Call Summary

Atlanta Contemporary and Magda Dumitrescu are pleased to request submissions for the community mural wall that will be displayed onto the exterior part of the AC building in February. The objective of this mural is to use patterns to show the history of resistance in Atlanta’s Westside, and/or what an equitable future in Atlanta can look like. This mural project is a platform for the community to hold those in power accountable while unapologetically celebrating everyday resistance. Local artists will submit 1 individual work that will be woven together in a wheat-pasted collage installation, inspired by the work of Romare Bearden. Artists may submit 2-dimensional work or images of 3-dimensional work. Previous experience with murals and public art is not necessary.

Artistic and visual theme: Various perspectives on Atlanta Futurism. See the Community Mural Project FAQ for details.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021 
Apply online here.

For questions regarding the open call, please email Nisa Floyd, Atlanta Contemporary Program Manager or Magda Dumitrescu, project leader.

Art Goals and Criteria

This mural project is a platform for the community to hold those in power accountable while unapologetically celebrating everyday resistance.

Artist Eligibility

Artists must live in metro-Atlanta. If an artist is under the age of 18, they must have a guardian send Nisa Floyd permission to use their work.

Art Location

The mural will be located on the exterior side of Atlanta Contemporary near the Studio Artist entrance.

The mural will be a focal point of the building. The mural fronts the parking lot that has the most visibility due to passing traffic. The site of the mural is always open to the public.

The mural will combine 10 – 20 works of art into one piece of collaborative art

Budget and Materials

Artists will be paid $50 for their work if selected for the mural. Artists can opt out of an honorarium payment if they wish to remain eligible for funding opportunities through Atlanta Contemporary’s Nexus Fund.

Atlanta Contemporary will provide the support panel(s)and other materials which will be used to install the mural. Due to social distancing measures. Magda and Nisa will be installing the mural. This will be broadcast live on Atlanta Contemporary’s social media. Artists are ONLY responsible for submitting their work.

Application Requirements

Artists should submit the following information for consideration.

  • 1- 3 images (jpg format with image size set to 300 dpi, 4” x 6” image size, approximately). Please use the following format for naming digital files: Artist name-Artwork Title-Length x Height (Depth in case of sculpture)-Year. For example, J.M.W. Turner-Dawn after the Wreck-14×10-1841.
  • An annotated list of images with title, media, size, date, and other relevant information
  • A brief description of artistic narrative for each image submitted.
  • a short biography

Deadline and Submission Address

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm on January 31, 2021. Early submissions are encouraged. No mailed submissions will be accepted.

Selection Process and Criteria

The selection panel will include Nisa Floyd and Magda Dumitirescu. Selection criteria include artistic excellence and thematic relevance.


Artists must submit a statement explaining each image submitted, 1-2 sentences

If there are people in the image, each person in the image understands that this image will be publicly displayed.

The artist is responsible for getting their permission before submitting it.

If the artist submitting is under 18, they MUST include contact information and a signature from their parent or guardian.

No fetishization of Black bodies.

No corporate logos or advertising.

No glorifying of gore or violence.

No plagiarism of another artist’s work. (You can reference another artist, just make sure that your work is unique and different from the original piece).

Project Timeline

Submission deadline: January 31

Panel review: February 1 – 5

Artist notification: February 6

Contract signing February 7 - 8

Curation and installation: February 10 – 28

Unveiling and opening February 26


Magda Dumitirescu

Magda Dumitrescu is from Atlanta, and won’t let you forget it. They use art both as an anthropological tool for documentation and as a way to create new folklore. Their work uses storytelling traditions from the American South and Eastern Europe to create solace and celebrate interconnectivity with everyday magic. Their practice focuses on color and movement, in murals, installations, collage, drawing, painting, animation, and video. Dumitrescu is an art educator and artist partner at Atlanta Contemporary.

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