Call for Artists: Make your art a part of Manchester’s Cityscape  

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Artist Nancy Welsh puts the finishing touches on her public art project on Elm Street, entitled, “Reasons for Seasons,” in June of 2014 transforming a rusted utility box into something special.

MANCHESTER, NH – Studio 550 Art Center is looking for artists to submit designs for the third round of the “Think Outside the Box” Public Art Project.  The Think Outside the Box Project was started in Manchester in 2014, and was inspired by projects of a similar design in other cities. Over the years it has transformed eight traffic signal boxes in downtown into public art. This project is organized by Studio 550 Art Center, with the support of the City of Manchester and InTown Manchester.    

The goals of the program are to beautify the city by infusing art, color, and creativity into the urban landscape, to deter graffiti, and to highlight and celebrate local artists. 

Before and after: Nancy Welsh transformed the rusted utility box on Elm Street  into art.

Artist benefits include a $400 stipend for materials and time, ongoing marketing and publicity, and a unique opportunity to make their artwork a part of the Manchester Cityscape.   This call is open to any artist, group, school, hobbyist, professional, or institution living or located in NH. 

The deadline for submissions is June 17, 2019. 

There is no cost to submit designs. However, a fully completed application is required for jurors to review, so they can make an informed decision.  After the jury makes their selection, the artists will paint their boxes from July until September, and the boxes should be finished by Fall 2019.  

Interested artists can find more information and the full application on the Studio 550 website: