Stories from the Midland Area Community Foundation

Public Arts Midland seeks artists for M20 Bridge Mural Project

November 24th, 2020

Public Arts Midland, an initiative of the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF), is seeking professional artist responses via a Request for Proposal (RFP) to commission an original, site-specific work of art located on Midland’s Pere Marquette Rail Trail.

“The core of Public Arts Midland is providing spaces to help people create connections through public art,” said Dacia Parker, Public Arts Midland Committee Member. “These two distinct pubic art installations located beneath the M20 Traffic Bridge will add to the vibrancy, value, and cultural vitality of Midland, enhancing the quality of life for both residents and visitors, alike.”

The two installation sites are located on the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, providing a gateway experience to Downtown Midland’s parks and recreation areas. Each piece should reflect the diversity and dynamism of the community and be designed at a scale that engages viewers from a distance. The artwork surface space consists of the faces of two concrete beams supporting the M20 Traffic Bridge over the pedestrian path. Proposed artwork may take the form of a mural, low-relief sculpture, a combination of these, or other appropriate forms of art. Submissions are open to artists with the demonstrated capacity to create a fully realized work of art that fits the criteria.

“Public Arts Midland is excited to see the work and creativity of local artists and beyond,” said Parker. “These two installations are intended to be unique to Midland, highlighting the spirit of the community.”

There are two installation sites for the project. The budget is $12,000 ​for each site ​and is inclusive of ALL fees. Due to the proximity of these facing sites, ​artists and/or artist teams may apply for either one or both​ sites. Submissions are open to all artists or designers working individually or as teams. Each site is considered its own award and must clearly be defined as such in the proposal. If applying for both sites, artist must address relationship between the two pieces in their proposal.

To see the full details on scale and scope of work, please visit​. To apply or if you have any questions about this project, email Public Arts Midland at​. Design proposals are due February 1, 2021. Announcement of winner will be no later than April 1, 2021​. All dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic.