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Opportunity: 2021 Utility Box Art Wraps

Aritistic Discipline: Visual

Call to artists: Spokane Utility Box Art Wraps

A program of Spokane Arts in partnership with STCU and the City of Spokane.

Submission Deadline: 5/17/2021/ 11:59 p.m. Apply here. 

Spokane Arts is seeking designs created by area artists to cover traffic signal and utility boxes throughout the city of Spokane. Selected artist designs will be printed on vinyl and wrapped around the boxes by a third party design fabricator. The intent of the project is to beautify the utility boxes, bringing art to otherwise utilitarian surfaces and giving artists an opportunity to develop public art experience. Up to 15 artists will be chosen for this round of art wraps.

Selected artists will be awarded $350 per box design. Artists can submit up to 4 designs.

Signal box locations will be located throughout the city of Spokane and are to be installed in 2021.



This call is open for artists living in the Inland Northwest region, including Eastern and Central Washington and North Idaho.

Submitted designs must be original works of the artist and in compliance with all existing copyright laws. Because of the public nature, artwork may not contain advertising, religious art, sexual, violent or other content unsuitable for all ages and cannot convey political partisanship.

Our committee will not be reviewing concepts for the signal box art. Please submit a finalized artwork.

Submission Requirements

Submit your original artwork formatted into the provided utility box template via SmarterSelect by May 17, 2021. Application link here:

If you have any questions about how to use the provided templates or how to create, save, or share your artwork files, please email at least 48 hours before the submission deadline.

Submission Checklist:

Step 1.
Original artwork must be a high-resolution digital file due to enlarging process for printing.Original photography and digital artwork are welcome. Artists using non-digital mediums must scan or photograph original artwork to create a high-resolution digital image.
Ensure your original artwork is either a vector file or a high-resolution image. 300 dpi minimum and created to the actual size to wrap the utility boxes: 143 inches x 56 inches.

Step 2.

Download the provided template (available in three file types):

Step 3.

Format your artwork in the provided template.

Layer your design underneath the rectangles, which represent the panels of the utility box, in the template using one of the following:

  • Illustrator
    • Click “View” > “Layers” 
    • Find “Layers” in the right toolbar
    • Add your design to the layer titled “Your Design.”
  • PDF
    • Click “View” >  “Show/Hide” > “Navigation Panes” >  “Layers”
    • Find “Layers” in the left toolbar
    • Add your design to the layer titled “Your Design.”
  • PNG
    • Import the PNG template and place over your artwork and save as a PDF to submit your application

Ensure your design fills the entire space to the pink bleed lines. Name your file in the following format: Lastname_Firstname_1.pdf (If submitting more than one design, number each file Lastname_Firstname_2.pdf, _3, etc.)

Step 4.

Save two PDF versions of your design in the template.

  • Save a small PDF version which you will be submitting for this application.
    • No larger than 20 MB
  • Save a large PDF version that is print ready. If you are selected, we will request this file.

Step 5.

Submit the small PDF file in your SmarterSelect application by May 17, 2021.

You can submit up to four designs in one application! Only one application per artist.



Eligibility: This call is open for artists living in the Inland Northwest region, including Eastern and Central Washington and North Idaho.
Point of Contact: Mika Maloney, Spokane Arts Program Manager
Contact Email:
Expires: May 17, 2021