Town issues call for artists to join utility box art display program

March 25, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Baker

The Town of Orangeville has put out its call for artists for the 2019 Utility Box Art Display Program.

Setting a submission deadline of May 17, the Town is looking for local artists to help beautify the community and celebrate the municipality’s vibrant arts culture. Since the popular program began in 2016, 13 different utility boxes have been transformed into colourful works of art for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The Utility Box Art Display Program is designed to recognize local artists, celebrate the Town’s culture and history, and promote Orangeville as an arts and culture hub for the region. It provides local artists with the opportunity to submit original artwork for installation on selected utility boxes, using a custom vinyl wrap process.

Winning submissions will be selected by a jury, with successful artists receiving $500 for their designs. Applicants must reside in Dufferin County and must be at least 18 years of age. 

Up to five utility boxes will be wrapped in unique and original art as part of this year’s competition with sites at Kay Cee Gardens, Riddell Road & Alder Street, College Avenue & Blind Line, Riddell Road & Montgomery Boulevard and Dawson Road & Town Line slated for upgrades.

A press release distributed by the Town states that “designs should fit the character of Orangeville and may include nature, local history, or celebration of arts and culture.” Art will be selected with consideration to scale, form, content and design relative to the site. 

Today, the Town boasts several decorated utility boxes. A list of those transformed:

•  Bit Crisp by Sharon Wadsworth-Smith, located at First Street and Hansen Boulevard

• ccessibility for All, by Paul Hogeveen, located at Hansen Boulevard and Blind Line.

• leven, by Samantha Walker, located in Alexandra Park

• azing Upwards, by Christina Clare, located at the John Street entrance of Kay Cee Gardens.

• eavy Horses, by Ellen Cameron, located at First Street and Elizabeth Street

• sabel East Side Trail, by Megan Kikuta, located at Amelia Street and Hansen Boulevard

• et’s Dance, by Sharon Wadsworth-Smith, located in Alexandra Park

• ill Creek, by Catherine Howard, located at Broadway and Mill Street

• rangeville, by Sanja Culina, located at Broadway and John Street

• now Fun, by Christine Clare, located at Bythia Street entrance of Kay Cee Gardens

• he Thrill is Gone, by Larry Kurtz, located at Broadway and First Street

• he Turbines of Amaranth, by Karey Shinn, located at Broadway and Clara Street.

Artists interested in submitting their work for the competition can find complete details at


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