Arts Council teams with Kroger for mural contest

The Columbus Area Arts Council is partnering with the Kroger on a mural project for its new location under construction at 3060 N. National Road. Geri Handley, the council’s marketing manager, says that local artists are invited to submit a bio and examples of their work to the Arts Council by May 20. She says that three finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges and asked to submit a proposal for the finished artwork. The design of one artist will be selected for installation as a wall mural inside the new store.

Eligible individuals must be age 18 or older and live, work or attend school in Bartholomew County. Handley says that stipends of $250 each will be given to three finalists to produce full proposals. A $7,500 commission will be awarded for the winning artist to create their design at the new Kroger store. Complete guidelines and a site plan may be found on the Arts Council’s website, at

This mural project is just one of many for Kroger. The company says its goal is to have an interior mural completed by a local artist in 65 of their new stores across the country this year.