UP Art Studio Launches Mini Murals in Austin

Local Artists Sought for New Opportunity in Austin Neighborhoods

Dec. 10, 2018 – The City of Austin has contracted with UP Art Studio to bring its successful Mini Murals program to Austin. Austin Transportation Department has started an Artbox Program, making traffic signal control cabinets at intersections available as canvases for artists.

Starting today, UP Art Studio has opened a Call for Artists, inviting local Austin artists to submit their qualifications for the opportunity to create an artbox (mini mural) on a signal cabinet. The deadline is Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. Artist applications will be reviewed, and qualifying artists accepted, to create a registry of artists available for this opportunity and future projects managed by UP Art Studio.

The first four installations are being funded by Austin Transportation Department. “The Artbox Program is just one way we are moving to make Austin streets more people-oriented -- better, more lively places for people to walk and bike and express the special character of our community,” said Katherine Gregor, who has started up the new program at Austin Transportation.

“We are excited that the City of Austin is advancing this program,” said Noah Quiles, Managing Partner of UP Art Studio.  “We’re also seeking other sponsors for more installations in Austin. In Houston, we have completed over 200 installations. Our sponsors see a mini mural as a great way to give back to the community. The cost to sponsor a mini mural is $2,500, with $1,000 going directly to the artist.” Additional opportunities for artists to enhance Austin cabinets are expected, as more project sponsors are identified. 

Artists interested in joining the registry can find the Open Call guidelines at www.minimurals.org/austin. The application requires providing qualifications, images of prior work, a letter of intent, and other information. Applicants will be notified of results the week of Jan. 14, 2018. 

For more information about the project, visit www.minimurals.org.