Newcastle Arts Council is accepting submissions for a muralist


City of Newcastle

Lake Boren Rest Area Building Mural


The City of Newcastle, through the Newcastle Arts Council, is commissioning an artist or team of artists to paint a mural for the restroom building at Lake Boren Park located at 13058 SE 84th Way, Newcastle, WA 98056. The mural will be located on the south wall facing the parking lot.  This mural will be a welcoming attraction to the park as it is in a very central location and will be a draw to the site. The mural will draw inspiration from its surroundings, incorporating themes depicting the character of the Newcastle community. The final mural design must demonstrate a connection to Newcastle either through the themes of Newcastle history, industry, recreation, and natural environment or through a positive message for the community or through an interactive element. The design should be an attraction to the park and Newcastle.  

The mural will be painted on two 4’X8’ rectangle sheets of plywood that will be horizontally mounted on a raised metal wall (see Exhibit 1). The mural should have a design that can be viewed up close as well as from a distance and is easy to repair or replicate in the event of vandalism. As a part of the overall mural design, the artist will create the color scheme and provide it to the City of Newcastle. The mural will be framed, with materials provided by Newcastle Arts Council and will become part of the design. The artist is responsible for primer, paint, sealant, brushes, and any necessary tools which will be paid for out of the implementation budget. Newcastle Arts Council and the City of Newcastle will provide the plywood, framing materials and labor and materials required for installation. The selected artist will work with the City of Newcastle staff for the installation. This project is funded in part by the City of Newcastle with the support of a grant from 4Culture. The commission for the artist or team of artists for this project will be based on project cost estimates and is not to exceed $2,500.


This opportunity is open to individual artists or artist teams. We are looking for a painter, mural artist, or artist with previous mural experience or ability to complete this project. Three finalists will be selected to create a proposal for the mural. Selected artist will work with Newcastle Arts Council on the overall design.


 Newcastle Arts Council with the assistance of City of Newcastle staff and community members (“Review Committee”) will review artist applications and select three finalists. These finalists will have the opportunity to create a proposal for the site to be presented to the Review Committee.  Based on these proposals, the Review Committee will select one artist for the commission. The selected artist or group of artists will have an agreement that includes one level of design review, implementation, and installation of the final work. 

Qualifications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

• Exhibited technical proficiency in outdoor mural painting

• Quality and strength of past mural work

• An ability to reflect desired themes in a manner that is fitting for a public audience

• Availability to complete the work within specified time frame

Special consideration will be given to Newcastle Area artists


Applications must be received by 5:00 PM PST on October 13, 2020 and directed either by mail or by e-mail to:

By mail:

Newcastle Arts Council

Attn: Edward Flash

13541 SE 83rd St.

Newcastle, WA 98059


By e-mail: (pictures must be in a JPG format)

Materials will not be returned to the sender

Questions can be sent to

Applicants must submit the following materials:

1. Resume: Maximum two-page current professional resume. For collaborating teams, everyone must submit a resume.

2. Statement of interest in the project: In 500 words (or less), explain your interest in this opportunity and how your practice relates to this project and the selection criteria. This statement should include a description of your experience creating outdoor murals.

3. Statement of vision: 500 words (or less) that describes a proposed design and how it connects to Newcastle’s history, culture and community.

4. Work Samples: Please provide up to 10 images of previous work. Include, Title, date, medium, location, applicant’s role in the creation of the artwork (lead artist or collaboration) project location, cost/budget, and short summary of the work.


Schedule for the project is as follows, but may be subject to change:

Application due:                      5:00 p.m. PST, October 13, 2020 by 5:00pm PST

Application review:                  October 14-28, 2020

Finalists notified:                     October 29, 2020

Proposals due:                        November 12, 2020

Artist Selected:                       November 27, 2020

Work delivered by:                  December 28, 2020

Installation:                              January 2021 (specific date to be determined)

It is expected that the mural will be completed in the artist’s space with the final murals installed at the project site shown in Exhibit 1.


The final chosen artist will grant City of Newcastle and Newcastle Arts Council the right to reproduce the artwork through print, film or electronic media for documentary, educational, and promotional purposes.

Exhibit 1 – Wall for Mural