Meadowbrook Park Painted Barn Quilt: Call for Proposals

Urbana Park District
Closing Date: 
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Urbana Park District is calling for proposals from local area artists to create a painted barn quilt on the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center at 2808 South Race Street in Urbana. 

This project seeks to celebrate the cultural importance of this historical art form, to provide an opportunity for a local artist to create artwork and display it in a public location, and to offer a free public event to provide the opportunity to learn about and experience art. This project was awarded an Urbana Public Arts Grant and is separate from the operating budget of the district.  

The barn quilt is intended to be replaced at a certain time depending on exposure and upkeep of the quilt. The park district will provide two MDO 4’ x8’ primed panels to the artist selected. The final quilt will need to be painted by the artist with exterior paint with UV coating. The recommended brand of paint to be used is PPG Porter Paint and the panels should be arranged with the seam being vertical. 

It is the mission of the Urbana Park District to:

  • Improve the quality of life of its citizens through a responsive, efficient, and creative park and recreation system
  • Pursue excellence in a variety of programs, parks and special facilities that contribute to the attractiveness of neighborhoods, conservation of the environment and overall health of the community 


1. Submission Deadline is July 31, 2017.

2. Conditions of entry: All artists based in Illinois are invited to apply. Artists residing or working in Champaign County and its neighboring counties may receive preference from the selection panel.

3. Quilt image may depict a traditional quilt block, a newly created quilt block, or pictures representing the history, culture, flora or fauna of Champaign County.

4. There is no entry fee to apply. Limit 3 entries per artist.

5. The chosen artist will receive a $100 honorarium and the district will reimburse them for paint and supplies up to $500. 

6. Submissions should be sent to: Community Program Manager Janet Soesbe, 505 W. Stoughton, Urbana, IL 61801

7. Each entry should include:

  • a. Artist’s contact information  
  • b. Short artist statement
  • c. List of exhibitions and awards
  • d. Description and narrative of the quilt image
  • e. Proposed image for quilt – may be hard copy of color sketch or a digital image

8. The selection panel may include Urbana Park District staff members and members of the district’s Arts and Culture Matrix Team.

9. Proposed images for selection may be a hard copy of a sketch or a .jpg file, no larger than 10MB.

10. Any shipping or delivery costs are at the expense of the artist

11. The panels will be installed on the barn by Urbana Park District staff: we will frame them with trim pieces before installation.  

12. Selected work: once the jury makes a final decision, artist and district will sign an exhibition agreement. The district and chosen artist will work together to ensure a safe and smooth installation.

13. Deadline for work to be completed: September 1, 2017. Work will be installed and have an opening celebration during the district’s Meadowbrook Jazz Walk event on Friday, September 8.

14. The Urbana Park District and selection panel reserve the right to reject any entries, to waive any proposal technicalities, or to terminate the selection process at any time for any project. 

Placement on the north side of the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, 2808 South Race Street: 

Contact Name: 
Janet Soesbe
Contact Email: