Social and Public Art Resource Center
Los Angeles, CA
The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is dedicated to producing, presenting, and preserving public artworks in Los Angeles neighborhoods. The organization is best known for its work in hundreds of Los Angeles neighborhoods at a grassroots level to produce the rich legacy of Los Angeles murals and the ethnic face of our city. Right now, we are working on expanding The Great Wall of Los Angeles, the longest mural in the world. Begun by Judy Baca in 1978, The Great Wall visually tells the silenced and repressed stories of marginalized communities in Los Angeles and California, beginning with Indigenous history and continuing to the present day.
We are seeking a Digital Artist adept at using digital tools for drawing, painting, and composition to provide hands-on support for SPARC’s works of public art. The Digital Artist will work under another Digital Artist and the Artistic Director in-house in our Digital/Mural Lab, a unique research and artistic production facility that uses state-of-the-art computer technology to facilitate the production of public artworks, curricula and media. The Digital/Mural Lab is equipped with outstanding tools and technology, collaborative spaces, a mural painting studio, and mural fabrication and prototyping equipment. We work in a creative, stimulating environment that is highly flexible and customizable for creative projects. Ultimately, the projects that are envisioned in the DM/L endeavor to contribute a body of public imagery that speaks of both beauty and social change in our public spaces.
The Great Wall of Los Angeles Mural Expansion
- Develop, modify, add detail to, and clean up Great Wall artists’ pencil and/or ink sketches using Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq tablet
- Develop transitions between Great Wall artists’ sketches to create one long, continuous mural
- Find historically- and artistically-appropriate reference imagery for your own use, for other artists’ uses, and for the use of the Artistic Director
- Provide artistic support to research team as needed, and research support to artist team as needed
- Participate in Great Wall design team meetings and facilitate as needed
- Facilitate Artistic Director’s digital workflow and troubleshoot problems
Digital/Mural Lab and other Social and Public Art Resource Center commissions
- Help research and conceptualize new commissions that come to SPARC and Judy Baca
- Assist Artistic Director with digital drawing and painting of commissions
- General digital artist duties that may come up, including but not limited to: image editing and color correction, vector illustration, print layout design
- Help with large-format printing as needed
- Help with mural preparation and installation as needed
- Help maintain Digital Mural Lab
- Required: Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and Illustrator
- Preferred: Corel Painter, SketchUp
Skills and Experience
- Excellent illustration and storytelling skills with an eye for perspective, color, value, lighting, mood, and composition
- Good sense of form, shape, silhouette, scale, and texture
- Ability to drive a sketch to photorealistic illustration
- Fluency in line drawing, contour shading, and building value through cross-hatching
- Strong use of research and reference material in support of idea generation and problem solving
- Up-to-date knowledge of photo editing and digital drawing and painting tools
- Very good communication skills and teamwork oriented attitude
- Experience with large scale works or murals is a plus
- Experience with arts and/or social justice organizations is a plus
- People from marginalized backgrounds (including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, LGBTQ+ people, and women) are especially encouraged to apply
- Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., B.F.A., B.S.) from an accredited university preferred
Job type: Full-time
Schedule: 8 hour shift, Monday to Friday
Work Location: In person
Submitting an Application
Please submit a resume and cover letter to: email@example.com by November 03, 2023.
Please include an attachment or link to your portfolio or website with current work that speaks to your ability to use the skills and perform the duties listed above. Applicants who do not submit these materials will not be considered.
In your cover letter, please answer the following:
1. What experience do you have working in concept art or digital drawing, painting, and composition?
2. What training/certification have you received that is related to digital drawing, painting, and composition?
3. Do you work well in teams and under artistic direction?
4. Why are you interested in working at a public art center dedicated to producing works that tell marginalized stories and contribute to struggles for social justice?
Benefits: Health, dental, paid time off, sick time
Salary: $45,000 – $55,000