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Posted on: January 29, 2018

An Unusual Call for Mural Artists Now Open

The City of Liberty is seeking experienced artist(s) or an artist-led team to develop artwork for a wood panel wall that screens the site of a 2016 building collapse at the corner of East Kansas and North Water Streets in historic downtown Liberty.

The building at Kansas and Water collapsed in 2016 and in December 2017, when the long-term chain link fencing was replaced with a plywood screening wall, the Liberty Arts Commission teamed up with the property owner to install a temporary mural that will bring life to the space. The goal is to install a mural or artistic enhancement that celebrates Liberty’s history, civic pride or culture and is appealing to area residents and visitors.

A national Call for Artists is now live on CaFÉ (, an online application and adjudication system for managing calls for entry. Proposals must be submitted online by Feb. 26.

The wall measures six feet tall by 160 feet wide in total and is built out of CCA treated plywood. Artists will select one of three options for their proposal:

  • Create a proposal for one of 15 individual panels (varying sizes available listed in application)
  • Create a proposal for all five panels on North Water OR all 8 panels on East Kansas
  • Create a proposal for one mural spanning the entire façade

Applications will be reviewed by a Wall Art Task Force, appointed by the Liberty Arts Commission, which includes representatives from the Liberty Arts Commission, Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc., the Historic District Review Commission, the Downtown Community Improvement District Board, City Council, City Staff and the property owner. The group will select proposals they feel fit the City’s culture and will recommend chosen artist(s) to the Liberty Arts Commission and City Council for final approval. Selected artists will be notified in March. An honorarium of up to $3,500 will be paid to the selected artist(s). The artwork should be completed and installed by the end of April, weather permitting.

Artists that can draw, paint, make prints, work in computer or graphic design, photography, etc. are invited to apply and must be 18 years or older. The artwork must require limited maintenance and withstand the area’s climate and weather for up to two years and will become the property of the City of Liberty. Details and applications are available online »

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