up to eight artists will be selected. Each artist will be paid $1,000 for an approved final design and licensing rights that enable the city of Kent to reproduce the design on additional traffic signal cabinets. The city will be responsible for fabrication and installation of the wraps.

Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to: Kent Parks Cultural Programs office, Kent City Hall, 220 4th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, by 5 p.m. on July 31. Applications must include:

• Letter of interest addressing why applicant is interested in this opportunity and detailing relevant experience or qualifications

• Artistic resume or statement summarizing artist’s qualifications and/or past experience

• Two references familiar with the quality of artwork created by the applicant

• List of images: Title, type of work (painting, photography, collage, etc.), material(s), date

• 10 images representative of applicant artwork (submitted on a thumb drive or CD as separate jpeg files)

The Traffic Cabinet Wrap Project is a partnership between the Kent Arts Commission, the Kent Police Department, the office of Economic and Community Development, and the Public Works Department. This cross departmental partnership is intended to curb graffiti and create a visually dynamic and interesting environment in Kent. The project is part of the city of Kent’s Public Art Program.

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