A Celebration of Art

Mural Fest celebrates urban beautification and artistic talent using the powerful tool of public art. The visual impact of bold, creative designs embodies the energy of the innovative businesses and creative communities in the Creative Industries Zone.

Watch this up-close and personal video featuring 2022 Beehive Distilling artist Atentamente Una Fresa from Mexico by Team Thirteen in South Salt Lake.

Contact Us
Lesly Allen, Executive Arts Director
arts@sslc.gov
801-412-3223 

2024 EVENTS CALENDAR
Saturday May 4, 2024
MURAL WALK — Join us for a celebration of community art with 14 new murals
4:00 - 8:00 PM

Mural Fest 2024 Lineup Announced!

Thank you to all the record number of artists who applied!

We are thrilled to announce the Mural Fest 2024 Lineup!

 

 

 


Music Lineup


Mural Fest Map


Art & Ale Trail


Mural Fest Voted Best Street Art!!

Thank you to City Weekly Magazine for naming Mural Fest the Best Street Art!

Check it out and read more about all the other winners in our great state!  City Weekly’s Best of Utah 2021!

SOUTH SALT LAKE ARTS COUNCIL
arts@sslc.gov
801-412-3223

The mission of the South Salt Lake Arts Council is to unite our community through art. We strive to support local artists, provide engaging opportunities for our residents to participate in the arts, contribute to our city’s economic development by generating awareness about our existing cultural assets, and foster creative approaches to innovative growth that will remain true to the craftsman and industrial character of South Salt Lake.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are artists selected for Mural Fest?

Each year, interested artists submit a Call for Mural Artists Application. The Mural Fest Selection Committee, made up of the South Salt Lake Arts Board and other invited artists and arts administrators, reviews the applications. Annually, ten artists (or teams of artists) are chosen based on several factors, including artistic excellence, mural experience, diversity of styles, professionalism and cultural merit. We have many talented artists who apply – the final decision is always a difficult one.

Do you give equal consideration to local vs. non-local artists?

The SSL Arts Board strives to support local artists in all we do, and Mural Fest is no exception. Annually, we aim to have a healthy mix of local and non-local artists. We feel strongly about giving our local talent the opportunity to showcase their work in our community. Our national and international artists help elevate the diversity of the murals and strengthen Mural Fest’s brand identity beyond Utah.

Are mural artists paid?

Absolutely! We award a stipend to each mural artist selected. Compensation is based on the artist’s experience and the size of the wall they are painting. Additionally, we have a limited amount of funding to cover some travel expenses for visiting artists.

How are buildings for the murals chosen?

Our murals are painted within South Salt Lake’s Creative Industries Zone. Often, business or property owners will contact us to inquire about hosting a mural. When we see a wall that would be a great mural wall, we proactively reach out to building owners. We look for walls that are visible from public ways, have a limited number of structural or natural barriers and are within walking or biking distance to the other murals. Each business or property owner is asked to contribute 15-25% for additional artist compensation.

How are artists paired with building owners?

We match artists with building owners based on several factors, including how much input the owner would like to contribute to the design process, the style and artistic goals of the business and the size of the wall. We strive to place artists at locations where their style meshes well with the business and building.

Do building owners decide what the mural on their wall will look like?

No, but we do ask artists to work with the building or business owner to come up with a design that blends well with the personality and artistic goals of the business. Every building owner is different. Some owners give the artist total artistic freedom to design the mural (within Mural Fest guidelines). Others prefer some input on what the mural will look like. We highly encourage building owners to respect the artistic freedom and diversity of the artist throughout the design process. Owners do have to give final approval on the design before it goes to the Arts Board for review and approval.

Are there guidelines or themes that influence the mural designs each year?

We typically do not have a theme that artists need to consider in their design. However, we do have certain guidelines that must be followed. We ask that artwork reflect the diversity and character of South Salt Lake and add vibrancy and a sense of place to the neighborhood. Additionally, mural designs must not be deemed an advertisement for a business or product and cannot contain any themes of violence, hate or racism or be vulgar or obscene.

How long do the murals remain in the community?

Our goal is to create permanent works of art. We require all building owners to keep the mural intact for three years. We have plenty of walls to paint and do not intend to paint over any of the murals. However, South Salt Lake is experiencing a great deal of growth, which means properties will change hands and buildings may come down. We make every effort to commission walls that will live for at least three years. Unfortunately, sometimes unforeseen circumstances, such as weather, vandalism, accidents and other factors, cause an early demise of a mural.

How are the murals maintained?

We provide an anti-graffiti coating for each artist to apply when their mural is completed. We also make sure building owners know that if their mural receives any damage, vandalism or graffiti, they are to contact us before attempting to clean, fix or re-paint the mural. Contingency funds are allocated each year to cover any repair or restoration costs. The original artist is given first rights of refusal on restoration and repairs.

What other opportunities are available for artists at Mural Fest?

Aside from painting a mural, we typically have other opportunities for artists to be involved during the Mural Fest Artist Meet & Greet celebration held each May, including live mural painting and community art projects. For more information, please email arts@sslc.gov.

How can I get involved?

It takes many helping hands to pull off a great Mural Fest each year and we are always looking for willing and excited volunteers to help with a variety of duties. If you would like to become part of the Mural Fest team, please email arts@sslc.gov or sign up on the Volunteer link on the Get Involved page on themuralfest.org.