Call for Artists! The Board of Water & Light #ArtMovesREO Project is Renewed

Lansing, Michigan

Lansing Board of Water & Light

REO Town ArtMovesREO Project

Call for Artist

Submission Deadline: Sunday, June 4, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a call forartists for a public art project, funded by public resources through theLansing Board of Water & Light. The #ArtMovesREO project will be an artprint as an on-going rotation of art installed on S. Washington Ave. on thesouthwest corner of the Central Substation. We are seeking bold, innovativeimages that will engage and reflect the community and serve as a welcomingbeacon for travelers in and out of REO Town.


The Central Substation is part of BWL’s plan to replace the Eckert Power Station and adjoining Eckert Substation in order to continue providing affordable and reliable power to its customers in the Lansing region.

This art print installation is one part of an ongoing project, based on a commitment from the BWL to invest $20,000 every three years to enliven the Substation with public art. It will be a rotating temporary installation aimed at showcasing many different area artists.

Located in the City of Lansing at the southwest corner of S. Washington Ave. and W. Malcolm X St., the Central Substation creates a link between downtown Lansing and REO Town, increasing access to Cooley Gardens and the renovated Scott Sunken Garden.

Artists who submit to the call will be reviewed by a panel that will include representatives of the BWL, City of Lansing, REO Town Commercial Association and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

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The BWL will facilitate printing and installing one large (18 ft. H X 45 ft. 4 in. W) art print on the southeast wall of the Central Substation (see attachment for placement). The image should exemplify strong, imaginative design and content and should contribute to a visually stimulating environment that lends itself to thought and adds character to the site.  

The BWL is seeking images of existing or new art, including digital art and photography. This may be a photo of a painting, a sculpture, collage, original photography, digital art, etc. Submissions should be in a high-quality format, and ultimately able to be available in 300 dpi resolution for printing.

The mural concept should be vibrant, colorful, prominent and appropriate to its surroundings. Submissions should be topical, but not utilize the BWL logo or focus on the three stacks of REO Town. No propaganda, advertisements or nudity will be considered.


The Call is open to all visual artists based in Michigan, with a preference given to artists who live or work in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton counties. Interested artists will have demonstrated the capacity to create two-dimensional artworks that are innovative and highly visual.


The commission budget for the artwork image is a one-time LICENSING FEE of $1,000, with opportunities to engage the chosen artist through signage, QR code and local businesses. The budget is meant to be all-inclusive of the artist’s licensing fees and pay for the time and creation of the art. Costs associated with printing and installing the piece are outside of this budget and will be covered by the BWL.



Call for Artist Opens: Friday, April 28, 2023

Deadline for Submission: Sunday, June 4, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST

Proposal Review, Selection and Notification: Week of June 5, 2023

Artist Contracting: Week of June 5, 2023

Expected Installation and Unveiling: June 2022


Each proposal that responds to this Call should include the following documents (all uploads must be submitted in pdf format):

1) Artist Contact information

2) Proposed Image for Art Print

3) Artist’s Statement


In addition to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing staff, representatives from the BWL, REO Town Commercial Association and the City of Lansing will serve on the review committee to select the final proposal. The selection of the finalists will be based on the following criteria:

• Artist’s consideration of the scale of the mural space available to house the art print.

• Artist’s professional experience represents a developed and successful body of site-specific public murals of similar scope and size as demonstrated by visual documentation.

• Ability to understand sense of place and design in a context-sensitive manner as demonstrated by visual documentation.


The selected artist will enter into a two-party Agreement between the BWL and the artist to secure the use of the image chosen.


Submit To: The application, images and other required materials must be submitted electronically through the online program, Slideroom, found at A free login is required.

Contact: Meghan Martin, executive director, Arts Council of Greater Lansing (517) 372-4636 ext. 1 or by email at


The Arts Council of Greater Lansing and the Board of Water and Light reserve the right to reject any or all applications, to reissue the Call for Entries, or to terminate the selection process or project at any time without prior notice.