"Grand Mural Idea" Contest to Award $8,500 in Prize Money

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Grand Central at Milam will be a 15,000 square-foot multi-faceted public market and community center. We are looking for local ARTISTS!

 

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Pablo Picasso

 

This quote speaks to us because we hope our new development, Grand Central at Milam also helps people wash away their stresses, pressures, and troubles. Our vision will manifest itself in a village market featuring a generous outdoor gathering space, complete with a stage, firepit, playground area, and more. We envision a place where locals and visitors alike experience authentic tastes of Fredericksburg - literally and figuratively.

 

To complete this vision, we want the color and flair of local artists. As such, we are hosting a contest called the Grand Mural Idea with $8,500 in prize money. We want our contestants' efforts to be noticed and appreciated, so read on for details.

 

Prizes:

  • First place receives $5,000 and will install their mural on a designated outdoor area within Grand Central at Milam.

  • Second place receives $2,500.

  • Third place receives $1,000.

  • Additionally, every applicant becomes an automatic candidate to have their art displayed for sale along the inside walls of Grand Central at Milam, free of charge.  

 

We love the idea of recognizing young talent that may not yet be discovered, or help an existing artist translate their talents in new or unexpected ways. Our hope is that the designs honor the Fredericksburg area and Hill Country spirit in an energetic, colorful and original way.

 

Entry and Prizes:

Entries are due by October 1, 2021. Winners will be announced in mid-October with installation to be completed by the selected artist by March 1, 2022. Second and third place winners will receive their prize money no later than December 1, 2021. The first-place winner will receive $2,000 no later than December 1, 2021, and the remaining $3,000 after the mural installation is complete. First, second, and third place winners will also be invited to attend the Grand Opening celebration and receive ceremonial checks at that time, along with our public praise, likely in the first quarter of 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are you looking for in the winning concept?

A: A design that honors the Fredericksburg area and Hill Country spirit in an energetic, colorful and original way. Our hope is that this becomes an iconic backdrop where people will want to take photos of themselves, their friends and families. Additionally, we don’t want installation to be too cumbersome, so likely nothing too complicated. And, think Instagram-worthy!

 

Q: What do you mean by a design that honors the area?

A: We don’t want to limit your creativity in any way. That said, think: what is the Fredericksburg area known for? Why do you like living here? Why do others like visiting here? What objects, symbols and/or phrases reflect that? Again, we lean towards nothing too complicated, but we hope reflecting on these questions help. And if you need inspiration, we’re big fans of most of the murals at this link (we just don’t want anything political or too complex).

 

Q: Will the winner paint their design within Grand Central at Milam project?

A: Yes! And we hope the person/team is excited to do so! The winner receives $5,000, plus we’ll cover the cost of any needed supplies and materials, as we want the winner to pocket the entirety of the prize money. Our team can also provide a lending hand to the installation process, if desired. You may prefer others keep their hands off, and that’s ok too.

 

Q: When will the winners receive their prize money?

A: Second and third place winners will receive their prize money no later than December 1, 2021. That said, we hope all winners will be able to attend our Grand Opening celebration, where we will invite the winners on stage, compliment their work and present them with ceremonial checks. A date has yet to be determined for that celebration, but we will keep everyone posted. The first-place winner will receive $2,000 no later than December 1, 2021, and the remaining $3,000 after the mural installation is complete. 

 

Q: When will the 1st place winner need to complete the mural?

A: The first-place winner must complete the mural installation by March 1, 2022, in time for our Grand Opening celebration. We also hope all winners will be able to attend the event, which is when ceremonial checks will be presented. A date has yet to be determined for that celebration, but we will keep everyone posted.

 

Q: What if I’m not interested in the contest, but am interested in selling my art in Grand Central at Milam?

A: That’s cool. Please just mention that in the write-up you provide.

 

Q: What if I’m only interested in the contest, but not selling my art in Grand Central at Milam?

A: That’s also cool. Artists that are extended an offer to sell their work within our project may certainly decline our invitation.

 

Q: How will selling artwork at Grand Central at Milam work?

A: We intend to create spaces within our walls where artwork can be hung. A card will be placed underneath each work, where artists note the price for their piece, and how a person can pay for it (i.e. Venmo, PayPal, etc.). The art may remain until it is sold or for a period of six months. We won’t be involved in the transaction in any way, as we want each artist to maximize their profit margin.

 

Q: What if I live outside the 50-mile radius of Fredericksburg?

A: We’d love to consider your art to be hung for sale in our walls, but we’re so sorry, the only eligible contest participants are people that live within that radius. Our goal is to help shine a spotlight on talent in the immediate vicinity.