ArtsinStark to Award $40,000 for “Super Bowl III” Mural

The ELEVEN is a public art project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrating the greatest moments in professional football history. Four of the ELEVEN moments have been completed to date. ArtsinStark is inviting any artist over 18 years of age living in Stark County to submit a concept for a $40,000 commission for moment number five: a mural to be entitled Super Bowl III.

The mural will go on the side of the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton. The artist selected will receive $5,000 for a painting or drawing of the Super Bowl III moment, and $35,000 for painting the mural on the wall. If the winning artist is not a muralist, the artist will be paid $5,000 for the design, and ArtsinStark will hire a mural team to do the installation. In addition to the winning artist, ArtsinStark will also award $500 prizes to the next top five artists.

All entries must be submitted by Monday April 10 at ArtsinStark will unveil the mural on Friday, August 4 at the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Festival. The sponsors of Super Bowl III are: The Deuble Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, Stark Community Foundation, and The Timken Foundation. For more information or questions about using the process, please contact Alaska Thompson, ArtsinStark Project Coordinator at (330) 546-3098 or

The Super Bowl III moment celebrates the year (1968) that Joe Namath, star quarterback of the AFL’s New York Jets, predicted victory over the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts and — in one of the greatest upsets in sports history — did exactly that 16 – 7. Here is an excerpt explaining it from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary Book:

At the same time the league began a regular-season schedule under lights, the spotlight shined brightly on the Jets and their star quarterback, Joe Namath. The former All-America at Alabama was the media darling of New York. His signature moment came in the days leading up to Super Bowl III following the 1968 season. The confident passer was preparing to lead his Jets team against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts. After all, the NFL had dominated the AFL in the two Super Bowls to date. Namath, when questioned by reporters about the upcoming game, brashly predicted that not only would the Jets win the game, but he “guaranteed” it. In one of the greatest upsets in sports history, Namath guided the Jets to a stunning 16-7 victory. American Football League fans on hand at Miami’s Orange Bowl for the game cheered wildly with chants of “AFL, AFL, AFL!” as the clock clicked down to the final gun.

The materials to be submitted are: 1) one page resume, 2) images of at least three previous works, and 3) a one page concept for “Monday Night Football.” The criteria used for selecting a winning concept by an artist are: a) Does it truly capture the moment? b) Is the art of the highest possibility quality? and c) Is the concept so amazing that even those visitors who don’t love football will still want to come see it?

The winner will be announced on Monday April 24, 2017, and will have 30 days from the date a contract is signed with ArtsinStark to complete the painting or drawing for the artwork. If artist is also installing the mural, it must be painted on the wall of the Cultural Center for the Arts by Monday July 31, 2017. For more information or questions, go to process, or contact Alaska Thompson, ArtsinStark Project Coordinator at (330) 546-3098 or

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