Call for Artists - Simmons Tower Parking Garage

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Experienced muralists are invited to submit concepts or proposals for this site-specific art installation on the Simmons Tower parking garage at the southeast corner of 6th and Spring Streets in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. The space to be painted contains three sections measuring 28x26 ft, 28x9 ft, and 28x26 ft. It is roughly 1700 s/f and will be power washed and primed prior to installation. The Public Spaces subcommittee of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership (“DLRP”) has created our public art initiative to encourage artistic expression and foster a greater appreciation for art in our community.

DLRP is a nonprofit organization which serves a membership of more than 220 businesses in Little Rock who are focused on a prospering downtown. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Downtown Little Rock, through leadership, partnership and initiative, sustaining and growing our vibrant urban core.  As part of our public art strategy, DLRP is dedicated to collaborating with artists to present public art that enhances our City's imaginative capacity, enlivens our neighborhoods, contributes to economic vitality, sparks civic exchange, and enhances community connection.


There are no residency requirements for this public art project. Any artist with experience may enter, regardless of where they live.


DLRP will pay $25,000 to the artist chosen for the project. The artist is responsible for all costs, including paint/supplies, transportation to and from site, housing, installation, insurance, any equipment rental and assistant artist’s fees.


Submissions will be open beginning September 19, 2019, and close October 18, 2019. All work must be completed by November 30, 2019.


All artist are required to submit the following:

  1. Contact information including name, address, phone and email address;
  2. Rendering of proposed artwork on mural space;
  3. Resume, including prior experience with public mural painting and references

Applications will be completed through a Google Form, which can be found here. Proposed art renderings must be submitted to, subject line: Simmons Tower Parking Garage Mural Proposal - YOUR NAME. Please direct any questions to that email or by calling Downtown Little Rock Partnership at 501-375-0121.


A selection panel comprised of representatives of DLRP, the Arkansas Arts Council, and other area stakeholders will review proposals. The panel will use the following criteria in the selection process:

  • Completed submission of all required application information;
  • Proven ability to execute specified project on time and within budget as exhibited by past work/projects;
  • Originality, creativity and uniqueness of proposed artwork concept for this project;
  • Appropriateness for placement on these urban sites;

Once selected, the artist will work with members of DLRP staff in coordinating the installation of the artwork. The selected artist will enter into a contract with DLRP, abiding by all rules and regulations set forth. The project must be completed by November 30, 2019.


Photographs of the area and a map showing its location are below.

Mural Location, Alternate Image 1 - Simmons Bank Parking Garage

Mural Location, Alternate Image 2 - Simmons Bank Parking Garage

Mural Location, Alternate Image 3 - Simmons Bank Parking Garage

Inspired lr mural location - Simmons Bank Parking Garage

*red star indicates proposed mural location, on the first floor of the parking deck at Scott and 6th Streets