Contact: Randy Ham
Executive Director
Odessa Arts
PO Box 7195
Odessa, TX 79761
For Immediate Release:
Odessa Arts announces a Call for Artists for the Golder Avenue Traffic Box project

Odessa, TX – Odessa Arts is seeking applications from artists and designers interested in creating artwork for four electrical boxes along Golder Avenue. The boxes will become part of an Outdoor Gallery of Public Art, joining twelve already completed boxes. The completed boxes will be unveiled in Spring 2017.

One artist or designer will be selected for this opportunity and will be paid an all-inclusive fee of $4000 to create the artwork. This project will create a unique and memorable visual statement that will highlight the Public Art Program here in Odessa. We are seeking an artist or designer who will approach the boxes as a family of art works and can create a unified and artistically interesting body of work. This project will expand the original 12 traffic boxes that were commissioned in 2016. The chosen artist will be required to submit a design for four traffic utility boxes. The chosen artist will also be given works by authors who have been highlighted by the City’s One Book Odessa program and will need to incorporate the works into their designs, either through adding text, or designs that are inspired by the text and the program.
The boxes will be wrapped with adhesive vinyl on which the art has been printed.
Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Odessa artists, residents, and business owners and three finalists will be selected, based upon the criteria below. Finalists will be paid a $500 stipend to develop a proposal and present it to the panel. One artist or designer will be awarded the commission, based upon their proposal, presentation, and references.
The criteria for selection of finalists are:
Artistic excellence as demonstrated by past work and shown in the submitted materials.
Understanding of the project and ability to create work that responds to the goals of the project.
Ability to create a work that will be durable and easy to maintain for an expected life span of at least five years.
Anticipated Timeline
Applications due – 12pm, January 2, 2017
Finalists Selected – Early February, 2017
Finalist Proposals – Late March/ early April, 2017
Commission Awarded – Mid May, 2017
Artwork Installed – by July 2017 for unveiling.
Submission Requirements
A typed Letter of Interest, no longer than 1 page.
Current Artistic Resume, no longer than 3 pages, including contact information.
Up to 10 Digital Images of previous work, submitted electronically. Images must be JPEG file format and should be labeled with a number indicating the viewing order and the artist’s last name. Images must be no more than 1920 pixels on the longest side and must be “high quality” JPEG file format at 300 dpi.
A corresponding Image List with image number, title, medium, dimensions, brief description, and date of work.
Three References with current contact information including phone numbers and emails.

Submissions will be accepted online only beginning December 2, 2016.
Visit to apply.
Photos of original 12 boxes can be found at
Call or e-mail OA with questions: 432-337-1492 or
Applications must be received by 12pm, January 2, 2017.