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39 South Main Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44074

Phone: (440) 774-7158
Fax: (440) 775-1107

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Outdoor Community Mural Project

Issued By: Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA)
Funded By: The City of Oberlin
Project Location: Blue Rooster Bakery, Oberlin, OH


FAVA, in collaboration with the City of Oberlin, is seeking proposals from experienced mural artists to create a community and family-friendly outdoor mural on the textured concrete wall of the north-facing alley wall of the Blue Rooster Bakery. This project aims to enhance the visual appeal of the area and foster a sense of community through public art.

Project Details

  • Location: Blue Rooster Bakery, Oberlin, OH
  • Wall Specifications: Textured concrete, up to 18 feet long by 13 feet high
  • Theme: Community and family-friendly designs
  • Materials: All materials should be weather-resistant and suitable for long-term outdoor exposure

Project Timeline

  • RFP Issued: July 10, 2024
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: August 7, 2024
  • Selection of Artist: August 14, 2024
  • Project Commencement: No later than September 1, 2024 (artists may start immediately upon selection)
  • Project Completion: No later than September 30, 2024

Proposal Requirements

Artists interested in this project should submit a proposal that includes the following:

  • Artist Information:
    • Name, address, phone number, and email address
    • Brief biography and artist statement
    • Experience with outdoor murals, highlighting relevant projects
  • Design Concept: A detailed description of the proposed mural design
    • Visual sketches or digital renderings of the proposed mural
  • Portfolio:
    • Photos and descriptions of at least two completed outdoor mural projects
    • References from previous clients or project sponsors
  • Budget:
    • Itemized cost breakdown, including materials, labor, wall preparation (priming), and sealant application
    • Total price for the completed mural
  • Timeline:
    • Estimated start and completion dates
    • Detailed project schedule

Please upload photos/sketches/files here-- change file names to include your name (for example: kathleen_jacksonbio).

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit and relevance to the community/family-friendly theme
  • Experience and qualifications of the artist
  • Feasibility and clarity of the proposed budget and timeline
  • References and portfolio of previous work
  • Overall impact and sustainability of the mural

Submission Instructions

Please submit your proposal by August 7, 2024 via this form on our website and upload photos via Dropbox here.

Design Jury Process

The submitted designs will be reviewed by a jury composed of community members, art professionals, and representatives from FAVA. The jury will evaluate the proposals based on the aforementioned criteria to select the most suitable design for this project.

Maintenance Plan

A detailed maintenance plan and instructions will be requested from the chosen muralist to ensure the longevity and preservation of the mural.

Contact Information

For any questions or if you need assistance with the online form or photo uploads, please contact:

Kathleen Jackson
Executive Director

Phone: 440-774-7158

We look forward to seeing your creative proposals and working together to bring this vibrant mural to life in Oberlin.

Note: The selected artist will be required to sign a contract with FAVA, detailing the terms and conditions of the project, including intellectual property rights, insurance requirements, and other relevant agreements.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the cultural and artistic landscape of Oberlin!


Kathleen Jackson
Executive Director
Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA)

39 South Main Street

Oberlin, Ohio 44074


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At FAVA, we are always seeking to expand our visual art offerings. Our instructors have varied backgrounds in art and education. We welcome you to submit your proposals with creativity in mind. Classes need to have sufficient enrollment to cover instructor fees and supplies. Adult class participants are generally expected to bring their own supplies, so providing a detailed list of supplies is helpful. Except under special cases, we suggest limiting classes to eight sessions or fewer at an hour and a half each. We also encourage offering shorter one or two-day workshops. Instructors are paid an hourly rate. We are currently accepting proposals on a rolling basis. Online course offerings will also be accepted. Please email with any questions.

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