Enlivening Public Spaces

Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project

This project is designed to build upon the presence of public art in downtown Amherst and the Amherst Center Cultural District by inviting local artists to create unique and colorful paintings on three designated utility boxes.

Selected artists will have one week to complete their painting, beginning Saturday, September 12, 2020.

See the bottom of this page for a slideshow of previously selected artists and their work as well as a time lapse video of the public art project. 

How to Submit:

Due to COVID-19, only digital (online) applications will be accepted this year.. Please review the project guidelines first. Your application must include:

  1. Your contact information;
  2. A short description of your concept for a box design;
  3. A color drawing of your concept for a box design, prepared as a PDF for digital submittal, click here for template;
  4. Four (4) photographs of your past work in .jpeg format (or provide a link to an online portfolio/website)

All materials must be submitted by August 1, 2020 for consideration by the project jury. Selected artists will have one week to complete their painting, beginning Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Please be aware that not all surfaces of the utility boxes can be painted per DPW guidelines. In addition, artists must use light color bases for their designs to prevent overheating of the utility boxes. Please refer to the specific guidelines provided below. 

This project is open to all artists but Amherst applicants may be given preference. 

Link to Project Guidelines & Design Template (Please read completely prior to your online application, download and prepare your Design Template as a PDF for uploading during online application)

Click Here to Apply Online! (after reading full Project Guidelines and preparing your Design Template)


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Photo credit: Eric Broudy (2018) & Amy Crawley (2019)