We are searching for international artists to participate in a collaborative exchange, a visual conversation, a global painting project! Artists originating from and living outside of the United States will be considered.
The International Mural by Mail Network offers the opportunity for working and communicating visually with other artists on a global scale.
We are initiating a series of large-scale murals, created jointly by two artists of diverse cultural background and artistic points of view, in a collaborative exchange entirely by mail. On one end, each mural will be completed by a local Portland artist. With this announcement, we are seeking international counterparts for this project.
Protocol: In a visual conversation between citizens of different countries, a theme of mutual interest will be explored. The theme is open; possibilities include (but not necessarily!) the role of beauty and art in our lives, family life, history, dreams of the citizen, environmental issues, political ideologies, workers’ rights, etc. Current headlines can always be a ready point of departure.
Mural cartoons (full scale mock-up drawings) will be mailed between collaborating artists. Each will begin adding elements on blank cartoon sheet to be mailed to their partner, who in turn will respond with their own elements. This exchange will continue until each artist determines “their” composition complete, and thereupon actualizes the cartoon as a mural.
By design, our proposition is intended to be an independent adaptation and interpretation of participating artists.
Timely correspondence and follow-through
Completing a painting from the composition created
We will provide:
$500 stipend to selected artists
All shipping expenses covered
Exhibition at Elisabeth Jones Art Center of the completed project
We are working to offer an honorarium to cover full airfare for participating artists to come to Portland, Oregon, USA, to attend the opening at the Art Center.
To apply: Please submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following no later than February 15th, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed as received. It is best to submit your application sooner rather than later.
CV or short bio
5 to 10 images of your artwork
Any supplementary information at the artist’s discretion
Motivation, commitment, and ability to carry out the project through completion
English proficiency appreciated but not required
We will include a diversity of global perspectives and voices in our ensemble