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City of Marion Announces Mural District Awards

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MARION – As part of the ongoing downtown revitalization efforts, the City of Marion solicited artists from near and far to submit concepts for the Marion Mural District located within the 2-block radius of Tower Square Plaza. The City of Marion recognizes the potential of art as a catalyst to revitalize public spaces, bring the community together and to stimulate economic development.

Each artist received an award amount of $1,500 for their concept to be used on the buildings. Artists additionally will receive funds to construct their artwork. The artists’ construction commission varies depending on estimated time, scale, complexity, artist experience and additional resources needed from the City.  

The solicitation period was from February 1-March 7. Sixty seven artists submitted concepts, with a total of over 300 concepts submitted and processed. The concepts came from 11 states and as far as Mexico. All artwork was stripped of identifying information and giving an identification number to allow for the most fair scoring procedure. A committee was assigned to each building that scored each concept on artistic merit (55 points), marketability (15 points), theme (10 points) and technical feasibility (10 points). After final scores were determined, they were reidentified with the artist to provide additional points for residency (10 points for 62959 zip code, 5 points for those living in the zip codes starting with 629; 628; 622; and 624). 

For more information about this project, contact Community Programs Director, Allison Hasler at

The following artists were awarded:

Tower Square Pizza: “A Slice of America” by Madeline Deiters, Marion IL


M Boutique: “Ikebana Series” by DAAS, Austin TX


Future Marion City Hall: “Greetings From…” by Shawn Vincelette, Atlanta GA


The Goodall Building: “End of a Shift” by Shawn Vincelette, Atlanta GA


Perfectly Posh: “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe” by Rebecca Williams, Johnston City IL


Marion Cultural and Civic Center: “A Night to Remember” by Matt “Kiptoe” Dean, Yucca Valley CA


Swinford Publications Building: “Postcards from the Past” by Kris Killman, Marion IL


John Brown’s on the Square: “Let it Ride” by DAAS, Austin TX


Bennie’s Italian Foods: “On Top of Spaghetti” by Jordan Murphy, West Frankfort IL