Enlivening Public Spaces

Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project

This project is designed to build upon the presence of public art in downtown Amherst and the Amherst Center Cultural District by inviting local artists to create unique and colorful paintings on three designated utility boxes.

Selected artists will have one week to complete their painting, beginning Saturday, September 14, 2019.

See the bottom of this page for a slideshow of previously selected artists and their work as well as a time lapse video of the public art project. 

How to Submit:

Artists may submit applications online or by mail. Please review the project guidelines first (see link below) Whether you apply online or by mail, your application must include:

  1. Your contact information;
  2. A short description of your concept for a box design;
  3. A color drawing of your concept for a box design, prepare as PDF for digital submittal, click here for template;
  4. Four (4) photographs of your past work in .jpeg format (or provide a link to an online portfolio/website)

All materials must be submitted by June 1, 2019 for consideration by the project jury. If applying by mail, please send your complete Paper Application to:

Amherst Public Art Commission

Electrical Box Makeover Project

c/o the Jones Library

43 Amity Street

Amherst, MA 01002

Please be aware that not all surfaces of the utility boxes can be painted per DPW guidelines. In addition, artists must use light color bases for their designs to prevent overheating of the utility boxes. Please refer to the specific guidelines provided below. 

This project is open to all artists but Amherst applicants may be given preference. 

Link to Project Guidelines (Please read completely prior to your online application)

Link to Design Template (If applying online, please download and prepare as PDF for uploading during online application)

Click Here to Apply Online! (after reading full Project Guidelines and preparing your Design Template)

Link to Paper Application

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Photo credit: Eric Broudy