The Near Southside’s Art South program, in partnership with property developer Saigebrook Development and O-SDA Industries, is seeking an artist to create a signature artwork for the new Everly Plaza community art space by repurposing an iconic piece of the site’s history – the former landmark sign of Massey’s Restaurant. 
The sign has been removed from the pole and the artist is requested to transform the front corrugated plastic panel with raised lettering – reading “Massey’s Restaurant” with subtext “Chicken Fried Steaks” – and surrounding green metal framing into an artwork that will become iconic for the space. The finished piece will hang inside the gallery’s community room on the south wall where artist talks, demonstrations and other events will occur. 

Massey’s Sign in Storage

Massey’s Restaurant

Samples of Site HistoryArtists who are selected as finalists will be offered a stipend to create a project concept and rendering for the selection committee’s review. Artists are able to propose modifying the sign as much or as little as they wish, based on their concept and the limits of the budget. See the selection process, schedule, history of the site and sign, selection committee and more details about this exciting opportunity in the project brief. The project budget is $2,500.
Interested artists are asked to submit their qualifications by January 7, 2021.REVIEW THE PROJECT BRIEFSUBMIT YOUR QUALIFICATIONS

Above: Everly Plaza Apartments Rendering with Art Space Circled
Below: Everly Plaza Art Space Construction, Opening Spring 2021

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