Rochester College park project seeks artist submissions

Area artists are being encouraged to submit their proposals for a 900-sq. ft. mural to be included in a public space redevelopment project on the campus of Rochester College. The winning artist will receive a cash prize of $2,500 in addition to the opportunity to create the mural.

The mural will be painted within Lake Norcentra Park on the north side of the Rochester College campus. The college is currently revamping the park located at an intersection of the Clinton River and Clinton River Trail. In addition to the mural, which will encompass two walls facing the trail, improvements to the park include bike parking and a bike repair station, boat and fishing access and improved public space and programming.

"Thousands of people will pass by the mural every day during the warm weather months, and this is our way of welcoming them in and inviting the public to make Lake Norcentra Park their own," BT Irwin, director of the Lake Norcentra Park Project, says in a statement. "It's a meeting place for the entire Rochester community to enjoy and reconnect."

Mural submissions are open from April 18 to May 27 and are accepted at www.rochestermural.org. A 13-person jury will choose three finalists in June. The winner of the mural contest will then be decided by a public vote. The mural is set to debut in September 2016.

Organizers say that the mural should represent the Rochester region. They're also looking for vibrant and colorful designs that will catch the eyes of passersby.

Lake Norcentra Park is 14 acres and includes bluffs, wetlands, and woodlands throughout its landscape. Rochester College recently partnered with Chief Financial Credit Union to improve the park, which is open to the public. It is located at 800 W. Avon Rd. in Rochester Hills.

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