Artist Application

Science to Street Art – Call for Street & Graffiti Artists to work with UW-Madison Scientists

Applications are now open for 2020.

Apply to join a new initiative through UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). Team up with scientists to create an innovative science themed mural!

Science to Street Art murals will demonstrate a variety of ways that creative placemaking and public art can be crafted to amplify science and educational resources within the City of Madison. In 2019 WID initiated a unique partnership between the Madison Arts Commission (MAC), Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), and community stakeholders to support and celebrate the innovative creation of street art that fuses science, art, and story.

Science to Street Art is an initiative pairing street artists with UW-Madison scientists to create graffiti science themed educational murals throughout the city of Madison and beyond during the Summer of 2020. The aim is to provide non-traditional avenues for science literacy through the fusion of science and art. Mural locations prioritize underserved neighborhoods to re-energize community places, and encourage exploring the outdoors – with an emphasis on science. Mural themes will be announced with artist selection in April 2020.

Through this call for artists, a review panel made up of UW-Madison researchers, artists, and community stakeholders will identify up to three local artists, or artist groups, to create murals in collaboration with UW-Madison scientists that specialize in the mural themes’ related fields.

Selected artists or artist groups who participate will receive up to $2,000 grant/stipend – per mural – and will have their work permanently exhibited throughout Dane County.

Emerging and established Dane County artists are welcomed and encouraged to apply. All art street art forms are encouraged to apply, an area of interest is artists within hip-hop and graffiti art forms. Artists will be selected based on the quality of artwork/artistic excellence, creativity, originality, and technical skill. We aim to select a dynamic and exciting group of artists whose work will showcase a broad range of street art styles that represent a diversity of creative voices, while expressing a high standard of artistic excellence. Please note: applicants must be available May 2020 through July 2020 for workshop attendance and mural creation.

2020 Anticipated Timeline:
Call released: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Deadline to apply: Deadline to apply: Monday, April 6, 2020
Selection announced: no later than Friday, April 17, 2020
Street artists & scientists mural drafting workshops: May or June, 2020

Mural Implementation: June-September 2020

How to submit your application:

Applications can be submitted three ways: online, email, or mailed. Online and email submissions must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, April 6, 2020. Mailed applications must be post marked no later than Monday, April 6, 2020th. Please note, all applications will receive a confirmation email – please follow-up with the Science to Street Art staff if you have not received a confirmation within five days of submission. 

Option 1 –Online Application (Due by 11:59pm on July 22, 2019)

Applications can be submitted online through the Science to Street Art Form. 

Please note, the online form requires applicants to have a google account.

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Application form to apply for Science to Street Art:

Option 2 – Email Application (Due by 11:59pm on July 22, 2019

Email Ginger for a downloadable PDF version of the application. Please include uploads as attachments when submitting the form via email. Completed applications can be emailed to:

Application form to apply for Science to Street Art: Contact Ginger at

Option 3 – Mail Printed Copy of Application  (Must be post marked no later than July 22, 2019)

Email Ginger for a downloadable PDF version of the application. Please include attachments as printed material (work samples/work descriptions/resume) when mailing your submission. 

Application form to apply for Science to Street Art: Contact Ginger at

Completed applications can be mailed to: 

Ginger Ann, Executive Director | Illuminating Discovery Hub

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

330 N. Orchard Street

Madison, WI 53715

Printed copies of the application are available by request – please email to request a hard copy or if you have any questions regarding the application process.