Drawing on local talent

Fort Worth artists help pretty up bustling West 7th development

Fort Worth artists help pretty up bustling West 7th development

Crockett Row at West 7th Fort Worth
Crockett Row at West 7th wants to get more colorful. Photo courtesy of Crockett Row

A popular Fort Worth destination for shopping, dining, and socializing wants to look even more attractive. Crockett Row at West 7th​ is looking for artists who want to lend their talents to its new public art program.

The development's goal, it says, is to establish a mixed-medium outdoor gallery that celebrates Fort Worth's creativity and community, and to do so, it will collaborate with emerging and established artists on projects throughout the space. First will be a series of three murals, to be completed this summer.

Here's who and what, specifically, they are looking for: "selected artists to create engaging, inspirational and colorful murals that capture the energy of its location in the thriving Cultural District."

Two murals will be located at the Currie Street entrance of the north parking garage and the other one will welcome visitors outside of the forthcoming food hall.

Artists can apply and learn more about the guidelines at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's website. Submissions are due May 18, and selected artists will be notified by May 31.

Crockett Row, which is across the street from the city's big museums in the Cultural District, has supported the local arts scene with annual events like the Chalk Art Festival. Since 2014, it has also been home to ART7, a satellite gallery of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, a division of the Arts Council of Fort Worth.

“The installation of new public art is the natural next step in Crockett Row’s progression as a Cultural District destination,” says Monica Bermea, the marketing director at Crockett Row, in a release. “We look forward to working together with many talented artists to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor gallery.”

Other upcoming art-focused Crockett Row projects include a kids’ art wall designed to inspire children's creativity; the city’s first “Before I Die” wall where locals and visitors can share their hopes for the future; neon lighting in the paseos; a signature mural to inspire social media sharing; and yarn-bombing, a type of street art.