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2021 Public Mural RFQ

‘Oskaloosa’s Musical History’


Fine Arts And Cultural Events (FACE) of Mahaska County is pleased to announce a request for qualifications for artists to design and execute an exterior public mural just off the historic Oskaloosa City Square. This call is open to those with professional experience in public art or painting. The theme of the mural will be the rich musical heritage of Oskaloosa, Iowa.


All interested applicants must respond to this request for qualifications with an artist resume and at least 3 photographic examples of prior work.  Please fill out and submit the online form found at 


Three finalists will be selected to compete. Detailed project description will be presented to the three artists selected to complete proposals.  

A $250.00 honorarium will be awarded to each finalist.  



The mural will be approximately 12 ft high by 24 ft wide on the western brick exterior of the NuCara Home Medical building at 113 High Avenue East in Oskaloosa.  A photograph of the wall is below.


Selection Process

RFQ applications will be reviewed by the FACE mural committee.  This committee consists of professional artists and community leaders. Three finalists will be selected to create original designs for the mural.  An honorarium of $250 will be given to each finalist for researching and mocking up their designs.  


Final proposals will be reviewed by the FACE Mural Committee and the building owner. 

Criteria used to select the artist/design include a detailed budget, artistic merit, creativity, demonstrated ability and technical knowledge required to execute the painting and the artist’s interpretation of the theme. 


The selected artist will work with the FACE mural committee to present the design to municipal leaders for approval by the Oskaloosa Historical Preservation Committee.



The mural wall will be tuck-pointed and painted with a solid base coat prior to the commencement of work.  All other costs will be borne by the artist.  The total proposed budget should consider costs for materials, equipment, travel, for the painting and sealing of the mural, all the responsibility of the artist. 


The selected muralist will receive $8,000.00 in total compensation for the project, 50% of which will be paid prior to work commencing with the signing of a letter of agreement and the remaining 50% being paid upon the mural’s satisfactory completion.


Entries must be original designs suitable for viewing by all ages, and artists must demonstrate their ability to hand paint their designs through the images they submit during the RFQ selection process. 


Project Timeline

  • RFQ Application Deadline-  5pm March 5th

  • Three Finalists Selected and Notified- March 6th

  • Final Proposals Due- 5pm March 15th

  • Mural Completed- July 1st


Application Deadline

RFQ – Due Date  March 5th.  All applications must be electronically submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 5th, 2021. An artist’s resume and photos of previous work are required to apply.  Target completion date is July 1st, 2021.  Final installment of payment will be on completion of the mural. 



Additional Information

For questions or to request additional information, email

For more information about FACE of Mahaska, visit our website

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