Downtown Window Art: Call for Proposals

Mosaic Lowell, in collaboration with the City of Lowell, invites Lowell-practicing artists to submit qualifications to be considered for a commission to paint a window in an unoccupied commercial space downtown in advance of Folk Festival weekend.

We anticipate up to 20 windows to be available for images and will  select  local artists to fill the space available. Total commission is $500, including cost of materials.

Submit your qualifications online to Mosaic Lowell by using the following link: by Friday, July 9, 2022 to be considered.


Images will be painted from the inside and should be completed with tempura paint and/or window markers. Experience with reverse painting will be helpful but not required. Artist may be responsible for cleaning the painting surface but will not be responsible for removal. Mosaic Lowell will provide a small sign for the corner of the window indicating information about the project, including artist’s name.

Art will be temporary and will remain up for at least several weeks. Please note that some may need to be removed sooner than others per landlord request and/or if space becomes occupied.


  • This call for art is open to any Lowell-practicing artist.
  • Contracts will be executed by the City of Lowell. (to view the contract, click here)
  • Site Dimensions: Exact window sizes vary, but image sizes should range from 16-30 square feet. Images do not have to be covering the entirety of the assigned window but should be impactful.
  • Artwork cannot feature any commercial, political, sexually explicit, or religious content and should be appropriate for viewers of all ages.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a volunteer committee that includes representatives from downtown businesses, artists, and residents.
  • The budget for this project is $500 per window, including materials.


Locations are still being finalized, but we anticipate will include storefronts on Merrimack, Market, and/or Middle Streets.

Some examples of windows that may be included in this project:


  • Deadline for submissions:  Friday, July 9, 2022
  • Selection and award:  Friday, July 16, 2022
  • Project must be completed by: Wednesday, July 27, 2022


Submit applications online through this link: OR via email to

Proposals must be received by Friday, July, 9, 2022 at 5:00PM and must include:

  • Name and contact information—phone number, email, address (home or studio), and links to online presence (website, Instagram, and/or Facebook)
  • Conceptual description and/or sketch of proposed artwork OR 2-5 digital images in jpg format of applicant’s related work

Please contact with any questions.