Local artists invited to contribute to Town’s growing public art collection

The Town of Orangeville has announced its Call for Artists for the 2019 Utility Box Art Display Program. With a submission deadline of May 17, the Town is looking for local artists to help beautify the community and celebrate the Town’s vibrant arts culture. Since this popular program began in 2016, thirteen functional utility boxes have been transformed into colourful works of art for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

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 complete details on the Town’s website. 

Up to five utility boxes will be wrapped in unique and original art under this year’s competition. The sites recommended for the 2019 installations include: 

  • Kay Cee Gardens 
  • Riddell Road & Alder Street 
  • College Avenue & Blind Line 
  • Riddell Road & Montgomery Boulevard 
  • Dawson Road & Townline

Designs should fit the character of Orangeville and may include nature, local history, or celebration of arts and culture. Art will be selected with consideration to scale, form, content, and design relative to the site. Artists are asked to carefully review the requirements, templates, and themes included in the Call for Artists. 

The Town’s growing collection of utility box art includes the following installations: 

  • A Bit Crisp by Sharon Wadsworth-Smith, located at First Street and Hansen Boulevard 
  • Accessibility For All by Paul Hogeveen, located at Hansen Boulevard and Blind Line 
  • Eleven by Samantha Walker, located in Alexandra Park 
  • Gazing Upward by Christina Clare, located at the John Street entrance of Kay Cee Gardens 
  • Heavy Horses by Ellen Cameron, located at First Street and Elizabeth Street 
  • Isabel East Side Trail by Meagan Kikuta, located at Amelia Street and Hansen Boulevard
  • Let’s Dance by Sharon Wadsworth-Smith, located in Alexandra Park
  • Mill Creek by Catherine Howard, located at Broadway and Mill Street
  • Orangeville by Sanja Culina, located at Broadway and Second Street
  • Orangeville by Madison Pflance, located at Broadway and John Street
  • Snow Fun by Christina Clare, located at the Bythia Street entrance of Kay Cee Gardens 
  • The Thrill is Gone by Larry Kurtz, located at Broadway and First Street
  • The Turbines of Amaranth by Karey Shinn, located at Broadway and Clara Street 

The Utility Box Art Display Program provides local artists with a unique opportunity to create public art that contributes to the beautification of Orangeville.  The program complements other pieces of public art, such as the Town’s collection of over 50 tree sculptures, and contributes to Orangeville’s artistic flair. More information about arts and culture in Orangeville can be found at orangevilletourism.ca.