The City of Portland Police Department and the Portland Public Art Committee, in conjunction with generous donations from NBT Bank and Port Property Management, announced an open call for artists back in June to submit their proposed designs for enhancing public utility boxes throughout the city.
Five artists were chosen for the projects, they include:
* Kerrin Parkinson - Congress Square Park - Work began 8-4-16
* Jared Goulette - Cumberland and High Street - Work to start 8-15-16
* Katey Carnahan - Cumberland and Franklin Street - Work began 8-9-16
* Alicia Uth - Woodfords Street and Stevens Ave - Start date TBA
* Michael Lewis - Middle and Pearl Street - Work to start 8-16-16
An artists panel reviewed submissions from 12 artists. The artwork is intended to beautify the urban landscape, increase civic participation, and support the local arts community. The project mirrors similar efforts in cities around the country from Burbank to Boston, which have also been shown to reduce litter, deter graffiti, and increase interest in the area of the utility box locations.
The selected artists received a $300 stipend from funds donated to the Portland Public Art Committee. Artists are responsible for the cost of all materials required to complete and protect their artwork with a clear and washable sealant.