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Surfing Inspired Artists

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Call for Artists - DEADLINE :  
Surfing Inspired Artists



USA Surfing and the City of San Clemente seek artists to create two murals for the historic downtown San Clemente in celebration of the first surfing Olympic competition.

The murals will help San Clemente showcase the city as home to two Olympic surfers competing in surfing’s first Olympics this summer (Kolohe Andino and Caroline Marks) and USA Surfing – the National Governing Body for Olympic surfing.

Location #1:  102 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, CA – The area identified for the mural is the East wall facing Del Mar.  Wall Dimensions: 45’ length x 21.8’ height with horizontal break at 10 feet.

Location #2:  103 Ave. Del Mar, San Clemente, CA – The area identified for the mural is the East wall facing the alleyway and the Bartlett Building. Wall dimensions: 60 feet length x 15 feet height.

DEADLINE:  May 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  |  Submit to:

NOTE:  Artist must be available to begin project May 24, 2021 and complete work by June 15, 2021.

Eligibility:  Open to practicing professional, semi-professional artists and experienced amateur artists who have successfully completed mural project(s) for other entities.  Resume with sample of completed projects required.

Budget:  $2,500 for each location inclusive of artist and material fees

Submission Requirements:  Submit via digital form (handwritten material will NOT be considered).

Proposal Requirements:  

  • Letter of Interest – describe the artist’s interest in this project, relevant experience and vision for the project; two (2) page maximum
  • Concept Narrative – outline the approach to developing the design concept outlined in project description; one (1) page
  • Concept Design – rendering of a conceptual design
  • Resume –  current professional resume emphasizing relevant experience; two (2) page maximum
  • Work Samples – up to five (5) samples of past work in PDF or JPEG files with a maximum 72 DPI resolution
  • IMAGES – should be cataloged by the artist’s last name, followed by the number of the image as it should be viewed (for example: Jones 1, Jones 2).  An annotated image list should be included and state the title of the piece, commissioning agency, project budget, and date of artwork, medium and the dimensions of the artwork

Review/Selection Process:
Criteria for the initial selection will include artistic quality, creativity and originality of the project’s concept as well as artist demonstrating the ability to successfully execute the work in a professional manner within the construction schedule and project budget. Artists with qualified submittals may be selected for interviews prior to determining and awarding the project.  Once the Finalist has been selected, the artists will be provided a period of time to complete their final designs.


  • Deadline for Submission: May 10, 2021
  • Submit to:
  • Artist Selection: May 14, 2021
  • Project Physical Start:  May 23, 2021
  • Project Completion: June 15, 2021

Surfing is an integral part of the history and the future of San Clemente. Baseball might be the American pastime, but surfing is the San Clemente pastime. From the swell watchers to the surfboard shapers, surfing is a legacy we are proud to embrace,” said San Clemente’s economic development officer. “We are excited that this downtown mural project will highlight the impact of surfing to our town while we cheer on our American surf team from local watch parties this summer. The City is cheering for you Carissa, Caroline, Kolohe, and John John!”

“San Clemente has a historic and strong surfing and artist community,” said USA Surfing COO Andrea Swayne. “We look forward to seeing the artists’ visions come to life at the two locations. This is an exciting time for surfing and San Clemente – home of USA Surfing and two Olympic surfers.”

“We are honored to be a part of the mural project celebrating San Clemente’s influence on the world of surfing.  We wish our athletes all the best.  Go USA!” said Sam and Eugenia Kollias, owners of the commercial space at 102 Avenida Victoria.

About USA Surfing
USA Surfing is the National Governing Body for surfing in the United States, recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). USA Surfing’s mission is to promote and grow the sport of surfing and support United States athletes of all backgrounds to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American competition. USA Surfing will oversee and support America’s Olympic team as surfing makes its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and surfing and stand-up paddleboarding athletes compete in the 2019 Pan American Games.