This blank wall will soon serve as a “welcome mat” for visitors approaching downtown Jackson at Pearl Street. Image: GJAC

The Greater Jackson Arts Council, in partnership with Downtown Jackson Partners, is hoping to create “exciting, welcoming public art projects: in Downtown Jackson.

In an email call-to-artists, GJAC is seeking an artist or artists to paint an 84 foot by 34 foot mural on the side of the Gadow Tyler Law Office on Pearl Street.

“For this mural, we are asking artists to design and paint a mural that will essentially serve as a welcome mat to the city of Jackson,” says David Lewis, Greater Jackson Arts Council project specialist. “As we prepare for the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History opening in December, we are looking to welcome new visitors to our vibrant and growing city.”

The wall is an uneven brick surface featuring several segments that protrude from the wall a few inches, according to a release sent via email. The artist should take into consideration whether these features are to be considered as individual elements in the design, or if the wall is to be treated as one whole surface.

“For this project, we are looking for work that has never been seen before in Jackson,” Lewis explains. “Given the amount of traffic that will see this mural, we want this work to stand out above the rest of the work across the country.

Lewis goes on to say the winning design will need to be a finished concept that represents Jackson as it positions itself towards the future.

“As it is to be a welcoming billboard for the city, artists are encouraged to study the ways citizens and visitors might first encounter and see the mural by all modes of transportation. For example, the artists should note the approach by car over the Pearl Street bridge, noting the trees that block a certain portion of the mural, taking into consideration the area that is first seen. And, due to the size and scope of this project, artists are welcomed to work together as a team to achieve the design and complete the project in a more efficient manner.”

For questions and to submit your designs, contact Lewis at the Greater Jackson Arts Council, 201 East Pascagoula Street Suite 103 Jackson, MS 39201 or email david@greaterjacksonartscouncil.com. A commission fee, equipment and supply stipend will be awarded. The deadline to submit is September 8, 2017.