Winners of Grand Prairie Traffic Signal Box Public Art Project Announced

The City of Grand Prairie Public Art Program Traffic Signal Box artist’s competition netted 161 entries from 32 different Texas cities. Tammy Chan, the city’s Public Art Coordinator, said the city expected to receive 30-40 entries, but the efforts to be as inclusive as possible in outreach resulted in the project going viral state-wide with a city Facebook video post netting more than 189,000 views and more than 2,600 comments and shares.

Twenty traffic signal box locations located throughout the city have been approved for painting directly on the boxes or for wrapping with high-resolution, digitally-printed wraps. The contest included two themes, “Environment in General” and “Water Conservation/Water Quality.” Artists could enter each category once and win in each category once. Winning artists will each earn a commission up to $2,000 depending on whether the box will be painted directly by the artist or whether it will be vinyl wrapped with the artist’s design. Winning artists must complete their work by April 30, 2018.

A special Traffic Signal Box Public Art Selection Committee was created to review the 161 submissions and pick 10 winners from the Environment Category and 10 winners from the Water Category. The Art Selection Committee was comprised of local and regional artists, as well as representatives from neighborhoods and businesses located near the traffic signal boxes that have been approved for painting or wrapping. As a whole, the committee reviewed more than 1,200 images, including the concepts and examples of the artists’ work, and a total of 3,452 double sided pages, including statements of art experience and the application forms from each artist. The scores were tallied by staff members and verified by an accountant.

The winners include 14 proposals to paint directly on the boxes and six wraps. The list includes two Grand Prairie residents: Gary Kelly, an 81-year-old photographer; and Syndey F. Merlau, an 8th Grade Visual Arts student at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. Street artist Steve O. Cipriano, aka “Stibs,” a teacher at Dickenson Elementary in Grand Prairie, was also one of the 20 winners.

Winners - Environment Category

Ksenia Annis, Houston
Areli Duran, Dallas
Jaime Hudson, Dallas
Stuart Hausmann, Dallas
Gary Kelly, Grand Prairie
Damaris McCalley, Arlington
Sydney Merlau, Grand Prairie
Susan Michutka, Bastrop
Pamela Summers, Fort Worth
Daniel Yanez, Dallas

Winners - Water Category

Darla Bostick, Denton
Steve O. “Stibs” Cipriano, Dallas
Brandon James Hayman, Fort Worth
Eric Lothspeich, Austin
Suzanne McNeill-Sparks, Arlington
Susan Michutka, Bastrop
James Ramirez, Fort Worth
Ryan Stalsby, Irving
Pamela Summers, Fort Worth
Daniel Yanez, Dallas

Traffic Signal Box Public Art Project Winners

Updated on 10/20/2017 8:12 AM

View Winning Concepts - Environment Category (PDF)

View Winning Concepts - Water Category (PDF)

“It was clear that all the participants spent a lot of time developing their concepts,” says Chan. “This is one time I’m glad I just facilitate the process and don’t get to choose which entries win. Choosing the winners from all the amazing entries was really tough and the committee did a great job.”

The Traffic Signal Box Public Art project creates new, paid opportunities for Texas-based artists while brightening city streetscapes and enhancing community. If successful, the city hopes to host future Traffic Signal Box Public Art competitions.

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