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Pelham Art Center Announces Open Call For Submissions for Community Mural

High School students are invited to submit entries to the Teen Artist Council’s Mural Project from now through April 10th

The Pelham Art Center’s Teen Artist Council announces an open call for high school students to submit entries to an exciting new Mural Project, which will occupy the wall of Sweet Lincoln ice cream shop at the corner of Pelham’s 5th Avenue and Lincoln. 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 22nd, and a winner will be announced on Saturday, May 6 with an Artist Talk. Pelham Art Center has engaged a professional muralist to work with the winner(s) on their creation. The estimated window for painting to be complete is June 2-11. 

Guidelines for submissions are as follows:

General Guidelines

  • Participants must be high school students 
  • Design should be Happy, uplifting, inspiring and colorful 
  • Universal appeal – connecting all communities and bordering towns
  • Colors should be complimentary with the exterior colors of the building structure.
  • Participants are allowed to collaborate with one another
  • Entries should be a high resolution photograph and/or scan of a physical artwork.
  • Entries should be proportionate to the wall dimensions
  • Design should be able to be executed in two weekends
  • $1500 worth of stipends will be awarded to Finalists and participants executing the mural
  • Participants of the open call should able and willing to participate in the mural painting process

Site Details 

  • Sweet Lincoln: 232 Fifth Ave, Pelham, NY 10803
  • 40 ft wide, 9ft on the left, 11ft on the right
  • Wall features two built in windows (this can be incorporated in design)

Submission Details

  • Artists should provide a short paragraph describing their design 
  • All submissions must be sent in PDF form to [email protected]
  • Subject line: “TAC Mural Design NAME”
  • All submissions are welcome but a gridded template is provided to ensure accurate proportions 

Please contact Fiona Agababian at [email protected] with any questions about the Teen Artist Council, or submissions to the Mural project. 



Pelham Art Center accepts proposals to be considered for group exhibitions in our gallery, and solo and group exhibition proposal are accepted as part of our Public Art initiatives: PAC Courtyard and Wolfs Lane Park. See more information below

Guest Curator Application Process

Applications for Guest Curators are reviewed on an annual basis and kept on file for up to 2 years.

Selected Curators will be expected to work independently and be self motivated in developing their proposals.   Curators will have access to the team at Pelham Art Center and support from volunteers if requested.  

All resources and equipment in the gallery will be made available for the curator including but not limited to the following; 

  • Marketing & Graphics.
  • Website and social Media representation and assistance.
  • Installation with a professional art installer as well as de-installation assistance 
  • Support on logistics and theme from Pelham Gallery staff  
  • Opening Reception and additional public program

The curator’s role can be described as follows:

  • To develop and communicate the concept for an art presentation and conceptualize the manner in which this art can be presented to the public;
  • To be a liaison between the Pelham Art Center and the artist(s),  making sure the needs and requirements of artists and the institution are met
  • Curators will follow up with artists to ensure that the artists’ work is in line with the vision of the exhibition’s theme or mission.

What we are looking for.

  • Curatorial Ideas that show relevant, cultural significance 
  • Feasibility of the show based on budgetary and time constraints and gallery space.  (See Floor Plan)
  • All curated show themes and participating work are contingent upon Gallery Advisory Committee approval.  The gallery space is an entrance to studio space shared by children and adults and the exhibit must be suitable for a wide range of viewers. 

To submit a proposal, email [email protected]

Subject line: “Curatorial Submission  NAME  Month/Year”

Provide the following info in a single, multi-page pdf: 

Make sure your letter includes:

  • A short Curator proposal (150-300 words)
  • Contact Information 
  • Information on the proposed work or the scale of the project.
  • Information on proposed participating artists including artist bios and images for each artist showing style and subject in which artist typically works. 

Stipends will be available for the Guest Curator and participating Artists.  Amounts will depend on availability of Grant funding

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