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ArtWorks Seeks Muralists for New Year-Round Opportunity

Photo by Sandra Okot-Kotber.

This year, ArtWorks will launch its first ever year-round employment studio, providing youth (ages 18 – 24) with consistent employment for an entire year. ArtWorks is seeking 10 Junior Muralists who will fulfill a range of client services with a focus on mural design and production under the guidance of the Mural Studio Manager. This unmatched opportunity will enable emerging artists with an interest in mural design, client management, enterprise, and production to work.

The program offers a unique opportunity for Junior Muralist to develop towards a career in the arts. Junior Muralists will learn all aspects of a mural project from client management, design, production, and budgeting. The artists employed will have the opportunity to hone their craft pitching themselves as artist to various clients. Junior Muralists will additionally support executing client projects working as a tight knit team in an ongoing basis.

In addition, to direct work supporting mural and painting projects, Junior Muralist will have the opportunity to engage in a series of professional development opportunities. Workshops will include everything from career essentials like resume, cover letter, and portfolio development to enterprise specific topic like budgeting, client management, and networking opportunities.

This program will have a flexible schedule through the year, ArtWorks is seeking artists that are able to commit to working through the pilot year of this program. Junior Muralists will be required to attend weekly meetings with full team and commit to working approximately 12 hours each week through the program.


Job Title: Junior Muralist

Salary Range: $15 per hour (approx. 12 hours each week)

Job Type: Part-time, Non-Exempt

Location: ArtWorks Solway Studios, 424 Findlay Street, Cincinnati, OH 45214

Reports to: Mural Studio Manager

Start date: June 6, 2022

Application Deadline: May 9, 2022  Now Extended until May 12 at 11:59 p.m.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly meetings for the Mural Studio.
  • Proactively communicate your schedule to the Mural Studio Manger.

Design & Production

  • Learn the various aspects of mural design and production to interior and exterior mural and painting projects.
  • Create design concepts and final designs, as assigned.
  • Respond to critiques, feedback of artwork, and adjust to client needs and ArtWorks art production standards.
  • Develop a personal portfolio of design work as related to mural projects.

Career Readiness

  • Attend career readiness and professional development opportunities through the year. This may include opportunities outside of the standard work schedule.
  • Complete professional development program milestones, including portfolio reviews, cover letter and resume workshops, networking opportunities, and artist talks.
  • Participate in completing reviews, and program evaluations and surveys.

Client Management

  • Learn the various aspects of client relationship management including how to determine project scope, expectations, deadlines, pricing and budget development, and invoicing of clients.
  • Establish and maintain positive client relationships.
  • Support the development and pitching of project proposals/presentations and creative briefs.
  • Support ongoing communication amongst the Mural Studio Manager, client, and Artists/Designers (when needed).
  • Act as an ArtWorks ambassador to current and potential clients and guests.


Qualifications and experiences:

  • Must be between 18 and 24 years old at the start of employment
  • Commitment to ArtWorks’ mission, vision, values, culture and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility Plan
  • 1 – 2 years of art classes at high school or college level, or equivalent independent practice
  • Experience managing projects, design process, and clients from start to completion
  • Experience collaborating on art projects or willingness to work in a team production environment
  • Basic knowledge of – Illustrator, Photoshop, Coral Paint, and Procreate a plus, but not required
  • Must be willing to work outside of normal business hours when needed
  • Ready and willing to learn from and work with professional artists
  • Required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to the first day of employment. The vaccination series should be completed no later than 14 days prior to the first day of employment. Proof of vaccination or valid exemption will be required if hired. Please reach out to if you have questions.


Skills and abilities:

  • Basic organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to manage time well, particularly while managing competing priorities
  • Proficiency with MS Word and PowerPoint, Excel is a plus
  • Adhere to ethical behavior and business practices
  • Detail oriented
  • Curious about facts and trends; a continuous learner
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, solve problems, produce art, and execute projects
  • Interest in learning and developing client management skills
  • Creative, flexible, and innovative


The Payoff:

  • Be part of an amazing mission and make a mark in transforming the Greater Cincinnati region with public art, building community, and investing in young artists
  • Help build a future home for ArtWorks with a site for permanent art studios, gallery, and event space to build a more vibrant community
  • Be part of a dynamic team that embraces a growth mindset
  • Be part of a collaborative, creative and flexible work culture that is people centered.
  • Join a team that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in community-centered work that creates positive change. Read our full commitment here.

To Apply:

  • Click here to apply. Please include: cover letter, resume, 5 portfolio samples, three references. Please include images in a single PDF no larger than 4MB of your art that show your distinct style and range as an artist. Upload using the additional materials button.

Application Deadline: May 9, 2022 May 12, 2022, 11:59 p.m., EST.

Apply to be a Junior Muralist Here

About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization collaborates with community organizations and residents, businesses, governments, foundations and nonprofits to build creative works of art that bolster the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks employs professional artists who inspire and mentor diverse teams of youth, ages 14-21, helping them build 21st century career-readiness skills. These teams have completed more than 14,000 public and private art projects in its 26 years, including more than 200 permanent outdoor murals.