Thread, a downtown development company dedicated to advancing community through revitalization, is sponsoring the $10,000 commission for a mural, installation or combination of the two. Photos of the property under renovations can be seen on Thread’s Facebook page. Proposals and conceptual sketches for the project must be received no later than Sept. 30.

The original piece is being commissioned for an exterior wall on their historic property at 265 Main St. in downtown Biddeford. Engine, a community arts organization in Biddeford, is assisting with coordinating and jurying the entries. The mural, installation, or combination of the two being commissioned is for the east wall of the property. Both two- and three-dimensional concepts, or a combination, will be considered. Proposals that utilize a greater portion of the east wall will be considered. Engine’s website has photographs of the wall and further specs.

The mural or installation may be traditional or contemporary in nature; the foremost criterion for selection is artistic excellence. The winning concept will likely show an understanding of and sensitivity toward the unique spirit of the building — originally a mercantile and then a furniture store fondly remembered as the Potter’s Building — and also of Biddeford, a former textile industry mecca currently in the throes of revitalization.

Only one proposal will be selected for the commission; two additional proposals will be chosen as finalists and publicized. Proposals must include conceptual sketches that are very close to what the final piece will resemble when executed. The winning artist must be able to either execute or oversee the execution of their proposal.

The jury will include representatives from Thread, Engine, Maine College of Art and the Maine Arts Commission. The winning proposal will receive a $10,000 payment, in negotiated allotments, to execute the proposal. The winning artist will be asked to enter into a contractual agreement with Thread that outlines the project’s scope and deadlines.

Respondents must submit: a narrative proposal (two-page maximum); conceptual sketches (PDFs); a budget; and a résumé. Materials may be submitted via email to or by mailed to Engine, 41 Franklin Street #1, Biddeford, ME 04005.

All artists residing in Maine and 18 years of age or older are eligible. For more information, contact Tammy Ackerman, executive director of Engine, at or 229-3560.