Jiffy Lube of Indiana and Fort Wayne magazine want to add more pizazz to northeast Indiana.
The organizations are seeking submissions for two murals to be installed on the sides of local Jiffy Lube buildings.
Jiffy Lube launched the Every Part Matters arts initiative in 2016 in Indianapolis. So far, 14 original artworks appear on Jiffy Lube locations in Marion County.
The goals are to grow people through work, beautify communities and help create a sense of place, program sponsors said in a news release.
Artwork can be painted murals or any other type of artwork that is relatively flat – projecting no more than 4-6 inches from the wall plane – and which can be attached to a wall. Murals may be painted directly onto the wall surface or can be painted onto a panel and attached to the wall. Artists may incorporate community involvement in the mural or do the work themselves.
Artists may choose the theme and subject – as long as it doesn't focus on any aspect of Jiffy Lube's business, the announcement said.
Artists will submit a budget for the completion of their mural. The amount can be $5,000 to $12,000, including for labor and material and to cover factors such as size of the wall for the mural and whether special equipment will be required.
Bill Brown, former president and CEO of the Downtown Improvement District, saw numerous works of art added downtown during his seven years in the position.
“The response has been really good to the murals,” he said, adding that the goal was to create an attraction to draw residents and visitors downtown.
The real measure of success, Brown said, is whether people want to have their picture taken in front of the artwork.
“The No. 1 thing is, they've got to be cool,” he said of the murals. “Cool never goes out of style.”
To apply for the Every Part Matters murals, artists should provide a summary of artistic experience, samples of their work and contact information. No designs are required as part of the application process.
Only professional artists who are at least 18 years old, live in northeast Indiana and can legally work in the United States will be considered. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 7.
Representatives from Fort Wayne magazine, Jiffy Lube and the Every Part Matters Fort Wayne Steering Committee will review submitted qualifications. Selected artists will work directly with the Every Part Matters Fort Wayne Steering Committee, which includes representation from Jiffy Lube, Fort Wayne magazine and the local arts community.
Submissions will be evaluated based on:
• Artistic quality: Submission displays a record of appropriate, yet innovative, concepts brought to a site or project, and documents creative and stylistically distinctive solutions to design and site challenges.
• Aesthetic sensibility: Work displays an aesthetic that would be desirable for this project.
• Technical ability: Submission indicates skill with materials and techniques similar to those that would be required for this project.
• Experience: Artist has demonstrated the ability on past projects to quickly acquire the skills needed to be successful on a project similar to what the artist will encounter with this project.
• Process: Artist has a record of smooth and pleasant working relationships on past projects.
The preliminary timeline calls for winners to be notified the week of Feb. 17, final revised mural designs to be submitted March 30 and mural installation between April 1 and June 30.
Anyone with questions should email Sara Fiedelholtz, editor in chief of Fort Wayne magazine, at email@example.com or call 847-736-1387.
At a glance
For more information about the mural program and examples of murals installed in other cities, visit jiffylubeindiana.com/every-part-matters
To submit an application, go online to http://www.fortwayne.com/everypartmatters/fortwayne/