Bus Shelter Art Contest
2022 Call for Artwork
With a renewed sponsorship from the Arts in Public Places Commission, Greenlink plans to install six new murals in six new shelters across the City of Greenville. These six new additions will bring the total to 15 murals installed in Greenlink bus stop shelters.
High school students are encouraged to submit their artwork for review by 3 p.m., Friday, April 1, 2022.
The contest is open to all high school students enrolled in grades 9-12. Artists must reside in Greenville County or attend school in Greenville County. Each artist is limited to one submission.
Artwork proposals for consideration must be submitted online by Friday, April 1, 2022, at 3 p.m. Questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All artwork should be inspired by the theme, #YeahOurGreenville, and should meet the following print-ready specifications:
- Parental/guardian endorsement, agreement and consent must accompany submissions from minors
- Artwork should be designed to last at least one year and any design element that would make the artwork outdated should be avoided
- Artwork must be appropriate for the general public
- Artwork must be original, handcrafted work, designed and produced by the artist
- Artwork containing images or other references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, violence, memes, religion or previously copyrighted or trademarked content will not be considered
- Artwork containing commercial messaging, sponsors, business names or logos will not be considered
A selection committee consisting of representatives from the Greenville Transit Authority, the City of Greenville Youth Commission and the City of Greenville Arts in Public Places Commission will review the artwork and select winners without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, national origin, age, gender or sex.
No prior professional art experience is required. Submissions will be judged based on representation of the theme, originality/creativity, appropriateness and quality.
The winning artwork will be installed in the bus shelters at no cost to the artists. The artists will be featured on the City of Greenville and Greenlink websites, social media pages, newsletters and more.
The Greenville Transit Authority, Greenlink and the City of Greenville reserve the right to photograph accepted artwork for purposes related to this initiative and future exhibitions. Artists must sign a release granting permission for photographs of their artwork to be used on websites, social media and other promotional materials.
The artwork will be open to the elements (i.e. weather damage, graffiti, vandalism) and any permanent damage to the artwork may result in its early removal.
- Since artwork submitted for the contest must be original, what qualifies as art plagiarism or a violation of another artist’s intellectual property rights?
Art plagiarism refers to taking someone else's artwork or design and claiming it as your own. This includes tracing, reproducing, replicating or redrawing someone else’s artwork (in part or in whole), copying stylistic design choices and using someone else’s ideas as a direct source for content. Plagiarism occurs when tweaking or altering original details is not enough to make a piece unique from the original. To avoid plagiarism, you should consider seeking inspiration from multiple artists and works of art. If you feel uncomfortable sharing details about the art or the artist who influenced your piece or have concerns about how your work resembles someone else’s, it may be a sign that you have plagiarized another artist.
- For photographers, how do intellectual property rights apply to the subject matter in a photo?
It is generally understood that photographers are not trying to pass off the three-dimensional subjects in their photos as products of their own creation; however, you should consider taking the photo from a unique vantage point or capturing the subject matter in a unique way. If a photo contains two-dimensional artwork (e.g., paintings, drawings, photos) that is copyrighted, but the artwork is not the sole subject of the photo, it would be considered ancillary.
- Can artwork created by more than one student be submitted for the contest?
Yes, artwork created by more than one student can be submitted as long as all of the participants receive credit for their involvement. Greenlink will require a submission form from each student who worked on the piece.
- How are the submissions judged?
A jury consisting of members of the Arts in Public Places Commission, the Youth Commission and the Greenville Transit Authority will review all submissions and assign scores of 0 - 25 for each of the categories listed below:
- Quality - the judges will evaluate artistic elements such as the use of color, the composition’s patterns and symmetry and the proportion of subjects in the artwork, as well as the skills and techniques showcased by the artist.
- Originality and Creativity - the judges will evaluate the uniqueness of the artwork.
- Representation of Theme - the judges will evaluate the artist’s use of the theme, #YeahOurGreenville, in telling a story or making a statement.
- Appropriateness - the judges will evaluate the nature of the images and/or content to determine if the artwork would be offensive to a community member of average sensitivity or inappropriate for viewing by minors.
The submissions that receive the highest scores overall will be installed inside the Greenlink bus shelters.
|Quality of Work||25|
|Representation of the theme||25|
Note: the Selection Committee reserves the right to be the sole judge of the acceptability of any proposal, which, in its opinion, most closely meets the intent of this project. The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final and without recourse.
2021 ART CONTEST
In collaboration with the City of Greenville’s Arts in Public Places Commission and Youth Commission, Greenlink has enhanced 9 bus shelters with inspiring artwork by local students through its inaugural Bus Shelter Art Contest.
View an interactive map of the locations of the installed murals