Open Call for artists to apply for EPB 10th street Mural Project

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – EPB and partners invite local artists to submit bids for the second side of our EPB community mural project along 10th Street.

The central theme for this year’s mural is “Voices of MLK” to highlight the history, heritage, and significance of Downtown Chattanooga’s Martin Luther King Boulevard area.

The open call ends at 5 p.m. on January 10, 2022.

“We’re proud that 100% of the selected submissions from the first year of our project were from minority and/or women artists, including some of them being first-time muralists,” said Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB Director of Environmental Stewardship and Residential Energy Solutions.  “We’re hoping to receive submissions from a diverse group of artists again.  This is an opportunity for them to make their mark on our city that will be enjoyed by locals, visitors, and future generations.”

The murals will be painted on panels along the second side of the EPB substation fence on 10thStreet.  This year, the mural will face Foster Street, and up to 11 panels in several different sizes are available.

The project committee will choose up to 11 murals in total.  Members of the committee represent EPB and other project partners:  ArtsBuild, Association of Visual Arts, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, City of Chattanooga’s Public Art Chattanooga, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, MLK Neighborhood Association, RISE Chattanooga, River City Company, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

“ArtsBuild is excited to again be part of the EPB Mural project.  Not only is this program a great way to support artists, it brings so much vibrancy to the neighborhood we call home,” said James McKissic, President of ArtsBuild.

“In alignment with the historical significance of the MLK district, our desire is to showcase the talents of artists of color,” said Vickye Bone with the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga.  “We are committed to supporting organizations like EPB who facilitate these opportunities focused on intentional inclusion of all in our community.”

Artists must be 18 and live or work in the EPB service territory.  They are asked to submit at least five images, specifically including samples such as painting, drawing, printmaking, or graffiti art.  Past mural experience is not required.  Artists are also asked to write a vision statement of their concept that aligns with the theme.

An outside group of community stakeholders will select the muralists based on their submission’s artistic value, clarity of thought, community reflection, and relevance to the theme.  Artists will be notified of their selection and will receive support from ArtsBuild if needed.  They will also be awarded a supply budget as well as a service fee for their work.  For more information about the call for submissions that details the proposal and compensation specifics, contact EPB’s Tiffany Coleman at

There will be a virtual project information meeting on December 1, 2021, from 12-1 p.m.  Contact Tiffany Coleman for more information.  Meeting attendance is optional, but artists can learn more about the project and ask any questions in this public forum.

This is the second year of a four-year projectEPB will take submissions to create a public mural on the third side of the substation wall in late 2022.  Learn more about the project at

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