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Artists sought for downtown murals

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Gazette Staff
March 11, 2009
— Local artists are being invited to submit illustrations for outdoor murals to be hung in downtown Janesville.

The murals comprise two-thirds of the first phase of the "Heart of the City Outdoor Art Campaign," a public art project celebrating the social and economic history of Janesville.


The campaign is sponsored by the Janesville Design & Development Center. The first phase of the campaign, "Seeds of Success," covers the founding years of the community, 1830-1860.


Artists are asked to create 24-by-30-inch illustrations. One of the illustrations will reference the Rock River and the period 1840-1850. The other will reference the arrival of the railroads and the period 1850-1860.


The selected illustrations will be digitally transferred onto nylon canvas to create the 25-by-30-foot murals. Locations are being finalized.


The selected artists will receive a $1,000 commission.


Artwork for the first mural, referencing the settlers of 1830-1840, has been completed. It will be hung on the northwest face of the 101 E. Milwaukee St. building facing into the Janesville Farmers Market neighborhood. Installation of the first mural is being planned for late summer.


The deadline for applications is Friday, March 20.


For details and information on how to apply, visit www.janesvilledesign.com and click on the "Public Art' link near the bottom of the page.

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