Open Wall Call: Shine Mural Fest Seeks Local Artist Submissions

The countdown to SHINE Mural Festival begins. From October 5-14 our already vibrant city will further transform into an open-air, 24/7 art gallery. Before the festivities begin, SHINE has a few more muralist slots to fill.

On August 8, event organizers released an official call for local artist submissions. This is a chance for one Burg painter or a full art team to showcase their talents on a grand scale.

Chance for St. Pete artist(s) to shine

The opportunity is specific to local artists living and/or working in St. Petersburg. The artist or art team will be selected based upon quality of work, scope of work, and type of work among the diverse styles of SHINE.

To qualify, the artist or team of artists must:

  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Live or work in the greater St. Pete area.
  • Adhere to all contractual obligations and adhere to the project guidelines and timeline.

The submission deadline is August 25. The fee for the selected artist/team is $1,000; supply and installation expenses related to the project must be authorized in advance and will be paid by the St. Pete Arts Alliance.

Open Call Specs

Submissions judged on visual impact, experience and execution

Submissions will be judged by the caliber of the work presented and its effective execution, the artist’s experience working within the program guidelines, visual impact on pedestrian traffic and appropriateness of content. In addition to supplying the sketch or rendering of mural submission, artists/art teams are asked to supply 3 samples of previous work.

The project wall is located downtown, though a specific address is not listed, and measures 19 ft wide and 12 ft tall.

See full submission guidelines and details on SHINE’s website.

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*The header image features a mural painted by Caratoes at Bright Wood Works, Inc, 2125 1st Avenue South. 

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: