**UPDATE: After feedback from local visual artists the following call for proposals has been revised. Thank you all for your input!**

 

Oskar Blues Brewery is seeking project proposals for Western North Carolina artists interested in creating a signature mural for their Brevard, NC location. Artists from diverse backgrounds and ranges of experience are encouraged to apply. Artists must be willing to adhere to all contractual obligations, project guidelines, and timeline. They should be able to demonstrate their ability to execute a public project of this scope both creatively and technically.

 

PROJECT INTENT

Originally a Colorado-based brewery, Oskar Blues has grown to add a location in the hills of Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, North Carolina. Specializing in canned craft beer, they focus on the importance of a portable and recyclable option for the adventurous lifestyle. The brewery is now looking to add an indoor mural that expresses the company culture and interests of the region. Such interests include, mountain biking, camping, hiking, craft beer, and an overall appreciation for the great outdoors. The mural should be representative of the vision of and existing Oskar Blues Brewery branding in its Pisgah National Forest location as well as the function of a visual reference/guide to the taproom.

 

TIMELINE FOR APPLICATIONS AND PROJECT

  • March 28, 2017 – Submission deadline
  • April 3, 2017 – Finalist announced and contacted
  • May 30, 2017 – Project deadline (mural completed!)
  • June 17, 2017 – Unveiling event (tentative date)

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA

The mural project will be administered and managed by Oskar Blues Brewery to help create an identity and branding of the space. The selection committee consists of Oskar Blues Brewery staff members, local muralist Ian Wilkinson, and staff of the Asheville Area Arts Council, Henderson County Arts Council, and Transylvania Community Arts Council.

Selection Criteria:

  • Work history and demonstrable technical ability
  • Experience working within an expected timeline
  • Visual impact
  • Appropriateness of content
  • Incorporating the well-established Oskar Blues branding

 

PROJECT BUDGET

The total artist stipend for the Oskar Blues Brewery mural project is $2,500. All materials and artist compensation must come out of this budget. Note that the space will be primed and prepped by Oskar Blues Brewery in advance of the start date.

In addition to the monetary compensation, the selected artist’s bar tab will be covered by Oskar Blues Brewery throughout the project timeline. Please note that the bar tab is for beer that will be taken off site; no drinking will be allowed while working. Ladders will also be provided during week days and a sky jack will be provided on weekends for the artist’s use.

 

PRESS

Oskar Blues Brewery has a national communications network. The artist and mural project selected will be promoted in an announcement via a national and regional press list, online and in print, with social media updates on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The unveiling celebration will be June 17, 2017 at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard and will have music, press, and possibly a beer brewed in collaboration with the mural if the artist so chooses.

 

ELIGIBILITY

The competition is open to established professional artists living in the Western North Carolina region. Only professional artists with reviewable portfolios are eligible to apply.

Once selected, the Commissioned Artist(s) will be required to provide evidence of appropriate liability, property damage, and workers compensation insurance while working on the site.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Submissions must include all of the information and materials described below. All application materials must be emailed to aaron@oskarblues.com by 5:00 pm on March 28, 2017.

 

CONTACT

Aaron Baker

Oskar Blues Brewery

aaron@oskarblues.com

 

HOW TO APPLY

For full details of application process and requirements, please download the Call for Proposals PDF.

Submissions must include all of the information and materials described below. All application materials must be emailed to aaron@oskarblues.com by 5:00 pm on March 28, 2017.

 

CONTACT

Aaron Baker

Oskar Blues Brewery

aaron@oskarblues.com

 

MURAL LOCATION

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