Request for proposal for mural at Malchow Plaza

Deadline for submissions: December 7, 2020

Request for Proposal PDF


The Aberdeen Development Corporation is seeking proposals from artists for the design and execution of a mural on the exterior of a building in the Malchow Plaza located at Fifth Avenue and South Main Street. This project is funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aberdeen Area Community Foundation. The Aberdeen Area Arts Council is leading the selection committee on behalf of the Aberdeen Development Corporation.

The mural will reflect Aberdeen including elements such as its people, natural beauty, landscape or historic relevance. The purpose of the mural is to display a snapshot of the community that engages residents and travelers to enhance their appreciation of the qualities that make Aberdeen a great place to live and visit. It may also provide a photo opportunity for visitors and residents.

Site Specifications:

The mural will be located on the North side of the soon to be Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau office at 510 S. Main Street (previously Anchors of Faith). The mural will be highly visible from the plaza being developed where Malchow’s Furniture was located. The mural will be prepared on MDO sign board panels that will be installed as one 8’ x 12’ mural. Panels will be provided to the selected artist by the Aberdeen Development Corporation. The mural will be painted off site at a location provided by the artist. Materials for the creation of the mural will be provided by the artist. The Aberdeen Development Corporation will assist the artist with installation.

The north-facing side of the building is visible in the image below. The white space is the location for the mural this RFP addresses. Another mural (black space) is planned by artist Kelsey Montague.