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Shock Art 2014 Call to Artists



Longmont, Colorado

Deadline for submission: May 19, 2014; 4:00 pm

The Art in Public Places Commission is pleased to present a call to local artists for SHOCK ART 2014, a community public art project to enhance several of the switchgear boxes throughout the City of Longmont.

Scope of Project:

In 2011, Longmont’s Art in Public Places initiated Shock Art, a community Art project in which five designs were selected by community members to be transformed onto switchgear boxes throughout the community. 2012 and 2013 each brought five more switchgear boxes, in addition to several school groups that painted switchgear boxes.

Project Description:

The Art in Public Places Commission has identified five more switchgear boxes to paint in 2014. Each of the five boxes will be painted by a different artist or team of artists.


No spray-painting will be allowed during any portion of the project. These boxes host live electrical wires and any spray paint could pose a danger. The boxes are 67"W x 61"D x 44" (tall). Each has several stickers that must remain visible for safety purposes, as these are active “live” boxes. If artists paint over the numbers, replacement stickers will be placed over the artwork to remain visible at all times.

2014 switchgear box locations:

Mountain View at Stuart

17th Street between Main Street and Kimbark

21st Ave. & Hover Road

Kimbark Street at 11th


Art in Public Places requires that the artist(s) paint all five sides of the switchgear box, including the entire “top.” Please note that while the tops of the boxes will be painted, they are the least visible to passersby (and most visible to the viewers/voters while on display).  Please take this into consideration when designing your box.  Designs should be “busy” as a deterrent for others to paint over the original artwork. No words may be used in the artwork.   

The theme for 2014 switchgear boxes is “FUN!” 

All designs must be appropriate, timeless, unique, and of original design, and must not have any political or religious connotations or symbolisms.

Artists are asked to use high-quality acrylic paints. No additional adhesives are permissible (e.g., no tape, stickers, or other adhesives or embellishments can be adhered to the boxes).

All winners will be required to attend an orientation session prior to commencing work on switchgear boxes.

Submission Requirements:

Artists must submit a three-dimensional (3-D) 11” x 10” x 7.25” box as their proposal.  Please submit your design on a material that will hold up to three weeks being on display at the museum (construction paper tends to not hold up so well). All five sides of the box must be painted/colored as it will be selected and replicated on the actual switchgear box.  Art in Public Places will determine the specific switchgear box for each winning artist.

All submission boxes must have artist’s name, email, and phone number clearly written on the bottom. In addition, please submit the following, either by email or hard copy/CD:


March 2014 – Call to artists.

May 19, 2014 – All box proposals due the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center (400 Quail Road) by 4:00 pm.

May 23, 2014 through June 11, 2014 – All submissions will be on display at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center for public viewing and voting.

June 26, 2014 – Five winners will be notified.

July 2014 –contract negotiations with artists; Artists’ orientation(s).

August 1– October 1 – Artists paint


Five artists/teams of artists will be awarded a contract of $1,500 for each box. This amount will include all supplies and materials (except primer and sealer) and any travel expenses incurred as well as a stipend for the artist(s). AIPP will provide the primed and prepped switchgear boxes, and all publicity/marketing materials and sealant once artwork is completed. Artists will receive a portion of the $1,500 up front to cover materials, and another portion upon completion of the work.

Selection Process:

With the great response that we have seen from the Longmont Community, we will once again put it out to vote.  Community members may visit the exhibit of Shock Art submissions at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center and vote for their favorite five boxes from May 23- June11. 

Artists, please let your friends, family, and neighbors know that you have submitted a box design and encourage them to see all of the submitted artwork and to cast their vote!

Final selection and location assignments will be approved by the Art in Public Places Commission.


All submission must be received at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, Colorado 80501 before 4:00 pm on May 19, 2014.  Please check Museum’s website or call to confirm open hours. 303.651.8374;