Kaiser Foundation Issues Call to Artists for Woody Guthrie Mural Project

Charles Banks Wilson’s painting of Woody Guthrie | Oklahoma State Capitol

The George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty
through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic
enhancement. Based in Tulsa, GKFF is a proud supporter of life affirming civic initiatives that
contribute to a vibrant and engaged creative community. GKFF is pleased to facilitate the
relocation of the Woody Guthrie Archives from Mt. Kisco, New York to Tulsa, Oklahoma in a
cultural homecoming of Oklahoma’s native son, Woody Guthrie.

GKFF is requesting qualifications from artists or artist teams who are interested in creating an
outdoor public mural of Woody Guthrie on the west wall of the soon-to-open Woody Guthrie
Archives. This RFQ is an open call to experienced mural artists nationwide. The deadline is February 1, 2013.

The location of the mural is on the west side of the Tulsa Paper Company Building in the Brady
Arts District of Tulsa, OK. The address is 102 E. Brady Street, Tulsa, OK 74103. The mural
will face Boston Avenue at the corner of Brady Street. and Boston Avenue. The space available for
the mural is approximately 32 feet tall and 50 feet wide and will have up lighting. The surface of
the wall is brick. The image included in this RFQ is just one proposed idea of the image that
could portray Woody Guthrie in the mural. The Tulsa Paper Company Building sits across the
street from the new Guthrie Green, an urban park and performance space named for Woody
Guthrie that opened in September of 2012. The mural will be situated on a prominent corner in
the burgeoning Brady Arts District and will be seen by many tourists coming to the Woody
Guthrie Archives exhibit. The colors selected for the mural should be appropriate for the
historic renovation of a 1920’s era building.

Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for the Woody Guthrie mural program, the artist must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Work as a professional artist or artist team
  • Live in the United States
  • Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to a strict timeline

Additional Considerations
GKFF will give preference to Oklahoma artists, as well as artists who have created public art,
large-scale works, or exterior projects.

Selection Process
Once GKFF has received the qualifications from interested artists, the Selection Committee will
review the submissions and make a recommendation. GKFF will then notify the selected artist.

Selection Criteria
GKFF will select artists based on the following criteria:

  • Work of the highest caliber and effective execution
  • Experience of working within program guidelines
  • Ability to complete work within a specified timeline
  • Visual impact on pedestrian and vehicular traffic
  • Appropriateness of content (should be appropriate for all audiences)

Artist Fee
GKFF will offer the artist a fee of $5,000. All supplies, equipment, travel, and other expenses
related to the completion of the mural will be reimbursed by GKFF up to $5000. GKFF will
provide a lift for the artist.

Project Timeline
The mural project will follow this timeline:
February 1, 2013 Request for Qualifications Deadline
February 15, 2013 Selection Committee reviews RFQs and selects the artist
March 2013 Mural construction begins

Click here for the Submission Process and Request for Qualifications.