PowerArt! Round 2- Call for Art

In partnership with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (AADDA) and the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission (AAPAC), The Arts Alliance continues to manage PowerArt!, a three-phased project to install vinyl printed art reproductions from local artists on a total of 42 traffic boxes in downtown Ann Arbor.

The PowerArt! project goal is to transform the traffic boxes around downtown Ann Arbor from unsightly spaces that are primarily used for flyers or graffiti into beautiful canvases displaying colorful  local artists work.

Projects like PowerArt! exist across the country, and have led to a decrease in vandalism where installed. The vinyl material used to wrap the artwork around the boxes is resistant to graffiti, and if necessary the vinyl panels can be replaced if damaged.

In its pilot phase – round 1, eight works were installed around downtown Ann Arbor. In 2016 The Arts Alliance and the AADDA plan to wrap the remaining 34 power boxes including 17 in Round 2.

Above are the eight artworks that were installed during the pilot phase – Round 1 of PowerArt!

PowerArt! Round 2 Call for Art
The Arts Alliance will accept applications for the PowerArt! Round 2 through April 4, 2016. Applications should be of complete, partial or modified images of already-created works or works created specifically for PowerArt!. Modified work must be from the artist’s own original work. Work will be highly public and therefore must be appropriate to be viewed by individuals of all ages. Subject matter of work should also be suitable for all ages. The Arts Alliance reserves the right to disqualify works deemed offensive or otherwise unsuitable for this project at their discretion. 

Artists may submit multiple works of art for consideration, but are limited to a total of six images.  Artists should submit 2 dimensional works for consideration, but are encouraged to keep in mind the shape of the box in the design and how their work will look on a 3 dimensional canvas.

To be eligible the applicant must:

  • Be an individual, organization (school, community group, etc.) and/or business residing or working in Washtenaw County. Organizations and businesses will require a single contact person.
  • Submit at least one digital image of a 2 dimensional work meeting the entry requirements of a new or existing artwork of any medium. (The contracted fabricator will transform the image into a vinyl wrap that will be applied to the traffic boxes.) **Be sure submitted images meet all the entry requirements, especially the image size. Images that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
    • Example works from PowerArt! pilot phase/round 1 and other cities works can be seen here.
  • Complete the PowerArt! online application on www.callforentry.org by April 4, 2016.

All eligible applicants meeting the geographic requirement, regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, age, origin or disability, will be considered. For questions regarding eligibility, contact Allison Buck at allison.buck@a3arts.org

Image Requirements: submissions must include a relatively high resolution (1-5MB) digital image of the proposed artwork.

Artists must submit the following:

  • up to six different image for consideration.
  • The high resolution image must be submitted as a jpeg file with dimensions comparable to fit on the EPAC 12 Phase traffic boxes or 5.9’x11.75’ (HxW).
    • Further instructions can be found in the Site Maps filePowerArt_Final Diagram_2-02.
  • The file name must include the artist or organization name in the title.
    • For example: TheArtsAllianceImage.jpg
  • An artist/org statement
    • A list of collaborators and bios should be included if applicable.
  • A description of (each) work
  • The size and name of (each) work.

*Traffic box sizes vary. Therefore by submitting works, artists grant The Arts Alliance permission to alter/crop works as needed.

The Arts Alliance is committed to an open, transparent and community focused process from start to finish. Artwork will be selected by a jury of individuals representing a cross-section of the community, contributing a spectrum of diverse opinions.

Jury: Three of the jury positions are reserved for the following: one person from AADDA staff/board, one person from Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, one Ann Arbor City Council member, and one artist or curator. The remaining spots will be open for applications.

Apply to be a Juror

Public online selection process: The jury will select a total of twenty (20) works with thirteen (13) works slated for installation; the remaining seven (7) selected works will be published in an online survey format allowing members of the public to anonymously vote for their top four (4) works.  The public will be given two weeks to cast their votes.

Selected artists will be required to sign a contract that includes the following:

  • Artists must submit a high resolution professional quality (at least 150 dpi at full scale) version of their original submission in a proportion that is comparable to the selected traffic box size. The image file should include some bleed and overlap so that the work can be adjusted as needed.
  • Selected works will be licensed from the artist to the Arts Alliance, AADDA and City of Ann Arbor for use on the traffic box wrap in perpetuity and any marketing or publications as they relate to the PowerArt! Project.

Artists should submit works based on wrapping the EPAC 12 Phase box with the understanding that the final image files are required to be 150 dpi at full scale and meet the size requirements of the traffic box selected for installation of their work. There are three different sizes of traffic boxes  upon which works will be installed. These measurements should be considered during the submission process. Dimensions for all three types of power boxes and further instructions can be found in the Site Maps file.


Contracted artists will receive $1,450 for each work selected and installed.

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on April 4, 2016. 

Submissions must be made online at: www.callforentry.org.  All applicants must pay a $10 entry fee.  However, students may apply at a discounted rate of $5 by using coupon code: STUDENT.

Artists do not fabricate or install the final art on the traffic box. The Arts Alliance will contract a vendor who will take the high resolution professional quality image submitted by the artist and print it onto vinyl that will be applied to the box. The artist is not responsible for the maintenance of the wrapped box.

17  PowerArt! installations in the AADDA District

Step 1: Prep

Step 2: Call for Art

  • (March 2016): 4 months out—Call for art announced, call for jurors announced.
  • (April): 3 months out—Deadline for submission, jury convened to select top works including and those for public vote
  • (May) 2 months out—Public vote, Winners announced, contracts signed
  • (June) 1 month out—artwork to printer.

Step 3: Installation of artwork

  • (July)—Boxes prepped, artwork printed and installation.
  • Celebration/PR

For any questions or concerns about PowerArt! contact Allison Buck at 734.213.2733 or allison.buck@a3arts.org.

Apply online using the online service, CallforEntry.org™, also known as CaFÉ™ developed by Western State Arts Federation (WESTAF).

Deadline to apply is April 4, 2016

Call For Entry

Find videos and tutorials on how to apply here: https://www.callforentry.org/faq.phtml

Additional help and information:

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Trouble Shooting:

Contact The Arts Alliance when you have questions about:

  • Eligibility or submission rules that are not answered in the listing description.
  • The specific call’s application deadline extension and late-submission policies.
  • The results of the jury review and timeline for notifications.
  • How to edit your application after you have submitted it.

For questions or concerns/to contact The Arts Alliance email Allison Buck at allison.buck@a3arts.org

Contact the CaFÉ™ tech support staff when:

  • You have questions about uploading media or about your portfolio.
  • You encounter an error message on the website that is preventing an action.
  • The CaFÉ™ website cannot be accessed.
  • You need help navigating the website menu or in understanding the site features.
  • You would like to suggest an idea, provide feedback, or just to say hello.

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