Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Indiana University Kokomo is planning a mural, approximately ten feet (10’) x sixty feet (60’), to be a permanent part of the Student Activities and Events Center on campus, opening in September, 2020.
There will be a competition to select an artist to design and oversee this production work of art. The selected artist will be paid a commission of up to $20,000, to cover all the artist's expenses, including materials, design fabrication, personal expenses, transportation, self-insurance, and oversight of the mural’s installation on the site.
Any artist who resides in the State of Indiana is eligible for consideration. Initial screening will not require a completed project. Up to five finalists will be selected from the entrants. The finalists will be paid $300 each to develop and present a proposal for the painting. Detailed drawing and specifications should be included in the final proposal. A panel of five judges will make a recommendation to the IU Kokomo Mural Committee, with whom the final decision rests.
Description of Project
In order to have access to the mural for cleaning, the IU Kokomo mural will be painted on six panels, each measuring ten feet (10’) x ten feet (10’). The artist can choose the paint medium, taking into consideration that the mural will be in a public and possibly crowded space filled with natural light.
The specific content of the mural will be determined by the members of an expansive committee, but the overall themes will focus on the natural and built environments of northcentral Indiana, origins of the IU Kokomo campus, higher education and students, industry, citizens, historic figures, and broad themes of societal relationships, shared history, and cultural elements.