Mural Arts – Staff Muralist
This Deadline Expired: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. We carry out our mission by annually engaging more than 20,000 people in the creation of 50 to 100 public art projects, including 2,000 individuals enrolled in one of our three core programs—Art Education for Youth, Restorative Justice for inmates and those re-entering society, and Porch Light for those in treatment for trauma, addiction, or mental illness. Through the liberating, joyful, and open context of artistic co-creation, we galvanize diverse constituencies, give voice to myriad perspectives, enhance the built environment, and bring visibility to issues in a way that sparks changes in perception and policy.
We are regularly recognized as a force for excellence and innovation in public art. Most recently, we had projects honored by the Public Art Network, the Venice Biennale, and the United Nations. We attract interest from an international audience of artists, scholars and practitioners, who attend conference sessions on our work, register for convening’s we host in Philadelphia, and set up professional consultancies with our staff. More than 12,000 visitors annually participate in public and private tours led by our Tours Department.
The staff artist engages a diverse set of communities in the creation of participatory public art with a special emphasis on mural making and restoration. The position serves as a primary ambassador for the Mural Arts Program and is an integral member of the entire Mural Arts organization team.
Responsibilities: Staff Muralist responsibilities include:
- Facilitate community input to inform and influence the development of designs for murals.
- Integrate community ideas into the mural making process.
- Create professional design renderings to scale for submission to design reviews and for community and stakeholder presentations
- Figure and portrait painting skills
- Estimate time and materials required to complete assigned tasks.
- Complete small, medium, and large scale mural projects on schedule and on budget.
- Knowledge and experience in various mural painting techniques, including direct painting on walls and the use of parachute cloth
- Manage assistant artists, volunteers, or interns assigned to mural projects
- Manage and maintain interior assigned studio space or on-site exterior mural locations
- Organize and manage workshops and community paint events that will allow participation by wide range of stakeholders
- Knowledge of and strict adherence to all safety protocols
- Participate as a panelist on design reviews
- Collaborate on selection process for MAP’s Summer Internship Program and the Mural Training Program
- Support the larger work of MAP as appropriate.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have at least five years’ experience in designing and creating community murals. Although a formal art degree is not required, a strong portfolio of previous work is very important and knowledge of worldwide trends in public or contemporary art or muralism is a plus. Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or other design software is also a plus. This Staff Artist will be detail oriented and have a solid record of bringing projects in on time and on budget. They should be able to juggle overlapping schedules on several mural projects at the same time and maintain focus in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with ease and grace. They must also be able to work well with many different kinds of people in diverse settings and be comfortable with conducting public presentations, workshops, and community paint activities. The Staff Artist may need to work some nights and weekends as project work demands within the scope of the assigned work portfolio. They will need to attain child abuse, criminal background, and FBI clearances, and will also need to attain lift certification and be vigilant in observing all safety protocols. Commitment to the mission and values of the Mural Arts Program, a solid work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, political savvy, and a respect for teamwork are critical to success in this position.
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
- Must be a Philadelphia resident or be able to establish bona fide residence in the City of Philadelphia within six months of appointment.
- Competitive compensation and excellent benefits package, including health and dental benefits.
To Apply: Please provide a cover letter and include salary requirements; a resume, 10-15 digital jpeg images of completed mural projects or other related artwork (images should be RGB color, 1240 x 1240 pixels max), a sheet describing your portfolio images, and references to: David.Mcshane@muralarts.org by January 29th.