The Douglass Women Art Public Art Project

540W Main
Visual Arts
Organization 540WMain, Inc.
Deadline March 15, 2022

Call for Artists!  540WMain is Seeking BIPOC Women Artists for Public Art Project in Rochester, NY for the creation of a mural on electrical boxes close to the first home of the Douglass family, and near the site of the Seward Seminary, where Douglass Sprague had been segregated from her white classmates, and later expelled. The mural is part of ongoing research and interest in Anna Murray Douglass and Black women historical figures at 540WMain. To learn more about Anna and Rosetta, see the blog post by Rachel DeGuzman or register for our upcoming panel discussion on the topic here. Read more.

Scope & Budget
To be completed in the spring/summer of 2022. Two selected artists will receive a stipend of $1000 each along with funds for materials necessary to complete the public art piece.

Eligibility & Applying
We are accepting submissions from underrepresented womxn artists who have an interest in public art, community impact, and historical narratives. (540WMain’s definition of women always includes all community members who identify as such). Two artists will be selected by the 540 community alongside project manager, Quajay Donnell.

Prospective artists should submit 1-3 sketches of their artistic rendering of Rosetta, Anna, or both for this proposed mural installation as well as a list of proposed materials needed to complete the mural. The size dimensions for the art pieces are approximately 3’ W x 4’ H.

Submissions will be accepted through 3/15/2022 at 11:59pm.