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Utility Box Competition, SHAC

Award: $500 stipend for design

Deadline: 05/01/2020

Guidelines link: Click here for guidelines

Disciplines: Not Discipline Specific

Location: Local (Cleveland Area)

Building on the success of the Painting the Town utility box project, the Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) is pleased to announce this year’s project: Building Blocks. Along with several of Shaker’s neighborhood associations, SHAC is sponsoring a juried art competition for the design of utility boxes located in the residential neighborhoods. We are inviting our local artists to participate.

All designs must be submitted electronically on the template provided. Designs and applications must be submitted to SHAC via email ( no later than Friday, May 1, 2020. PLEASE SEE THE GUIDELINES LINK ABOVE to download design template and application.

Eligibility: Applicants must be 21 years or older and live or work in Shaker Heights or the Shaker Heights School District. Applicants may submit more than one (1) design, but each must be submitted in a separate email. There are no entry fees. Artists will retain all copyrights to their artwork. Artists whose designs are selected will receive a $500.00 stipend after the work is installed.

All entries must be anonymous. Do not sign your submittal nor indicate your name on the submitted design document. SHAC’s jury members for this year’s program are: Liz Schorgl, Chair; Herb Ascherman, Photographer; Kendra Wood, Mixed Media and Fiber Artist; Andre Taylor, Retired Art Teacher; Chiq Montgomery, Graphic Designer; Kathleen McKenna, Painter along with representatives of the neighborhood associations. Selected works will be matched with neighborhood boxes. Since all of the boxes have slightly different dimensions, the artists may have to reformat their designs to fit the matched boxes. Please include areas or images in your design that can be modified to be neighborhood specific, as the artists will meet with the location’s neighborhood association. SHAC will work with the artists and associations in addressing this step.