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"Let it Bee" Tif Choate; 6th Avenue alley (between Main & Coffman) 2017

2018 Shock Art Call to Artists

Deadline for submission: May 9, 2018; 4 pm
Submissions must be turned in at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road

The Art in Public Places Commission is thrilled to announce the call to Artists for Shock Art 2018! Shock Art is a community public art project that started in 2011 that enhances the switchgear boxes throughout the City of Longmont.

Scope of Project

In 2011, Longmont’s Art in Public Places initiated Shock Art, a community public art project in which five creative designs were selected by community members to be transformed from maquette (scaled down model) onto switchgear boxes throughout the City. Every year since this time, AIPP has commissioned up to seven artists to paint the switchgear boxes, bringing current (2018) numbers to 42. Can you find them all?

Project Description

The Art in Public Places Commission will select five switchgear boxes to paint in 2018. Each of the five boxes will be painted by a different artist or team of artists.


We encourage local artists to apply for this project, though artists from anywhere eligible to submit a design and to win. Winning artists must be able to attend a 3-4 hour orientation (date in July TBD) as well as complete the project within the timeframe of the contract. No additional funds are available for travel or for accommodations.


No spray-painting is allowed during any portion of the project. These boxes host live electrical wires and any spray paint could pose a danger. The boxes are 67"W x 61"D x 44" (H) (see image below). Each has several stickers that must remain visible for safety purposes, as these are active “live” boxes. If artists paint over the numbers, replacement stickers will be placed over the artwork to remain visible at all times. No additional elements may be adhered to the switchgear boxes.

Switchgear box locations will be announced at the time design selections are made (mid June).

Art in Public Places encourages the artist(s) to cover each of the five sides of the switchgear box, including the entire “top.” We recommend minimal effort go into the “top” design, as it is the least visibile on the live box. This will be conveyed to the voters when they are viewing the submissions. Designs should be “busy” as a deterrent for others to paint over the original artwork.

There is no design theme in 2018.

All designs must be appropriate, timeless, unique, and of original design, and must not have any political or religious connotations, symbolism, or verbiage.

All winners will be required to attend an orientation session prior to commencing work on switchgear boxes. AIPP will assign each artist to a specific switch gear box.

Artists are asked to use high-quality acrylic paints. No additional adhesives are permissible (e.g., no tape, stickers, or other adhesives or embellishments can be adhered to the boxes). Details and recommendations of materials will be provided to the artists at the orientation meeting.

Submission Requirements

Artists must submit a three-dimensional (3-D) 11” x 10” x 7.25” box as their proposal. Boxes may be up to 2” within these specs. Please submit your design on a material that will hold up to three weeks being on display and moved at least twice during that time (we request that no one touch the boxes, though we can not control it if they do). All five sides of the box must be painted/colored as it will be selected and replicated on the actual switchgear box. All submission boxes must have artist’s name, title of design, email, and phone number clearly written on the bottom or on the inside. Submissions that fail to include such information will be disqualified. In addition, please submit the following, either by email or hard copy/CD:

1. Name of artist(s)

2. Contact info, including mailing address, email, and phone number

3. Five images of past artwork or related projects.

4. Three contacts/references of people with whom you have worked in the past five years.

5. Title of proposed artwork


March 2018 – Call to artists.

May 9, 2018 – All submissions due at the Longmont Museum (400 Quail Road) by 4 pm

May 19 – June 13 – All submissions on display for voting (location TBD)

June 22, 2018 – Winners will be notified

July – Contract negotiations with artists; artists’ orientation(s)

August 15 – October 15 – Artists paint


Five artists/teams of artists will be awarded a contract of $1,600 for each box/design. This amount will include all supplies and materials (except primer and sealer) and any travel expenses incurred as well as a stipend for the artist(s). AIPP will provide the primed and prepped switchgear boxes, and sealant materials once artwork is completed. Artists will receive a portion of the $1,600 up front to cover materials, and a final payment upon completion of the project and once all terms of the contract have been fulfilled. The artists will be required to seal their own box, in coordination with the AIPP Administrator, and sealant will be supplied.

Selection Process

With the great response that we have seen from the Longmont community, we will once again put it out to vote. Details on the dates and times of voting and locations will be posted in early May. Artists may encourage their friends, family, and neighbors to vote at various voting locations. Final selection and location assignments will be approved by the Art in Public Places Commission.


  • Any practicing visual artist may apply. Artist must be willing to travel to and from selected site to complete the work
  • Each artist may only submit one (1) box design
  • All five sides of the submitted artwork must be colored/painted to be considered
  • Artists will have up to two months to complete the work
  • All submission materials must be received at the Longmont Museum by May 9 at 4pm
  • All Artists will be notified of winners by July 1. Submissions that are not selected will be held for pick up until August 1. After August 1, all remaining submissions become the property of Art in Public Places and may be destroyed.
  • Any/all questions can be sent to the AIPP Administrator or call 303-651-8924.

All submissions must be received at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, Colorado 80501 before 4 pm on May 9, 2018. Please check the Museum’s website or call to confirm open hours. 303-651-8374.


  • Can my box size deviate from the specified size? As long as each side is within 2 ”of specified dimensions.
  • Can I submit two designs? No
  • Can I use words? Yes. But nothing religious, political or “inappropriate.” Email me if you have specific questions.
  • Will I receive credit? Yes – We will affix labels once all are completed.
  • When can I start? If you are selected as a winner, and if you want to be paid for it, your contract will provide all of the details, but general paint dates are August 15 – October 15.
  • What should I make the model out of? Whatever you want. It will be touched and transported, though. Plan accordingly.
  • Can I have an extension? Really? Are you asking already? Then probably not.
  • Which boxes are eligible to be painted? This will be decided by the commission in June when the designs are selected

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