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Artist Sought for New Mural Project

Friday, April 30, 2021

In partnership with the Hillsborough Tourism Development Authority, the Orange County Arts Commission is seeking a mural artist to design and install a mural on an exterior wall of the building at 109 E. King St. The selection panel intends to choose an artist to create a mural that captures the rich history of Hillsborough as well as The News of Orange County, a local newspaper publication that has been in production since 1893, which is housed in the building.

“COVID-19 really put a damper on our ability to invite visitors to come and threatened the success of our small businesses,” Hillsborough Economic Development Planner Shannan Campbell said. “The Tourism Development Authority had funds available from fall events that were not able to be held, so they wanted to have another mural installed. The hope is that the mural gives folks another reason to come explore Hillsborough, do some shopping, and grab a bite or a pint. We’re grateful to Womack Publishing and News of Orange Editor Dale Edwards for agreeing to partner with us, as well as Orange County Arts Commission and the volunteer selection panel members.”

Interested artists can find the request for qualifications on the Orange County Arts Commission’s website. Three finalists will be selected by a panel and asked to create a preliminary design for the mural for a fee of $325. A final artist and design will be chosen from the three finalists. The mural will then be reviewed by the Historic District Commission for a Certificate of Appropriateness before installation can commence. The Hillsborough Tourism Development Authority has authorized $6,000 for the installation of the mural.

Applications are due May 26. The mural likely will be installed in September or October.