Science to Street Art – Open Call for Mural Artists 

Inspired by science and discovery? Apply to have your artwork featured in the Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus, a prominent location that welcomes more than 700,000 visitors per year. In an initiative through UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), a mural will be created to feature innovative science, focusing on the past, present and future contributions of Wisconsin’s diverse communities and individuals to advancing science and technology.   

Science to Street Art murals 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. The murals provide non-traditional avenues for science literacy through the fusion of science and art.  The current opportunity is the result of a partnership between the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and the Morgridge Institute for Research in the Discovery Building. 

Through this call for artists, a review panel made up of UW-Madison researchers, artists, and community stakeholders will select a local artist or group of artists. The selected artist will collaborate with the review panel to finalize the mural concept (Dimensions: 13.5’ L x 48.5” W ).  Scientists will be available to offer their subject matter expertise.  

The selected artist or artist team will receive an $18,000 stipend. All expenses, including materials, insurance, maintenance, signage, and printing must be paid for by the artist from the stipend. Funding for the artwork comes from a grant from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. 

Emerging and established Wisconsin artists are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Artists will be selected based on the quality of artwork/artistic excellence, creativity, originality, and technical skill. We aim to select a dynamic artist or artist group whose work may encompass a broad range of art styles while representing the diversity of our scientific community.

Please note: applicants must be available April 2022 through June 15, 2022 for workshop attendance and mural creation and completion.  

Deadline for submissions, 11:00 PM, February 28, 2022.

How to submit your application:

Applications can be submitted three ways: online, email, or mailed. 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

Applications can be submitted online through the Science to Street Art Form. Please note, the online form requires applicants to have a google account.  Visit the google help center to learn how to create a Gmail account.

Application form to apply for Science to Street Art: Call for Artists Fillable Form

Option 2 – Email Application 

Email Laura 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:

Option 3 – Mail Printed Copy of Application 

Email Laura 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:
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Completed applications can be mailed to:

Laura C. Red Eagle| 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.

Interactive Flyer can be found here:  JAN2022Call4Artists