Decatur public art project accepting 2019 submissions

Decatur public art project accepting 2019 submissions
Photo by Shop Merchant Street

The Decatur Area Arts Council (DAAC) Public Arts Committee launched a call for artist proposals for the 2019 edition of the Decatur Mural Project.

The project was launched in 2012 with the dual goal of beautifying city buildings and showcasing the work of local artists, in partnership with property owners, city administration, volunteers, and sponsors or funding agencies.

Two locations were selected to be painted in 2019. One is the south-facing wall of the building that currently houses J & M Thrift Shop at 531 N Water St, a few blocks away from the Decatur Civic Center.

The second is the east-facing wall of the building occupied by Kurent Safety, a provider of occupational safety services and supplies at 3650 E William St Rd in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Owner Matt Kuezel is an Army veteran, and he has requested that artists consider a veteran-focused or faith-based design for the mural.

The murals are due for completion by Sept. 30, and the selected artists will each receive a $1,500 stipend, in addition to free supplies and equipment for the project. Preference is given to local artists, but artists from outside the Decatur area are eligible to apply.

The 2019 murals are made possible by a grant from Mark & Susan Avery. Mark is the owner of Country Journal Publishing, and the couple are committed Decatur boosters.