Call for Artwork

Call for Artwork header with Mill Valley Arts Commission logo

Call for Artwork banner at the Mill Valley Downtown Depot PlazaThe City of Mill Valley and the Mill Valley Arts Commission are seeking artists to showcase their art as part of this pilot project by creating Public Art to be placed throughout the City of Mill Valley. The goal of this project is to enhance the beauty and vibrancy of Mill Valley, showcase artists and their work to a broader segment of the community, and bring art to unexpected places. The City’s intent is to have rotating art in various locations, starting with The Depot on the Downtown Plaza. 

Submissions will be accepted electronically via Dropbox only (see upload instructions below). Application deadline December 1, 2021.

Please read this “Call for Local Artists to Share Talents” in its entirety before completing the application.


Eligibility

All entries must be an original design and meet dimensions of 4’ W x 8’ H, include all items required in the application packet, and artwork must be suitable for viewing by all ages and be able to withstand weather elements as all artwork will be displayed outdoors.

While all artists and ages are invited to apply for this program, priority will be given to artists who either live or work in the City of Mill Valley or greater Mill Valley area. Student artists are also strongly encouraged to apply. Artists may enlist assistants or art instructors to help them complete their artwork.

Description and Location 

The location is at The Depot Café and Bookstore in downtown Mill Valley on the Plaza and will be within one of the existing arches.

The dimensions and information as to size, suggested materials that the art is applied to are as follows:

Dimensions: 4’ (width) by 8’ (height) and limited to two-dimensional (2D) art only.

Suggested Material: Plywood, metal or other material that is appropriate for outdoor installation and can be screwed, stapled, or temporarily mounted onto plywood. The artist is responsible for providing all supplies to complete their artwork.

The method of attachment will be assisted by Department of Public Works, and/ or Mill Valley Recreation and Mill Valley Arts Commission and by appointment only

The artwork should enliven, and transform the location, and reflect the neighborhood or area where it is located. The art should be visible from a few feet distance; therefore, artists may choose to utilize bold colors and designs. Artists may submit more than one concept for consideration.

A detailed Artist Agreement must be signed prior to the start of work. Artists under the age of 18, must have a parent or guardian also sign the Artist’s Agreement.

Entries that use a copyrighted or trademarked image will not be accepted. The art must be original and appropriate for viewing by all ages and segments of the community. Entries must not defame or invade the rights of any person(s), living or dead. The art may include the artist’s name (no larger than 1” x 2”) in one area.

The artwork is anticipated to remain in place for 90 days with a possible extension. 

The applicants acknowledge that vandalism, damage or theft could occur to their work

The City holds no liability should artwork become vandalized, damaged, or stolen. 

The application and information are also available on the City’s website www.millvalleyarts.org.


Application Package

Each of the following items must be submitted with the fully completed Artist Application:

  • A conceptual COLOR drawing showing the planned artwork. Submissions may be hand drawn or computer generated. It does not need to be to actual scale.
  • An Artist Statement (2,000 characters maximum) that describes the artist’s interest in displaying their artwork, previous experience with public art projects, the artist’s inspiration, and how the artist believes the art will enrich the area.
  • A résumé that does not exceed four pages and includes either (a) exhibition history and past projects or (b) a brief description of cooperative, community-based projects is strongly encouraged. Students may submit a letter of recommendation from an art teacher in lieu of a résumé. Artists under the age of 18, are not required to submit a resume.
  • A minimum of two (2) examples of previous work including a brief description is needed. Artists under the age of 18, are not required to supply (2) examples of previous work.
  • Download and complete the Artist Application (PDF). When completed, please save the application and submit with the other items in the application package.

Note: Youth entries may provide a paragraph on their design inspiration and why they would like to be selected in lieu of artist statement, resume and examples of previous work.

Submission Instructions:

All items from the above listed Application Package must be submitted to be eligible for selection.

To submit your Application Package:

  • Visit our Dropbox File Request here.
  • Add all of the required files (as listed above) to Dropbox
  • Be sure to include your name and email address upon submission
  • Click upload when all files have been uploaded

All visuals including examples of previous work must be submitted in electronic format and must meet the following specifications: 

  • File type: JPG
  • Dimensions: minimum 1920 pixels on the longest side
  • Resolution: 300 dpi

Selection Process 

  • Review by the Mill Valley Arts Commission Public Art Subcommittee.
  • Committee recommendation to the full Arts Commission.
  • Full Arts Commission approval via a juried presentation.

Note: Final approval may be required by the City Council as well.

Selection Criteria

  • Artist’s experience and ability to complete the project within established time frame
  • Creativity and originality of the proposed artwork
  • Artwork that relates to the location and surrounding area
  • Artwork that emphasizes the City’s unique characteristics, historic heritage, or an activity/event in the area.

If you are selected:

Selected artists must sign a City of Mill Valley liability release and complete the Artist Agreement before beginning work on the selected piece. 

Selected artists must provide completed artwork on the agreed to installation date. If artwork will not be ready for installation on the agreed to installation date artist must notify the City within 30 days prior to installation date.

Selected artists must safely remove artwork on the agreed to de-installation date. Should artist not remove artwork on the agreed to de-installation date the City may retain the artwork.

Questions: Please contact Mill Valley Arts Commission at (415) 383-1370 or artscommission@cityofmillvalley.org.

Thank you for your interest!