Thursday, May 19, 2016

Call for muralists

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with Arts Brookfield, is excited to announce the second installment of “Paint the Town,” an initiative to promote more public art murals in downtown Bethesda. In an effort to beautify the area surrounding the Bethesda Metro, the mural project will focus on the plaza area and bus bay at 3 Bethesda Metro Center. The project area includes the overhang above the escalator, six substantial columns and a bench at the base of the escalator that stretches along the bus terminal sidewalk.
“We are excited to continue our endeavor to bring more public art murals to downtown Bethesda,” said Cathy Bernard, President of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, “We are thrilled to partner with Arts Brookfield on this project and look forward to making the Bethesda Metro Bus Bay a more colorful and welcoming area for commuters, visitors and residents.”
Artists are invited to submit an application, which includes a project rendering, for the chance to be selected to paint the mural. The dimensions of the site are as follows:

·         Overhang - 158' L x 7.5' H
·         Columns - 12' H x 6.5' C
·         Bench - 90' L x 2' W x 1.5' H

$30,000 will be provided to the artist to pay for supplies and the artist’s time. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 18, 2016.

Interested artists should visit for more information and for the application.

The project must be completed by October 15, 2016.
The selected artist is required to use a paint specific to outdoor and concrete use such as Keim, SherKryl, NovaColor by Artex or Golden Artist Colors, etc. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

“We are pleased to be a part of this project, and through it, introduce Bethesda and the D.C. region to our Arts Brookfield team,” said Richard Fernicola, Vice President of Development for Brookfield’s U.S. Division. “This mural is just a sample of the world-class art and entertainment Arts Brookfield will bring to Bethesda Metro Center.”

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