Open Artist Calls

Ogden City is seeking submissions from artists of any kind to create art and designs for the Spike 150 Celebration.

On May 9-11, 2019, the City of Ogden will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the nation’s First Transcontinental Railroad. The City of Ogden invites artists and students to create and submit designs for a commemorative poster, and or an art design that will be wrapped on utility boxes around downtown Ogden.

On May 10, 1869, two railroads, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, joined in the desert of Promontory, Utah uniting East Coast with West Coast more than three thousand miles away. Similar to the first lunar landing one hundred years later, the completion of the railroad carried immense symbolism for the United States. However, it was more than an abstract symbol; it also physically transformed the nation and the State of Utah and in turn the City of Ogden.  

Over 150 years later, the Transcontinental Railroad and the railroading industry continues to play an essential part in the shaping of Ogden’s and Utah history. The railroad led to the socioeconomic diversity seen in Ogden from the 1870s up to today. Nine rails coming from all over the country to Ogden, exposed Ogden’s people to various cultures, ideas and industries forever changing the cultural and economic landscape of Ogden’s community and Utah.

Visionary artists are invited to be a part of the 150th anniversary by submitting artwork for consideration.

Budget

A $1,000 artist honorarium will be awarded for the winning commemorative poster design, and up to 10 artists will receive a $400 artist honorarium for the utility box project. 

Submissions are due March 1, 2019

For more information about each call please use the links below:

Utility Box Art Call

Spike 150 Commemorative Poster Contest