Make Mural Magic

May 3, 2021



May 16, 2021


SunWest Credit Union is sending out a call for art to Arizona artists! We need your help creating a mural for our art competition. Make mural magic with us!
Call for Art

Living near the Painted Desert, it's easy to draw inspiration from the beauty all around us. From rock formations that have been sculpted by time, to the color strokes carefully brushed along our mountains and mesas, our SunWest community is a reflection of the vibrancy we walk through each day.

Always the sculptor, time has a way of chipping away the sediment whose moment has passed to reinforce cliffs with modern strength. Since 1937, our credit union has been steeped in the magic of this state that looks unlike any other and is constantly transforming - evolving with the diversity of its landscape and people.

Like the wildflowers that thrive in our Arizona desert, our mission as a financial institution is to support those in our community, helping them bloom and grow. We are looking for a local artist to make mural magic that is representative of the integrity that endures and inspires when we stand together as a community.

SunWest Credit Union is sending out a call for art to Arizona artists! We need your help creating a mural for our art competition. Make mural magic with us!
Mural Details


Building stronger communities in Arizona through service, compassion, and integrity

Brand Statement:

We’re pushing the creative boundaries and adopting tones often not seen or heard in the financial industry. We meet our members wherever they are in life—we’re real people helping people.

Project Background:

The purpose of this mural is to inspire others to come together and to show the beauty of our community through the embodiment of our core values.

Target Audience:

This mural will be inclusive and representative of the diverse members throughout the valley and is to be considered appropriate for persons of all ages and backgrounds.

Mural Specifications:

  • The winner will replicate his or her mural on-site on a wall designated by SunWest at SunWest’s Mesa branch located at 1235 S Gilbert Rd Suite 15, Mesa, AZ 85204.
  • The size of the wall to be painted is approximately 131" width by 106" height plus 4" height baseboard, and the mural shall cover at least ninety percent (90%) of the subject wall. 
  • Materials used must be compatible for interior wall that could see high traffic.
Mural surface area will include the wall shown above and both pillars on either side of the wall.

Project Schedule:

  • Winner announced Friday, June 18, 2021
  • Mural painting begins on Monday, June 28, 2021, and must be completed by Friday, July 2, 2021. The person selected will be provided access to the inside of the branch during normal business hours and shall be responsible for providing all materials necessary to complete the mural by the timeline provided.
SunWest Credit Union is sending out a call for art to Arizona artists! We need your help creating a mural for our art competition. Make mural magic with us!
Entry Requirements

Your Application Must Include:

  1. An official entry form completed and signed (joint painting is permitted). If more than one artist, each artist must sign, but only one payment will be made by SunWest Federal Credit Union to the winner.
  2. Artist(s) resume(s)
  3. Example(s) of mural portfolio artwork

Application Period:

The application period opens on Monday, May 3, 2021 @ 10am and closes on Sunday, May 16, 2021 @ 11:59pm. Upon completion of the application period, SunWest will choose 3 finalists to advance to the design period. 


All visual artists over the age of 18 and based in Arizona are eligible. Artists must reside, or have studio space, in Arizona and provide proof of address


Winner will receive $3,000 + runners up will receive $250 each.

  1. SunWest Credit Union is managing the application process and will determine the finalists from which the winner may be selected.
  2. It is intended that THREE artists will be accepted as finalists, but SunWest reserves the right to change this number at any time. Given the subjective nature of art, SunWest may determine, in its sole opinion, that none of the submissions meet the criteria in which case there will be no winner selected. If no winner is selected, each finalist will be paid a total and final sum of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) each. SunWest’s decision shall be final. Application period closes on Sunday, May 16, 2021 @ 11:59pm. Finalists, will be notified by Friday, May 21, 2021.
  3. Design period for finalists opens Monday, May 23, 2021 @10am and closes on Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 11:59pm.
  4. Winner, if any, will be announced on Friday, June 18, 2021 by noon. If no winner is selected, SunWest shall mail each finalists their $250.00 check within three business days to the address provided by each finalist on their entry form.
  5. Mural designs must interpret the theme: “Building stronger communities in Arizona through service, compassion, and integrity.”
  6. Artists may work in any medium, but designs must be submitted as JPEG or PNG files with the max file size equating to 2MB. SunWest shall not be responsible for late or incomplete submissions, or submissions that cannot be opened.
  7. All work submitted must be original and cannot infringe on the copyright, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
  8. The winning Artist, if any, that is selected and paid by SunWest Credit Union will be required to sign a Purchase Agreement and Release and provide a 1099 Tax Form. The winning artist, if any, will be paid upon completion of the mural and SunWest’s receipt of all required documents.
  9. SunWest will, upon written request, provide an advance of funds up to $400.00 to the winner in order to purchase supplies which advance shall be deducted from the final payment of $3,000.00.
  10. Artists are required to paint in a public space starting on Monday, June 28, 2021 @ 8:30am and must complete the mural by Friday, July 2, 2021 @ 5:00pm.
  11. More than one artist may work on the mural but only one prize will be awarded, and the contribution of each artist will be deemed equal and shared. The work shall be performed in a manner that creates the least interruption to SunWest’s members and its business operations. The artist shall maintain a clean work space and clean up each night.
  12. The mural will become the property of SunWest Credit Union and it shall own all rights, title and interest to the mural.
  13. Transportation to and from SunWest Credit Union is the responsibility of the artist.
  14. SunWest will provide a $100 Visa gift card to the winning artist, if any, to be used for miscellaneous expenses incurred during the week of painting.
  15. Personal liability insurance for mural applicants is strongly encouraged and will not be provided by SunWest Credit Union.
  16. If selected as the winner, should you become unable to execute the mural design, please notify SunWest Credit Union as soon as possible.
  17. By entering the Contest, you agree to abide by the rules and decision by SunWest which will be final in all respects. SunWest reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse, disqualify or withdraw a submission at anytime. SunWest will not be responsible for any costs, expenses, injuries, damages or of losses of any kind arising out of your participation in the Contest. You agree to and hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless SunWest Credit Union, it officers, directors, agents, employees, insurance and bond companies, and its attorneys form and against all claims, losses, lawsuits, expenses, injuries or damages resulting or arising out of participation in the contest.
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