After a successful program in 2016, the Town of Orangeville’s Utility Box Art Display Program is back. This year’s call for artists contains all of the details for the 2017 program. This year’s deadline for submissions is May 1.
The Utility Box Art Display Program is designed to recognize local artists, celebrate the Town’s culture and history, and promote Orangeville as an arts and culture hub for the region. It provides local artists with the opportunity to submit original artwork for installation on selected Town utility boxes using a custom vinyl wrap process. Winning submissions will be selected by a jury, and successful artists will receive a fee of $500 for their designs. Applicants must reside in Dufferin County and must be at least 18 years old. Artists interested in submitting their work for the competition can find all the guidelines at the Arts and Culture section of the Town's website.
Up to four locations in Orangeville will be wrapped in unique and original art under the competition. The utility boxes approved for the 2017 installations are located on First Street at Elizabeth Street, Hansen Boulevard at Amelia Street, Clara Street at Broadway, and First Street at Hansen Boulevard.
In its inaugural year of 2016, three utility boxes were wrapped in unique art. The successful submissions for last year’s art installations were created by:
- Catherine Howard of Orangeville who presented a painting of Mill Creek and the former bridge near Church Street using acrylic paints
- Sanja Culina of Orangeville who created visual images and icons associated with the Town, using alcohol inks, and
- Madison Pflance of Mono who used digital art to present a streetscape of landmark buildings, with the clock tower and Orange Lawrence sculpture in the foreground.
Their art pieces are wrapped around utility boxes located on Broadway at Second Street, Mill Street, and John Street.