UpStream Art Artist Application

Welcome artists!

We can’t wait to see your ideas for UpStream Art 2024! Four artists will be selected and compensated $1,500 each for the successful completion of their mural.

To apply:

  1. Review the UpStream Art FAQ & Rules posted on this website.
  2. Create an original sketch or graphic of your mural idea on this year’s theme: “Show a connection between humans and waterways through a storm drain. An optional prompt, if you choose to use it, is the slogan ‘Clean Rivers Start Here.’” Ensure you can finish painting your mural during the assigned times (spanning 2 days at 8-hours each day), using traffic paints provided by the City. The artwork must include the following information somewhere in the design:

• City of Springfield

  1. Click the blue button below to download the UpStream Art Artist Application. Then complete it.
  2. Email your (a) completed application and (b) original art design, along with any optional materials, by midnight on Wednesday, August 14, 2024. Details are on page 2 of the Artist Application under “Submitting your entry.” If you have technical issues, consider using the free computer stations at Springfield Public Library, or contact us at 541-726-3693.
  3. If you do not receive an emailed confirmation within 72 hours of submittal, there may have been a problem. Phone 541-726-3693 to check on the status of your application.

Virtual Tour

Explore UpStream Art from the comfort of home with our official UpStream Art Virtual Tour!

Artist Rae Matagora painting during the 2022 UpStream Art project

Artist’s schedule

UpStream Art Artist Application due: Midnight on Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Artists notified of selection: Week of September 2, 2024 or thereafter
Artist Contract finalized and returned to the City: 5pm on Friday, September 13, 2024
UpStream Art mandatory Artist Orientation: 6pm, Wednesday, September 11, 2024, held online
Final design modifications due
(based on assigned mural location):
5pm on Monday, September 16, 2024
Mural painting:

8am to 4pm, Thursday, September 19, 2024


8am to 4pm, Friday, September 20, 2024

All art must be completed: 4pm, Friday, September 20, 2024 (ok to finish sooner)

Artist’s process to enter:

Please email your completed (a) UpStream Art Artist Application and (b) original design as follows:
Due date: Midnight on Wednesday, August 14, 2024
Subject line: UpStream Art
Send to the address:
File specifications:
  • A clear, in-focus, color-accurate representation of your idea. May be a scan, photograph, or digitally rendered file. For your colors: the City will provide water-soluble traffic paints in red, yellow, blue, white, and black, and they mix well.
  • Remember to add “” and “City of Springfield” somewhere.
  • TIFF, JPG, PDF, or other flattened format.
  • 200 dpi or more.
Maximum email size: 25MB
Optional information
you might also like to send:
  • Optional reference photos that may familiarize the judges with your work.
  • If the design is a digital drawing, consider including photos or links to paintings you’ve done. This can help judges determine the criteria: “feasibility of creating the work within the timeframe (16 hours).”
  • If you win, you will be asked to provide: A headshot-style photo for the website and other promotions. In focus, good lighting, ideally smiling and making eye contact with the camera. Showing some personality is great. Minimum size 4-inches on the shortest side and 300dpi (larger is great too).

Additional questions?

You may contact us at and please put “UpStream Art” in the subject line.