MURAL PICTURE YOUR ART AT 2,400 SQUARE FEET Yorktown Center is searching for an artist to bring the property’s main entrance to life!

Paid Artist Opportunity Kicks-Off the 2021 Yorktown Center Mural Project!

Yorktown Center is dedicated to fostering community collaborations and partnerships. We pride ourselves as a destination that offers unique experiences in retail, entertainment, art, culture,  wellness and dining. At the heart of our center is community engagement. We view art as a catalyst for community-led conversations that shape visions for how a new, shared retail experience can come to life. By providing artist opportunities through commissions and working with a diverse group of residents, curators and creatives in all of our programming, we aim to perfect the art of creating an elevated experience to remember.

Through Yorktown Center’s Call for local Artists, we invite all artists to apply for the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor mural at our center— with all expenses paid! Reflecting the spirit of the Chicagoland Area, we encourage applications that inspire and celebrate coming together at Yorktown Center.

We seek your imagination to envision a mural that builds community and sense of connection. Join our mission in bringing an enhanced experience to life by completing the artist application below.



April 25, 2021


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A local artist or artist team who can (1) demonstrate artistic excellence, (2) complete the project on-time, and (3) within the budget allotted, are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently reside in the Chicagoland Area.


Create a larger-than-life public art piece for an outdoor environment that reflects the spirit of the Chicagoland Area, which will be seen for generations to come.

Engages community by opening a new, highly-visible destination that emanates creativity, invites interaction, empowers participation and inspires opportunities for collaboration.


Designated approximately 2,430 sq. ft. of space on the exterior wall of Yorktown Center’s main entrance, along Butterfield Road. Please see dimensions of the wall area[s] in the photo below. All artist applicants must consider the location and site area as-is in their submitted design. In addition to providing a thoughtful visual of your design, artists should specify any surface preparation[s] needed prior to painting — such as primer or base paint color, etc.


Submissions should present a design that is compelling and relevant throughout the year and across all day and night hour lighting. The selected artist or artist team will be featured and promoted among our community of artist collaborators – joining a roster of talent from across the country!

  • Click on the Mural Application button above and complete the form on the next page.
  • All fields of the application must be submitted online, in digital format only. Mailed applications will not be considered. Renderings should be at-scale and may be completed digitally or drawn by-hand and scanned. Final renderings may be sent as a link in the application or sent via Dropbox to
  • Proposed budget should be all-inclusive and account for all anticipated artist fee(s), supplies and materials, travel-related expenses and any other associated costs, including insurance. ***
  • A suitable Artist Maintenance Plan must be submitted.
  • In addition to a scaled design of the mural proposed, a brief written narrative articulating the illustrated concept is required for each submission. Your application must be thoughtful—please include detailed information envisioning your concept; type[s] of materials and their specifications; research-informed estimate of your time and material cost[s]; and a projected timeline for the project’s
  • Supporting materials, such as link(s) to your artist website, online portfolio, or links to images of past work, projects, press/media, and other applicable information is required. Samples of previous public art work[s] and projects should cite the date, size, medium, location and budget, as applicable. Visual references to previous projects or collaborations are required; personal recommendations are not essential but helpful.
  • In addition to your online application submission, upload a video to your Instagram page and tag @yorktowncenter in the post. Highlight why you should be a winner of the Call for Artists in your video! Within the video and/or caption be sure to include your name and fun details about you and what inspires your art— mention where you’re from, how long you have been based in the Chicagoland area, and please include examples of past work so we can better see your vision for the Yorktown Center mural project. Please include a link to your Instagram video in your artist application form submission. The best video will win $500! Include the hashtag #YesToYorktown.

The deadline for artist application submissions is
April 25, 2021.


Artists will retain all ownership of their artwork and any design ideas incorporated within this application at the time of submission. Upon selecting an artist or artist team, a contract will be executed and signed by the artist and Yorktown Center. At the time a contract is awarded, the ownership of the design and the artwork produced, in this case the public/private art mural project, will become the property of Yorktown Center.

Thoughtful consideration and various perspectives will be solicited to discuss and determine which artist candidate(s) best meet the Yorktown Center mural project goals and objectives. The final selections will be made by a small committee comprised of members representing the Village of Lombard, DuPage Visitor’s and Convention Bureau, Pacific Retail and Yorktown Center.

Financial compensation and insurance for completion of the mural will be executed in accordance with the agreed upon contract between the artist(s) and the center. A suitable Artist Maintenance Plan must be submitted. A sample maintenance plan is included for reference.


If you have a question or concern that isn’t addressed above, please email us HERE.