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RailRiders & Lackawanna County Call for Artists

Mural Painting Contest to Showcase Talents at PNC Field
January 16, 2014

Moosic, Pa. - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and Lackawanna County are sponsoring an indoor mural competition for the entrance of the Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field. The mural will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 2 at the annual "Meet the RailRiders" event. Experienced mural artists are invited to submit designs capturing the essence of baseball, community and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Three finalists will be chosen by a selection committee before the public votes on the winning design from Feb. 14-24. The winning artist(s) will paint the mural during the month of March. All supplies and materials will be provided, including scaffolding. The winning artist will receive a cash award of $5,000 to paint the mural and two RailRiders 2014 season tickets. In exchange for the award, the winner will agree to transfer intellectual property rights of the design to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The RailRiders will have the rights to reproduce and distribute the design.

"We are excited about this partnership with Lackawanna County," said RailRiders president/GM Rob Crain. "There is a ton of creativity right here in NEPA. I can't wait to see the submissions and all the more involve the community as much as possible in PNC Field".

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and NEPA residents including the counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Pike, Wayne or Susquehanna. Artists MUST have previous experience painting murals. Applicants without previous experience will not be considered.

INFO SESSIONS: Two information sessions will be held so potential applicants can see the space and ask questions. These are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Contact program coordinator Chris Calvey to reserve a spot at 570-963-6590 x106 or e-mail [email protected].

DEADLINE: Monday, Feb. 10 - no extensions will be granted.  

CONTACT: Deputy dir. of arts & culture Maureen McGuigan: [email protected] or 570-963-6590 x102.


Submit the following through e-mail to [email protected]. Attachments should be formatted with the file name yourlastnamemural.pdf.

A) Art work as high-quality .jpegs of at least 300 dpi. Do not put your name in the design/artwork itself. 

B) Artist information as a PDF. The file should be no more than four pages long with 12-point font including:

1) Name

2) Address

3) If part of a team please list additional artist name(s)

4) Phone number

5) E-mail address

6) Website (if applicable)

7) Where you learned of this opportunity

8) Title of work (if applicable)/Description of work

9) Experience in working on mural projects (can also include a bio or resume)

10) Two references who can comment on your work as a muralist

11) If you carry liability insurance

C) A detailed list of supplies as a PDF with an itemized budget of the supplies needed (paint, sealant, tools). Scaffolding will provided by the RailRiders.


Theme and Style

The RailRiders are seeking an eye-catching unique mural for the entrance of the Mohegan Sun Club and suite level at PNC Field. Design should be family-friendly and should capture the magic of baseball, Northeastern Pennsylvania (RailRiders baseball, landscape, history, heritage, people etc.) and a sense of community. Some concepts to consider in creating the design are whimsical, lively, excitement, colorful, impressionistic, community, family and NEPA region. There is no restriction on number of colors or color palette.

Location and Description

The mural will be located at the indoor entrance of the Mohegan Sun Club & suite level at PNC Field. The club is the premier VIP game-day destination offering club seats, a social VIP club and private suites. The Mohegan Sun Club is also used on non-game days to host an array of special events from board meetings to wedding receptions. Over 100 non-game day events were held in the club space in 2013, and the RailRiders anticipate that number growing in 2014. The mural will be featured on a large wall - approximately 21' (h) x 30' (w) - in the front stairwell. The location can be seen from both inside the club and outside in the ballpark plaza. Glass windows allow the entrance of significant sunlight.


Jan. 16 - Artist call goes out

Jan. 23 - First info session (morning) 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Jan. 28 - Second info session (evening) 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 - Application due

Feb. 12 - Panel meeting to select finalists

Feb. 14 - Public voting starts (Top three images on website)

Feb. 24 - Public voting ends

Feb. 25 - Winning artist contacted

Week of Feb. 25-Meeting with winning artist to go over details of implementation and schedule

Month of March - Painting of mural

The RailRiders' 2014 season begins on Thursday, April 3 when the club kicks off a seven-game road trip at Syracuse against the Chiefs (Washington Nationals).The home slate commences a week later on Thursday, April 10 when the Chiefs visit PNC Field for a four-game series and homestand. For season ticket information or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit

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