City of Monrovia - Call for Artist

City of Monrovia

Monrovia, CA

The City of Monrovia is seeking an artist to create a mural on the block wall located on the north-west corner of Cypress and Magnolia (see image on the left.) The goal of this project is to convey the story of Japanese Americans in Monrovia, reflecting their distinguished history and the impact they had on the formation of the City.  The placement of the art is unique in that it is located adjacent to a residential neighborhood, just south of Huntington Drive and local businesses. This location is in close proximity to where the Uyeda’s Produce Stand once stood (see image below.) This is also the home to one of Monrovia’s Neighborhood Treasures – a program that honors Monrovians that made significant contributions to the community.

The design should complement the existing Neighborhood Treasure art as well as draw inspiration from the Uyeda’s Produce Stand. The size of the mural is approximately four feet wide by five feet tall, however, the artist may use as much space needed for creative purposes.    

More information on the Neighborhood Treasures and Japanese Americans of Monrovia can be found by clicking HERE.



Artists are asked to submit a detailed design for the art piece. The design needs to provide a good understanding of how the artwork will look on the wall. The current block wall may or may not be conducive for an artist mural. If requested by the artist, the City will add a skim coat to the existing surface for the mural to be painted on, paid for by the City of Monrovia. A stipend of $5,000 will be awarded to the artist who designs and creates the chosen art.


Mural Requirements:

  1. Able to withstand diverse weather conditions
  2. Unique to the history and contributions of the Japanese Americans in Monrovia
  3. Compatible with the neighborhood which includes residential as well as commercial uses.


Selection Design

Designs will be reviewed by City staff and the AIPP Committee with the final approval by the Monrovia City Council.

Submission Checklist

  • Letter of Interest including qualifications
  • Artist inspiration statement
  • Full Color Design on a 8 ½ X 11” paper
  • Anticipated all finish
  • Exact dimensions of proposed
  • Proposed timeline
  • Proposed materials


Program Deadlines

  • Artwork Submittal – February 27, 2020
  • AIPP approval – Week of March 16, 2020
  • City Council approval – April 7, 2020
  • Artist Notifications – April 8, 2020
  • Project Completion – May 18, 2020



Mail art submissions to Kerri Zessau, C/O City of Monrovia Community Development Department at 415 S. Ivy Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 or email [email protected]. Please contact Kerri Zessau with questions or for additional information at 626.932.5564.

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