Tucson artists could win a chance to paint murals near the Rillito River

TUCSON, AZ – Calling All Artists: You may have the opportunity to see your work on the banks of the Rillito River in Tucson.

Artists can submit their work until Monday to receive a mural on the retaining walls of the north bank of the Rillito. The $ 75,000 project is funded by Pima County Flood Control and organized by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

According to the department, the ground retaining walls were recently completed near the Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club on 4001 N Country Club Road. The county wants the blank walls to serve as a mural.

The mural can be a single theme or several separate themes to be determined in collaboration with the project’s artist selection committee. The artist or artists selected will have approximately 4,000 square feet of wall space that they can work with at a height of approximately five feet.

Due to its massive surface, artists with experience in optical illusions are “strongly encouraged” to apply, according to the project’s website. The flood protection department would also be interested in working with a team of artists.

The allocated budget must cover all costs of design, materials, production, transportation, and installation of the artwork, as well as permits, taxes, and insurance costs that Tucson or the county may require.

The winner may have to attend public sessions to showcase the artwork to the community and must meet with the Arts Foundation-organized project panel, composed of local artists and community members, to approve the design before it begins .

Applications can be submitted on the Arts Foundation website and are due on Monday.

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