Library Mural Project

Calling All Artists!

The library is seeking artists to submit proposals for a mural in the library’s lobby. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about the project, please share the information below.


Oconomowoc Public Library Request for Proposals – Library Mural Project

Library Mission Statement

The Oconomowoc Public Library provides materials, services, facilities, technology and up-to-date resources and programs to meet the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. The library is a free and vital resource, providing the community with the opportunity to explore, discover, learn, grow, ultimately enriching individual lives and the community as a whole. The library actively promotes an interest in and appreciation for reading and encourages lifelong learning.

Project Goals

The goals of the Library Mural Project are to:

  1. Beautify the entryway of the library, creating a warm and welcoming environment for those entering and exiting the library.
  2. Celebrate the library’s mission and the community the library primarily serves: Oconomowoc and surrounding areas.

Project Theme

  • While a number of elements might be included, suggestions include allusions to books, reading, and libraries, as well as the lakes and natural beauty of the Oconomowoc area.

Project Description

  • The budget is not to exceed $8,000 for an artist or team of collaborative artists. The budget includes any artist fees, supplies, or other associated costs.
  • The mural will occupy the upper portions of the east and west walls of the library’s entryway. Please see photos above for approximate dimensions. The artist will need to provide their own scaffolding and all other materials necessary for painting at this elevation.
  • The medium used must be durable and able to withstand temperature variation and exposure to sunlight through the library’s skylight.
  • Preference may be given to local artists.
  • The mural should be distinct in design, color, and subject matter, and free of any copyright-protected images.
  • The design will be suitable and acceptable for public viewing of all ages.
  • The mural must be completed by December 15, 2016. The dates and times for the mural’s painting will be agreed upon between the artist and the library director, and will not exceed a total of two consecutive weeks.
  • The artist must be willing and able to communicate his or her vision, idea, and plan to the library, the press, and the public throughout completion of the project.
  • Ownership of the artwork will belong to the Oconomowoc Public Library.

Project Timeline

  • July 29, 2016: RFP published
  • September 30, 2016 by 5 pm: Proposals due to Betsy Bleck at the Oconomowoc Public Library
  • October 1, 2016 to October 16, 2016: Proposals reviewed. Artists may be contacted for interviews during this time.
  • October 17, 2016: Artist announced (all other artists will be contacted via e-mail)
  • December 15, 2016: Project completion deadline

Proposal Guidelines

All proposals must include each of the following components in the order listed. All components of each proposal should be saved into a single PDF file. Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm on September 30, 2016. Artists may be contacted during the review process for interview. Please submit proposals via email to Each proposal must include:

  1. Artist’s resume, including artist’s contact information and artist statement
  2. Project narrative not exceeding 500 words
  3. To-scale full-color illustration of the concept of the mural
  4. Supplemental project information, including materials and media to be used, process of completion (for example, will the artist use paint, grids, projection, etc.)
  5. Itemized budget, including quotes for paint, artist fees, scaffolding rental, and other associated costs
  6. Timetable (the mural must be complete by December 15, 2016). The timetable is to provide an idea for how long painting the mural might take (not to exceed two consecutive weeks). The exact dates of painting will be agreed upon between the library director and the artist.
  7. Pictures of at least three relevant works of original art completed by the artist. Examples should describe the size, materials, cost, and the amount of time it took to complete the work.
  8. List of three professional references and their contact information

Any proposal without the above-listed components will be deemed incomplete. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. Application materials will not be returned.

Selection Criteria

  • Submittal of all required application materials in a timely fashion
  • Attention to context: The library, the surrounding area, and the library’s mission
  • Proven ability to create distinctive, high-quality, durable, site-specific artwork as exhibited by past work
  • Originality: Creative, unique nature of the proposed artwork
  • Reputation of artist’s ability to complete work on time and within budget


  1. Except for the City or Library’s negligence or intentional conduct, the City and Library shall not be liable for any damage or injury of or to the artist, the artist’s agents or employees or to their goods, personal property or equipment, and the artist agrees to indemnify, defend and hold the City harmless from any and all claims or assertions of every kind and nature.
  2. The artist shall indemnify and save harmless and agrees to accept tender of defense and to defend and pay any and all legal, consulting and other expenses relating to the defense of any claim asserted or imposed by any party or parties, including, but not limited to, claims of bodily injury or death of persons, or for loss or damage of property, upon the City or Library, their officers, agents, boards, committees, employees or independent contractors, growing or arising out of:

(i)    The presence or activities contemplated or required the Library Mural Agreement to be signed by the library and the selected artist, even if arising from intentional or unintentional acts of a person or persons, who are not party to the agreement;

(ii)   The construction, maintenance or use of equipment, materials or other items or things utilized or brought to the premises by the artist; or

(iii) In any other way growing out of or arising from the Library Mural Agreement to be signed by the library and the selected artist.


The artist shall provide to the City and Library proof of insurance in an amount that is approved by the City and Library, and in a form that is approved by the City Attorney. Said insurance shall be a comprehensive general liability policy, including public liability and property damage coverage, covering the Library premises, operation and productions, with the City and Library named as insured parties.  The City and Library must be provided not less than 30-days prior written notice of any cancellation, termination, modification or non-renewal of the policy, and the proof of insurance shall acknowledge the same.


Complete proposals, as well as any questions, may be submitted to:

Betsy Bleck, Library Director
Oconomowoc Public Library
200 W. South St. Oconomowoc WI 53066
(262) 569-2193, extension 207

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