The Ballard Alliance and the Ballard Public Art Committee are working together to incorporate more public art to the streets of Ballard through the Community Mural Project. By transforming blank walls into colorful artistic landscapes, we can create a more interesting pedestrian experience, promote community identity, and deter graffiti. We are looking for an artist who will create a 5’3” high by 60’ long maritime industrial-inspired mural that is representative of the Ballard community.

In partnership with Western Towboat, the Ballard Alliance and Ballard Public Art Community are dedicated to bringing a maritime industrial inspired mural to the community.

The goal of this project is to foster community in a growing neighborhood, bringing residents, businesses, and visitors together through art. This mural will be representative of the community of Ballard and will be located on a building space TBD. This project is being funded by Western Towboat, a long-time family-owned tug boat company who is omnipresent throughout the waterways in and around Ballard. This unique partnership should be considered in the final design of the mural. Aspects to consider incorporating into the mural include the iconic blue and yellow Western Towboats of Ballard, and the industrial nature and maritime history of Ballard.


RFQ release: March 25th, 2019
Deadline for submittal: April 8th, 2019
Artist notifications: April 22nd, 2019
Artist meets with Team for visioning process: April 25th, 2019
Artist meets with Team for fine tuning: May 2nd, 2019
Deadline for final design provided to team: May 6th, 2019
Painting Begins: May 13th, 2019 (weather permitting)

INQUIRY CONTACT – All inquiries must be directed to our Point of Contact. All external communications will be managed through this Point of Contact:
Name: Gustavo O’Connell
Title/Role: Project Manager

This is an open competitive process. The RFQ outlines the process and conditions that apply. To submit your application for consideration, include the following items in one pdf document:
• A cover sheet with your name, phone number, email address, and website (if applicable)
• A resume that includes your exhibition history, past projects, and/or experience with cooperative community-driven projects (max 2 pages)
• A minimum of three examples of previous work with brief descriptions
• A statement of interest including your vision for the mural designs
• Your artist commission fees for the entire project

• Artistic quality exemplified in previous work
• Ability to think and work in a scale appropriate for outdoor public artwork
• Ability to convey through design, various important aspects and cultural elements representative of the Ballard neighborhood and Western Towboat
• Ability and willingness to create mural designs according to the community and business owner’s needs given the project budget

Please email PDF submissions to our point of contact: Gustavo O’Connell-

Submittals by mail accepted if postmarked by April 8th, 2019 sent to the following address:
Ballard Alliance C/O Gustavo O’Connell – Ballard Public Art Committee 5306 Ballard Avenue Suite #216 Seattle, WA 98107

Please print submittals double-sided and minimize the use of non-recyclable materials

Download the RFQ PDF here