Phoenix calls on artists for a 2023 Super Bowl mural project

The 2023 Super Bowl is coming to Phoenix. And so are the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four and the 2026 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

In honor of these upcoming sporting events and the crowds they are sure to bring, the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc. have issued an open call for artists interested in creating an original Phoenix-themed mural in the heart of downtown.

Near the entrance of the Phoenix Convention Center on the north side of the Regency Garage on Adams Street, the “PHX Welcome Mural Project” will spotlight a Phoenix-based artist or artist team who will paint the 190-by-10-foot wall.

The city of Phoenix has committed $50,000 to cover artist fees, materials and contingencies for the project, which is aimed at celebrating Phoenix’s culture.

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The call to entries is open to Phoenix artists, artist teams or creative individuals from all practices, according to an announcement from ArtLink Inc., which is also supporting the project.

All artists must apply as an Artlink Articipant through the Artlink Website. There is no cost to apply for the project. Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Thursday, Aug. 4 to be considered.

All proposed artworks must not contain images or messages that include nudity, political, religious, advertising or any controversial themes, per the project announcement.

After proposals are submitted, the City of Phoenix Downtown Phoenix Inc. and community representatives will select up to three finalists to produce and propose a concept for the wall. Each finalist will be paid $1,000 for their proposal.

The winning proposal will be chosen based on “the strength and feasibility of the proposed work, the design’s potential to engage visitors in a meaningful way” and the design’s ability to “highlight the diversity, culture and vitality of the city.”

Finalists will be notified by Aug. 11 and the winner of the project will be announced the week of Sept. 12.

The mural must be completed before the February 2023 Super Bowl.

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Details for the ‘PHX Welcome Mural Project’

Where: Adams Street on the north side of Regency Garage, Phoenix.

When: Artists or artist teams must apply by 5 pm (local time) on Aug. 4.

Cost: Free

Details: Apply at artlinkinc.submittable.com/submit/c7e1b3de-4c6c-4d6b-95c7-d289e43580bd/phx-welcome-mural-project. Questions can be sent to [email protected]

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