The Arts Commission Announces Mural Project in Downtown Toledo Tunnels

Eye On Art  |  03/21/2020 9:00 am

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Public Places Program is soliciting qualifications from artists who specialize in producing largescale murals to beautify sections of the Downtown Toledo tunnel system.

The Art in Public Places committee will select up to two artists to paint murals within the tunnels to create an engaging experience for pedestrians walking to and from the Vistula Parking Garage into One Seagate and to and from the lower entrance of the Imagination Station.


All interested artists with significant experience in producing large-scale murals are eligible to submit an application, along with examples of past work, to this open call.

Selected artist(s) will be expected to execute the following tasks:

• Complete one (1) conceptual design, and once approved, submit one (1) final design.

• Paint a mural at a designated location within the Tunnel.


The City of Toledo One Percent for Art budget for Phase 1 is $25,000. The budget includes all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: travel, materials, documentation, transportation and installation of the work. Phase 2 will be fully funded by 2021.


The project is open to all artists residing in the United States, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.


• March 17, 2020 RFQ Direct Call Launched

• April 17, 2020 Deadline for Submission of Qualifications

• April 23, 2020 Start RFQ Review

• April 29, 2020 Finalists Notified

• May 27, 2020 Start of Site Visits

• July 1, 2020 Proposals Due, Finalist Presentations Start

• July 8, 2020 Winner is Announced / Commission Awarded

• August 10, 2020 Final Designs Due

• September 10, 2020 Installation Begins (Details TBD)



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This project is funded by The City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art Program

The Arts Commission is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio, founded in 1959, administering the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art Program since 1977. The Arts Commission is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council.