CALL TO MURALISTS: Norfolks’ ‘Dawn Of The Neon’ needs street artists

by | Apr 1, 2015 | ART

The folks in NEON District (Norfolk’s downtown arts district) are looking to expand their public art and they’ve asked us to help get the word out.

The folks in NEON District (Norfolk’s downtown arts district) are looking to expand their public art and they’ve asked us to help get the word out.

Check out the details for how to submit work below, and check out for more info

Project Overview

The public art committee of the new NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) District seeks muralists for collaborative large scale public art projects. In the community-oriented spirit of the neighborhood, selected artists will be paired with a glass, projection/light, or neon artist to collaborate, building off the muralist’s design to create works that extend off the “page” (or in this case wall). The committee is interested in how the mural can be activated at night, transforming environment and landscape of the NEON District as the sun goes down.


Three major gateway walls at the edges of the NEON District in Norfolk, VA. Each of the selected muralists will be given one wall to develop collaboratively with a preselected 3D artist.

Theme(s): Light

Light is both a particle and a wave; it is what you seek in the darkness. White light is the sum of all colors; light is what calls you home; it is what makes you feel safe at night. Light is reflected and refracted; it is represented in both technology and nature. How would you develop a large scale mural that reconsiders the concept of light?


Payment will vary depending on size of assigned wall, from $3,000 to $6,000 plus materials budget.


Application deadline May 26, 2015.
Selected artists will be notified by mid-June 2015.
Finalists submit final designs for review July 15.
Projects are to be installed prior to October 1, 2015.
Finished artworks will be featured during the Dawn of the NEON Festival October 15 and 16, 2015.

Application Process

Please send application materials to
Email subject line should read: Your Name, NEON Application.
Letter of interest outlining past experience and your reasons for interest in this particular collaborative project
10 images of past/relevant work (or link to website)
Image list including title, dimensions, materials and year
Artist statement

Selection Committee

Amy Brandt (Curator of Contemporary Art, Chrysler Museum of Art)
Mia Byrd (Manager, The Parlor on Granby)
Chelsy Carter (NEON District resident)
Tommy Glaser Sr. (Owner, Fuzion Ink)
Sam Hundley (Graphic Designer, The Virginian-Pilot)
Heidi Leigh (Artist, Push Comedy Theater)
Rachel McCall (Dawn of the NEON Co-Director + Downtown Norfolk Council)
Charlotte Potter (Programming Director, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio)
Jesse Scaccia (Dawn of the NEON Co-Director + Editor, AltDaily)
Nick Vitale (Owner, Zeke’s Beans and Bowls)
Cheryl White (Director, Glass Wheel Studio)

Selected 3D Artists

Clay McGlamory is a print/neon artist who teaches at Old Dominion University.
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Charles Rasputin is a light/projection artist and the creative director at Alchemy NFK.

Julia Rogers is a glass and light artist; she works at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

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