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Activate the Alley pARTnership Project


In honor of water street studios’ 10 year anniversary….

Water Street Studios is partnering 10 local artists with 10 nonprofits to create outdoor, public art murals that illustrate the programs and services that the participating nonprofits offer back to the community. These murals will be on display in the alley leading up to the entrance of Water Street Studios. See image above.

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Each mural will be created on 3 foot by 4 foot canvas. The participating nonprofits own the original mural and can use it for whatever purposes they see fit (i.e. auction at upcoming gala, display on site, gift to a major donor, etc). Water Street Studios will create a digital replication of the original artwork and that replication will be displayed in the alleyway leading up to the entrance of Water Street Studios.

The goal of this project is to create an outdoor resource gallery for our community to learn more about leading causes and services in our community while improving the streetscape and public safety on Water Street in downtown Batavia, Illinois.

This project is generously supported by the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley


call for artists

Water Street Studios invites artists to use their skills, passion and efforts to support important causes that are directly impacting our community while getting paid for their work.

Interested artists, please follow the guidelines below and make a difference in your community today by using the arts as a tool to further personal, professional, academic, and economic growth for those in our community in honor of Water Street Studios’ 10 Year Anniversary.

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2019

Call Summary: Water Street Studios (WSS) will partner Illinois artists with 10 local non-profits to create outdoor public art murals that illustrate the programs and services that the non-profit offers back to the community. These murals will be on display in the alley leading up to the entrance of Water Street Studios.

Budget Description: $1,000 stipend to the artist, canvas provided by WSS, artist’s tools and paint to be provided by the artist.

Project Description: Artists will submit work to be juried by WSS and then chosen by partner non-profits to create 3’x4’ vertical murals for our alley space. Final mural creation deadlines are contingent on the non-profit partners’ reveal event dates and will happen throughout the end of 2019 into 2020. Final original canvas mural painting will become the property of the non-profit partner. Digital vinyl replications will be hung in the outdoor alley space at WSS. Digital files of the final work will be used at the participating non-profit’s discretion.

Eligibility: All artists living in Illinois can submit. Must be willing and able to meet with the non-profit pARTner, once chosen. Artists must be at least 18 years old to be considered.

Application Requirements & Submission Instructions: Artist must submit 1-3 piece portfolio in .png digital format of 2D artwork (only 2D artwork will be considered), along with application completion, including entry fee and one-page bio/resume. No Artist Statement is needed, however if there is a cause you are particularly interested in supporting, please include with the Bio/Resume. Entry fee is waived for WSS Artist Members. For non-WSS Artist Members, please include a $25 non-refundable entry fee.
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Selection Process & Criteria: Artists will be selected by jury and then presented to non-profit partners for pairing. Final works to be completed on 3 foot by 4 foot (vertical) canvas, according to non-profit specifications, illustrating the programs and services provided by the non-profit partner. A digital vinyl replica will be presented at Reveal Date Events to be scheduled by Non-Profit Partners, hosted by WSS over several months from late 2019-2020.

Selection Timeline:

July 15, 2019 – Submission

August 2, 2019 - Jurying & Donor Selection Completed

September 13, 2019 – 10th Anniversary Show

Deadline for finished mural contingent on Donor Partnership Reveal Date

Contact Information:
Water Street Studios
160 S. Water Street, Batavia, IL 60510

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We look forward to your submission. Thank you.

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