On-going CAA Member Gallery

  • Each CAA member may submit 1 to 5 images for the Member Gallery. 

  • The Member Galley will have 4 selected artists each month from the list created out of this form on a first come first serve basis. 

  • It is a member only benefit with no additional fees. 

  • Once you have been selected for the front page, ongoing, there will be a page for each artist. 

  • You will be notified as to the month your work will appear. 

  • Each artist will appear once until  all member requests are completed.   

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Concord Utility Box Art Project 2020/2021


Concord Art Association announces the second phase of the City of Concord Utility Box Art Project, which includes three (3) boxes located at downtown Concord and one (1) box on Kirker Pass Road.

The theme of the project is “Celebrate Concord." Because most of the boxes are located in areas with high vehicle traffic, designs must be bold and graphic. Work submitted should be original and visually engaging for all ages. All boxes will be painted on-site by the winning artists.

Teams (minimum of 2 per box) are invited to submit proposals for art to transform the utility boxes into street murals that will enhance the vibrancy of the city, provide the opportunity for artists to showcase their work, and discourage vandalism on utility boxes. The art will be seen and appreciated by thousands of Concord residents and visitors. Selected artist teams will be awarded an all-inclusive budget of $1000 per box to paint the utility box and to purchase materials and supplies. Once the painting is completed, the City of Concord will apply a special anti-graffiti coating.

Selected artists will be asked to sign an artist agreement, including standard liability waiver and release. The painting schedule for all four boxes will be determined by weather and other factors and announced to artists once all agreements have been signed. Concord Art Association will review completed boxes onsite prior to application by the artists of the isolation and final clear coats to ensure proper use of materials and adherence to the approved design.

APPLICATION

Submit applications beginning November 1, 2020. All requirements are due November 15, 2020. All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration:

  1. Fill out online application

  2. Submit non-refundable entry fee: $20 for CAA members; $50 for non-members.

  3. Email a high resolution, full color concept drawing, in any media, that shows all visible sides of the utility box to caacallforartists@yahoo.com

  4. Provide a brief statement (100 words or less) about your proposed artwork. This could include your source of inspiration, the significance of the image(s), or a comment on the style or technique you have proposed.


ARTIST ELIGIBILITY

The competition is open to teams of artists residing in Contra Costa County, Solano, and Alameda counties, with preference given to artists living or working in Concord. All eligible applicants, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, origin or disability, will be considered.

DESIGN CRITERIA

Use the provided Box Dimensions to submit a design concept. Changes to the design may be required to accommodate site requirements. Please note that there will be a 2” x 10” sponsor plaque at eye level on one side of the box.

  • Designs must include all visible sides. Tops of boxes over 50" high are not considered visible.

  • Utility boxes contain electrical equipment that can become hot; thus, to prevent overheating, large areas of black or dark colors are not allowed.

  • Designs should include bold forms and vibrant colors that can be easily viewed by motorists and passing pedestrians. The entire box must be painted except for the concrete base.

  • Designs must not contain representations of traffic lights, signs or signals.

  • Designs may include text; however, the text may not be an advertisement or promotion.

  • Designs may not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, images of illegal activities or involve the attachment of any object(s). No emojis are allowed.

  • Successful designs will “wrap” the imagery around all faces of the box in a continuous flow.

  • Artists are invited to sign their boxes. Signatures cannot occupy more than an area of 2” x 10” on the side of the box on which they are placed. Design proposals should indicate where the signature will be located.

  • All artwork must be the artist’s own original work and must not have appeared elsewhere.


SELECTION PROCESS

Concord Art Association will screen all proposals for the completeness of the submittal packets and appropriateness of the entries. A committee of the Concord Art Association will select the Semi-finalists based on a review of how well the artists captured the vision for the theme and artistic merit. The City of Concord has final approval on winning utility box designs. Selected artists will be asked to sign an Artist Agreement with the City of Concord and the Concord Art Association, including standard liability waiver and release.


PAINTING SCHEDULE

Concord Art Association will announce dates for painting which will be dependent on weather and other factors. All Artist Agreements must be signed prior to the commencement of painting.


INSTALLATION INFORMATION

Due to outdoor exposure and functioning electrical components located inside the utility boxes, the City of Concord has specified the following steps and products for this project:

Step 1: Paint 

                    Golden Paint Heavy Body Acrylics (water-based) 

                    Brush-on Behr Premium Grade Exterior Acrylic Paint
Step 2: Isolation Coat 

                    Golden Soft Gel Gloss (diluted with water 2:1 ratio)
Step 3: Final Clear Coat

                    Golden Varnish MSA with UVLS (Gloss)
 

BOX DIMENSIONS-APPROXIMATE

Artists may visit box locations to determine exact sizes and orientation. No painting on concrete bases>

Salvio - top box
26" x 15" x 22" (H x W x D)
15" side faces street. Two boxes are stacked.

Salvio - lower box
38" x 11" x 20" (H x W x D)
Concrete base is 5"H.

Colfax
57" x 44" x 28"  (H x W x D)
Concrete base is 17"H. 44" side faces Colfax.

East - Main box
56" x 44" x 28"  (H x W x D)
Concrete base is 17"H. 44" side faces East.

East - Small box
44" x 11" x 20"
Attached to Main Box.

Kirker Pass - Main box
56" x 44" x 27"
Concrete base is 17"H.


Kirker Pass - Small box
44" x 20" x 11"
Attached to Main Box.


Kirker Pass - Small box
44" x 12" x 9"
Free-standing box.


BOX LOCATIONS

Boxes are located downtown on:

Salvio Street
Willow Pass Road
East Street
Kirker Pass Road.

See maps for locations.

Salvio Box - in front of Cinnaholic Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






East Box - Intersection of East Street and Clayton Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Colfax Box - On Willow Pass Road at Colfax in front of former Tart building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Kirker Pass Box - At the intersection of Kirker Pass Road and Concord Boulevard in front of the parking area at the Crossroads Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







RESERVATION RIGHTS

The City of Concord reserves the right to change the project timeline and/or to supplement, amend or otherwise modify this solicitation and to request additional or supplemental information or proposals from any or all participating artists.

While four (4) utility boxes have been identified for this project, the City reserves the right to reduce that number if it’s in the best interests of the City. The City reserves the right to accept or reject, at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all proposals or any part thereof submitted in connection with this solicitation and to advertise for new proposals where the acceptance, rejection waiver, or advertisement would be in the best interests of the City. The City reserves the right to negotiate unacceptable provisions incorporated within an otherwise acceptable proposal.

Since the utility boxes are in public locations visible to viewers of all ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, artists shall avoid nudity, suggestive poses, scatological humor, hate speech or imagery that any group might find obscene, offensive or morally shocking. Political, religious or memorial artwork is unacceptable for utility boxes. A proposal which is incomplete, unclear, conditional or which contains objectionable imagery, will be rejected without evaluation.

Entries that use a copyrighted or trademarked image will not be accepted. In addition, the art must not be plagiarized, stolen, or copied from any other source. Entries must not defame or invade the rights of any person, living or dead. The artwork is a long-term installation and will become the property of the City of Concord.

 

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