Artist Opportunities

2022 Traffic Control Boxes

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Traffic Control Box vinyl wraps
Deadline – Monday, October 10, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

The City of Chandler is looking for 5 Arizona-based artists or artist teams to create digital artwork that will be printed and installed on metal traffic control cabinets near Basha High School. Chosen designs will reflect the character of the area. While the City is primarily seeking digital illustrations, original work by photographers, painters, drawers and printmakers will also be considered.

Selected artists or artist teams will work with a student or students from Basha High School to come up with a concept, which the artist will interpret and hone into a finished design. Artists will be supported by school district staff and are expected to meet with students in-person at Basha High School on two different days for brainstorming and design finalization. Preference will be given to artists who have not completed a traffic control box for the City of Chandler in the past. All designs are subject to approval by city staff.

Artwork should be designed to fully cover all faces of the cabinets and will be installed using vinyl adhesive wraps. Selected artists will be paid a stipend of $1,000 per box, which will cover all design costs. Production and installation costs will be covered by the City.

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Shumway Community Art Project

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Shumway Leadership Academy Community Art Project
Deadline – Monday, October 10, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

The City of Chandler is looking for an Arizona-based artist or artist team to lead the Shumway Leadership Academy neighborhood in creating a piece of public art that represents the neighborhood and community. The selected artist will work with school district and city staff to conceptualize and execute a design that will reflect the character of the area. While the City is primarily seeking muralists, artists who work in other media are also welcome to apply. Preference will be given to artists who have a demonstrated history of working within the community.

The selected artist or artist team will work with students from Shumway Leadership Academy to come up with a concept, which the artist will interpret and hone into a finished design. Artists will be supported by school district staff and are expected to meet with students in-person at Shumway on two different days for brainstorming and design finalization. The city is also requesting a day where the community helps to create the final product. All designs are subject to approval by city staff.

The final location will be determined with input from the selected artist, but should be close to Provinces Park, at 1258 E Orchid Ln. Chandler, AZ. The project budget is $15,000, which will cover all aspects of the project including, but not limited to, design, project management, insurance, materials, and installation / painting.

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Unsolicited Exhibition Proposals

Installation view of the exhibition Concerned, but Powerless, by artist Safwat Saleem

Are you interested in showing your work at Vision Gallery or the Chandler Center for the Arts? We always accept exhibition proposals for both spaces and jury them on a rolling basis during the months of January and June. Please click the button below to access our submission form.

Interested artists are encouraged to contact gallery staff prior to submission with any questions they may have. Gallery staff can be reached at vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov and 480-782-2695.

Exhibition Proposal Form

Tips

  • Incomplete and improperly formatted applications may not receive a response
  • Small group exhibitions including 2-4 artists in different media organized around a common theme are more likely to be accepted than solo exhibitions. This benefits both the gallery and the artists as it attracts a wider variety of viewers, but still allows the artists to display a cohesive body of work, as opposed to individual objects.
  • Solo artists may still apply, but will be considered for both group and solo exhibitions.
  • The quality of your images matters. Make sure your photographs are in focus, well lit, and with a plain background. It is possible to take good photographs with your phone, but if you have a better option – use it! Here is a good tutorial for taking quality pictures of your artwork with a smartphone.
  • We do not have a budget for shipping artwork. If you live outside of Arizona, it may be quite costly to get your artwork to and from the gallery.
  • Take a look at our past exhibitions to get a feel for the kinds of shows we host.
  • If your primary goal is selling artwork, we might not be the right gallery for you. Although we are thrilled when artwork sells, our focus is on hosting engaging, thought-provoking exhibitions for our community to enjoy and not commercial sales.

Vision Kids Classes

The Vision Gallery offers its Vision Kids Programs in a variety of media and all classes are taught by local professional artists. The classes are offered to the Phoenix metropolitan community free of charge to the participants, and are underwritten by individuals, corporations, and grant funding.

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Gallery at the CCA

The Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts is curated by the Vision Gallery as part of the Arts Center Division of the City of Chandler. Both galleries are non-profit art galleries managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation and host six to eight exhibitions per year.

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Vision Gallery in the News

The Vision Gallery, Gallery at the CCA, and Chandler’s Public Art program are regularly featured in local media outlets including the SanTan Sun News, Phoenix New Times, AZ Redbook, and KJZZ. Read recent stories and find links here.

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