Cincinnati to Immortalize Fiona the Hippo Via Giant Mural

On Monday, the Cincinnati Zoo and Artworks, a non-profit that employs and trains young artists to help contribute to community art, announced that they are working together to create a giant mural of Ohio’s number one hippo star on a local building.

In July, Fiona’s shining, smiling face will be immortalized on the Rover the Rhine Veterinary Hospital in downtown Cincinnati. Before the first strokes can take place, ArtWorks is looking for ideas.

As part of the Cincinnati Paints by Numbers program, ArtWorks is calling for submissions from all Fiona fans. According to the website, “artists are invited to submit up to three fully rendered, full color designs for jury and public consideration” up until May 7.  These submissions must incorporate Fiona and the Cincinnati Zoo.

Following the submission phase, five finalists will be chosen and then the public will be able to vote for their favorite design for two weeks. The winner’s design will go from idea to reality with the help of ArtWorks’ talented young artists. The public also has a chance to buy tickets for a space to paint alongside the artists and contribute to this important piece of Fiona fandom.

Phase I

Call for Artistic Proposals

ArtWorks is seeking mural design concepts for our first ever Cincinnati Paints by Numbers project. Designs should feature or be inspired by our 2018 theme and partner, Fiona and the Cincinnati Zoo.

Artists are invited to submit up to three (3) fully rendered, full color designs for jury and public consideration. Designs must be able to be translated by a public audience (non-professional painters), and successful designs may include flat areas of color or be graphic in nature. Designs should be created with the specific project site and dimensions in mind. All conceptual sketches are to be preliminary and should be able to evolve and transform based on jury input. ArtWorks reserves the right to exclude any submissions from the jury and public review process as deemed necessary.

All designs must be submitted by Monday, May 7th at 12AM

Design Submission Instructions and Guidelines


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