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In partnership with Longmont Power & Communications, Longmont Art in Public Places is seeking to commission 5-7 artist/artist teams to visually transform selected dull electric boxes into dynamic works of art. Scale models will be on display - for the Longmont community to vote for their favorite and choose the finalists. Art in Public Places committee members will select electric boxes in various locations around the City of Longmont and selected artists and artist teams will be commissioned to complete the painting in Summer 2020!

2020 Shock Art Call to Artists

For artists to apply:

  1. Download submission form and complete it
  2. Print the form out
  3. Deliver the form with your Shock Art designed scale model. The scale model should be 11"L x 10"W x 7.25"H and delivered at one of the below locations.

Submission locations and times:

  • Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80501. Each day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; evening drop-off available on Thursdays until 8 p.m.
  • Longmont Downtown District Authority, 320 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shock Art?

Shock Art is a collaboration between Art in Public Places and Longmont Power & Communications that brings color and creativity to the (otherwise dull green) boxes. Selected artists are required to complete a city agreement, attend an in-person orientation and are awarded $2,000 for completed Shock Art boxes.

What if I'm an artist and want to paint?

The Call to Artists is typically posted each Spring. If you'd like to be added to the mailing list to be notified of this, as well as other upcoming projects, please send email to

How do I get a box painted in my neighborhood?

The AIPP Commission accepts submission for switchgear boxes all year long. At this time, we are only painting the square ones that are approximately 65" square that you currently see around town. That could change in the future as long as the owners of the boxes are willing to collaborate with us.

How do I get to paint a switchgear box?

Each Spring, AIPP puts out a call to artists, requesting artists' designs on a small scaled model. Those submissions are displayed in various locations around Longmont for the public to cast their votes for their favorite. The Art in Public Places Commission has final say on the selected winners.

Artist eligibility

The project is open to all artists nationwide (and/or artist teams), regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental challenges. All participating artists must attend an in-person orientation prior to painting and are required to complete an agreement with the City of Longmont.

Selection process

Artists wishing to participate simply complete the submission form and deliver with a 11”L x 10”W x 7.25”H painted scale model to one of the drop off locations no later than April 19, 2020, at 4 p.m.!

A number of voting stations will be posted around town for community input. Additionally, the models will be on display in Downtown Longmont for live voting events. Details for the voting locations and events will be sent to all artist applicants.

Community votes will be counted by the Art in Public Places committee and artists will be notified of the selected works in late spring.

How do I get a box painted in my neighborhood?

The AIPP Commission accepts submission for switchgear boxes all year long. At this time, we are only painting the square ones that are approximately 65" square that you currently see around town.

History of Shock Art

Taking the lead of our successors to the North, the AIPP Commission opted in 2010 to allocate funds to enhancing the switchgear boxes throughout Longmont, in collaboration with Longmont Power & Communications.

AIPP invited local artists to submit their designs on scaled down boxes, and we invited the community to vote for their favorite, ultimately, selecting the winning designs. AIPP then commissions the artists to paint their design on pre-selected boxes. Be sure to visit each of the dozens boxes that have been painted around town! And, if you are an artist and would like to be added to our mailing list to be informed of upcoming opportunities, email

2019 Shock Art Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 winners:

  • Jennifer McDuffie, "Colorado Night Skies"
  • Salowa Salzar, "Twilight Dancers"
  • Mario Jose Olvera, "Beaded"
  • Jan Burch, "Leaping Lizards"
  • Joyanna Fittings, "Amor a la Rosa"
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