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Call for Artists – Painted Signal Boxes

  • Call for Proposals
  • Reno, NV
  • 1000 USD / Year

Website City of Reno Arts & Culture


ELIGIBILITY: The Project is open to artists in a regional area encompassing Nevada and Northern California with experience in public art projects. 


PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) is seeking 13 artists to design and paint artwork on select City of Reno signal boxes. This public art project creates new artwork for public display throughout the City of Reno. Goals of this project include: transforming utilitarian structure into an art form; increasing public awareness of art; broadening viewers’ perspectives of public spaces within the city; and fostering a sense of place on Reno’s streets. The artist(s) selected should have demonstrated experience working in public locations subject to vandalism. Artwork will be selected based on the quality of design and have a 5-year life expectancy. Proposals should consider aesthetically pleasing use of color and form as well as relate well to the surrounding environs in which they will be placed. 

Proposals should reflect thoughtful consideration of locations and site-specificity. Large areas of black and/or dark colors are discouraged due to the risk of overheating the signal boxes. Outside murals are subject to the harshest environmental conditions; murals must be painted with high-quality color-fast paint with the proven ability to maintain color-fastness for five-years. Materials, colors used, and design will be at the approval of the City of Reno. Upon application the artist must take into consideration: need for doors or hinges to open, keyholes not to be painted over, and not covering vents. All signal boxes are programmed for the general public. The appropriateness and quality of proposals is determined by the– Public Art Committee whose recommendations are provided to the Reno Arts and Culture Commission for final approval. 


SPECIFICATIONS: Selected artist(s) will design and execute one-of-a-kind two-dimensional images that wrap around all sides and the top of the selected signal box. Paint specifications as follows: Main coat (Chroma Acrylic Mural Paint, Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics, Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics, Rust-Oleum Professional Rust Resistant Enamel Spray Paint). The boxes will be painted in June of 2024. 



E 1 st St. & N Virginia St. 
W 1 st St. & N Sierra St. 
W 2 nd St. & N Sierra St. 
E 4th St. & Sutro St. 
E 4th St. & Sage St.
E 4th St. & Evans Ave. 
5 th St. & Virginia St. 
E 6th St. & Valley Rd. 
Court St. & S. Sierra St. 
Holcomb Ave. & E Liberty St. 
N Wells Ave. & I-80 West Exit 
Sky Vista Pkwy. & Vista Knoll Pkwy. 
South Meadows Pkwy. & Evergreen St. 

BUDGET: Project Budget is $1000 per signal box, estimated to cover $300 for materials and $700 for the artist fee.



  • Resume or list of relevant professional artistic accomplishments from past applicable exhibitions or public art projects.
  • Digital images of relevant artwork (up to 5) in JPG format.
  • Image information: title, media, size, date, location, description of work
  • Project Approach: Include written design concept for signal box and choice of materials (including manufacturer specifications).
  • Visual representation of project proposal. Please use the provided Signal Box Design Submission Template.
  • If you have a preferred signal box that you would like to paint, you may list your preferences.

Please submit materials via Submittable by April 30, 2024 at 11 p.m. 



April 30, 2024 – Submittal deadline 
May 2024 – Public Art Committee and Reno Arts & Culture Commission select artists 
Late May 2024 – Artists notified 
June 2024 – Artists paint signal boxes. 


For any questions related to the call, please contact or 775-334-6264. For questions or issues with the application form or Submittable, please contact Submittable Tech Support.

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