Columbia and North Charleston seeking artist proposals for murals

The cities of Columbia and North Charleston both seek to commission artists to create public art projects — a mural for a new city garage in Columbia and a mural for a privately owned storage tank in North Charleston.

Columbia project (application deadline June 27 at 3 p.m.)

Open to South Carolina artists

The city of Columbia Parking Services Department has re-issued a request for proposals for South Carolina artists to submit proposals for the development and completion of an outdoor mural project for the new City Center Garage located at the southwest corner of Sumter and Taylor Streets in the downtown business district of Columbia. The City wishes to engage a South Carolina artist with at least a minimum of five years experience in outdoor murals to design and construct a permanent mural on a concrete block wall on the side of the garage facing Sumter Street. The mural area is 8 feet, 7 inches high and 16 feet wide.

Artists must submit a resume, images of their work, and a color rendering of the proposed mural design and palette. Mounting/installation of a piece, modification of the exterior architecture or other means of modification to a building requires prior approval from the City. Also, the art should not damage the natural environment. The process to select and award an artist(s)/project(s) will include a review of proposals by a committee made up of City staff, representatives of the Columbia art community and adjacent property owners based on the selection process and criteria explained in section VI of the bid document.  A recommended proposal will then be sent to Columbia City Council for final approval.

To submit an entry, an artist or team of artists must complete an official application and submit their proposal on BID Online by 3 p.m. June 27, 2013. Questions and requests for additional information must be submitted using BID Online.  The deadline for questions and/or additional information is June 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. (EST).

City Center garage

Although the City prefers questions to be submitted online, you may contact Kathy Santandreu at 803-545-3473 or if you have difficulty registering through BID Online.

North Charleston project (application deadline: hand delivered by June 28 at 5 p.m. or postmarked by June 30)

Open to artists in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

The City of North Charleston seeks to commission a graphic artist to design a large outdoor mural for a privately owned storage tank located at 1003 East Montague Avenue near the Olde Village area of North Charleston. Professional graphic artists residing in the Tri-County area (Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties) are invited to submit their qualifications for the public art project. A committee comprised of city officials, business leaders, and community leaders will select one artist to create the mural design. The total budget for this project is $5,000 and involves all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: artist’s design fees, materials, production costs, travel, documentation, and any permits, license, or insurance. The mural will measure 140’w x 40’h and will be fabricated on cast white vinyl and professionally mounted to the carbon steel tank. Interested artists should contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 or for the complete commission prospectus. Application materials must be hand delivered by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28, or postmarked by Sunday, June 30, 2013. Artists will be notified of the commission award by July 10, 2013.


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For more information, contact Marty Besancon at 843-740-5850 or

Via: City of Columbia, City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department