Guidelines & Eligibility


Interested artists, art organizations, or schools must complete the application online which can be found at the ACC website: Hard copy applications will not be accepted. The application includes the following information which will need to be completed:

A. Artist Name
B. Street Address, City, State, Zip Code  
C. Email & Phone
D. How did you hear about this Call for Artists?
E. Have you painted a Glendale utility box in the past? Have you painted utility boxes for any other City than Glendale? Please list.
F. In the past 10 years, have you been convicted of a felony? (“Convicted” includes a verdict of guilty by a judge or jury, a plea of guilty, a plea of nolo contendere, or a forfeiture of bail.)
G. Proposed Artwork Information

Please tell us about your proposed utility box artwork. Include the title of the proposed artwork.

H. Please upload a high resolution image of your proposed utility box artwork. Artwork must match the template provided.

I. Please list links to your artwork, including murals, utility boxes, painting, digital artwork, etc.


Artists and artist groups may request a specific or series of utility box location(s) on the application but are not guaranteed a specified location.


The Beyond the Box - Mural Art Program is designed to encourage community pride and beautify neighborhoods. Murals will be installed in a public place and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.

The following guidelines should be followed:


  • The artwork that is included in the application must resemble the art that will be painted on the box.

  • Because the size of the utility box may vary slightly, be prepared to adjust your artwork to the size of the box.

  • The City of Glendale, or its contractors, must have access to the components in the utility box at all times.

  • Some utility boxes may have locks and control panels that will have to remain free of any art image.

  • Artists may want to block off the utility box to keep the public from brushing against wet paint, but care should be given to leave at least five (5) feet of the sidewalk open for pedestrians and compliance with ADA requirements.

  • When washing or painting the utility box, it should be done in a manner that no moisture gets inside the box through any vents. There are sensitive electronic components in the box.

  • The vents should not be covered so as not to restrict airflow from the cabinet.  Ventilation keeps the utility box from overheating.

  • Door hinges should be painted so as to not lock the door in place.

  • The levers/handles/keyholes on the utility boxes should not have any coating over them.

  • Artwork using a majority of dark colors cannot be considered due to the potential for overheating of the utility boxes.



Artists are responsible for prepping and painting the utility boxes, but the City will contract to have the boxes cleaned and one coat of metal primer applied before the date specified in the timeline below.


Artists will need to apply a colored base coat. Several sequential steps will be needed to complete the project. Including 1. Sand, 2. Prime, 3. paint with acrylics, 4. finish with an anti-graffiti clear coat. Artists are responsible for the cleanup of their area and the safe disposal of all paint materials.

Artists may only use acrylic paint: Golden or Liquitex high viscosity paint, lightfastness 1, with low sheen, eggshell or satin finish. Artists are responsible for applying a coat on top of the mural of Liquitex Soluvar. This is not permanent varnish, but is weather and UV resistant and will enable better graffiti to clean off if needed. Airbrush and spray equipment are not allowed for the murals. 

Below is a comprehensive checklist of highly recommended supplies for the best painting outcome and your personal comfort. This may not be a complete list as all artists work differently:


  • Approved Utility Box/ Art signage to identify the artist while working

  • Paint Stool or chair for comfort

  • Bucket to hold water for paint brushes

  • Paint brushes

  • Painters tape, masking tape

  • Drop cloth or plastic sheeting, newspaper for protecting surrounded area

  • Biodegradable cleanser

  • Rags and/or paper towels

  • Shade/umbrella


Artist will be contacted if graffiti is discovered to discuss options for graffiti removal. The City cannot be held responsible for damage caused by graffiti removal. The City may remove a mural from a utility box, at any time, for any one or more of the following reasons:

  • The City determines that the mural falls under any one or more of the reasons listed under “Ineligible Entries”;

  • The mural or any part of it:

    • Endangers public safety or poses a public safety hazard;

    • Possess a demonstrated fault in workmanship;

    • Requires excessive or unreasonable maintenance;

    • Is damaged irreparably (including vandalism or graffiti), or to an extent that restoration is unreasonable or impractical;

  • The utility box owner requests removal; or

  • The utility box is damaged or needs maintenance, repair, modification, or replacement

INELIGIBLE ARTWORK (click for more information)


Beyond the Box Application Opens                                             
August 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Beyond the Box Application Closes                                            
September 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Beyond the Box – Artist Review and Selection Committee        
September 28 - 30, 2020

Beyond the Box – Artist Notifications                                          
October 2, 2020

Beyond the Box – Paperwork Completion                                  
October 5 - 9, 2020

Beyond the Box – Painting of the Murals                                    
October 16 - 18, 2020


Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of Arts & Culture Commissioners and City of Glendale representatives. Once the artwork is selected, the committee will send a notification by email and formal letter and the artist(s) will be assigned the City utility box(es). Selected artists will be notified one week after submission deadline.

SELECTION CRITERIA (click for more information)


Selected finalists will be notified by mail and/or email.  If the proposal is approved for exhibition, the applicant must sign an LAC Temporary Art Display Agreement (contract) that states the duration and location of display, describes other terms and conditions, and releases the City of any and all liability in the event of damage, loss, vandalism, or theft. 


The artwork will be exhibited on the City web site, social media, and Glendale government television GTV6, and more regionally with press releases and postings on By submitting a proposal, the Exhibitor irrevocably grants City, its officers, agents, and employees (“City and its representatives”) the unconditional right and permission to photograph, record (audio, or video, or both), broadcast, distribute, reproduce, copy, sell, exhibit, publish, and use the photographs and recordings of the artwork, in whole or in part, in any medium now or later developed, for any purpose, without charge to the City and without payment to the Exhibitor of any compensation, fee, royalty, or damages (now or later).

INSURANCE/LIABILITY (click for more information)


Please review the City’s Temporary Art Policy, which is incorporated into and made a part of this Call for Artists.

Questions about the Call for Artists can be submitted by email to: