Cosign Project calls for Artists!

What is CoSign? The CoSign project is a collaboration among the American Sign Museum, The Iowa City Downtown District, the City of Iowa City, presenting sponsor MidWestOne Bank and the greater Iowa City community to design and install a critical mass of new business signage in the downtown district to increase economic activity in the […]
What is CoSign?
The CoSign project is a collaboration among the American Sign Museum, The Iowa City Downtown District, the City of Iowa City, presenting sponsor MidWestOne Bank and the greater Iowa City community to design and install a critical mass of new business signage in the downtown district to increase economic activity in the community. The signage will be created by a unique partnership of teams consisting of a small business owner, a visual artist and a professional sign fabricator, all coordinated through the leadership and expertise of the American Sign Museum and ICDD.

How do I participate? 

To participate in CoSign, artists must attend an informational workshop on March 29, 5:30pm-7pm or March 30, 7:30am-9am. At this mandatory workshop, artists will receive information needed to develop and submit a completed sign design proposal. All design proposals are due April 14, 2017.

Once initial proposals are submitted, business owners will select the sign of their choice, then work together with the artists at a Rapid Prototyping Blitz to refine and prepare final designs for judging. Sign fabricators, engineers, and zoning/planning experts will be on hand during the Blitz to advise.

Do I get paid? 

Artists whose design is selected for fabrication will receive $600 for their design. Businesses’ signs who are not chosen for fabrication may still choose to proceed with a sign and compensate the artist directly.

Can I fabricate my own sign?

Artists interested in fabricating their own signs must demonstrate previous experience in sign making or other closely related work. All other artists will have their designs fabricated by expert local sign makers.

Important Dates: 
Mandatory Informational Workshops: March 29, 2017 and March 30, 2017
Sign Proposal Design Deadline: April 14, 2017
Final Designs Due: April 14, 2017
Jury Selects Top 15 Teams: April 17, 2017
Prototyping Blitz: May 2, 2017
Fabrication: June, July, and August of 2017
Completed Signs Arrive: August of 2017
Signs Unveiled: August 11, 2017

*Mandatory Informational Workshops will be held On the 6th floor of the new MidWestOne Bank building at:

500 S Clinton St. Iowa City, Iowa.