Call to artists: Airway Heights Utility Box Art Wrap


Submission Deadline: August 8th, 2023

OVERVIEW: Airway Heights was incorporated in 1955 as a small community supporting the Galena Air Depot. The City is located within the channel scablands, which is a unique geological region where the landscape was carved and defined by the Great Missoula Floods over 13,000 years ago. The presence of Fairchild Airforce Base and the Spokane International Airport, as well as, both the Spokane and Kalispel Tribe of Indians, have shaped and defined the area and community of the nearly 12,000 people that call Airway Heights home.

The City of Airway Heights Arts Commission is seeking original designs created by area artists to cover a utility box located on the corner of S. Lawson Street and Hwy. 2 in downtown Airway Heights (See attached PICTURE). A selected artist design will be printed on vinyl and wrapped around the box by a third party design fabricator. The intent of the project is to beautify this utility box, bringing art to an otherwise utilitarian surface and giving artists an opportunity to develop a public art experience to enhance Downtown Airway Heights.

Downtown Airway Heights is defined as the area located along State Hwy. 2 to the north and south between Lundstrom Street and Lawson St. This area features some of Airway Heights original structures, build prior to incorporation in 1955.

The selected artist will be awarded $500 per box design. The Arts Commission will select the winning artist with design concept. Up to four designs per Artist will be accepted.

DESIGN GUIDANCE: The City of Airway Heights Arts Commission will review the submissions and select a winning design.

This is the first project of the newly formed City of Airway Heights Arts Commission, and will be utilizing funds dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Airway Heights.

The Airway Heights Arts Commission would like to encourage artists to celebrate and consider this history in their designs. Designs should reflect the cultural, environmental, and/or historical identity of Airway Heights.


Please contact the City of Airway Heights Arts Commission Staff Liaison.

Heather Trautman,, (509) 244-2552

Design Concepts will be selected in September and artist payments issued in October upon delivery of the final design files. Installation timeline depends on the third party vendor to print/install the wraps.

FORMAT: Original artwork must be a high-resolution digital file due to enlarging process for printing. Artists using non-digital mediums must scan or photograph original artwork to create a high-resolution digital image.

Ensure your original artwork is a vector file. 300 dpi minimum and created to the actual size to wrap the utility boxes: 67” H x 24” W x 30” D. All artwork should be formatted to match the attached TEMPLATE.

ELIGIBILITY: This call is open for artists living in the West Plains region (See attached MAP), including Airway Heights, Cheney, Four Lakes, Medical Lake, and Fairchild Airforce Base. Submitted designs must be original works of the artist and in compliance with all existing copyright laws. Because of the public nature, artwork may not contain advertising, religious art, sexual, violent or other content unsuitable for all ages and cannot convey political partisanship. Please submit a finalized artwork.


CITY/REGION: West Plains (Airway Heights, Cheney, Four Lakes, Medical Lake, Fairchild Airforce Base).

POINT OF CONTACT: Heather Trautman