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Project Summary

The Decatur Arts Alliance, in partnership with Fishbone Art and supported by the Decatur Tourism Bureau, is accepting design submissions for the “Secret Doors Decatur” project. Originally established in 2015, the miniature public art pieces were hidden in plain sight around Decatur.  Residents and visitors were encouraged to follow clues and explore the city in search of fun and fanciful secret doorways.  Artists are now invited to submit designs for a new round of Secret Doors.

Site Description

Various outdoor sites around Decatur, as determined by the Decatur Arts Alliance and Fishbone Art. Doors should measure around 8 in. tall, 4 in. wide, and 1/2 in. deep.  The back side of the art pieces should remain flat and obstruction-free to ensure secure installation.

Design Criteria

  • Designs must be original by the artist applicant.
  • Designs must not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, business names, or images of drugs.
  • If the design is to include text, it must be included in the design mock up.
  • Artists may include their signature in the design.
  • Artists will provide all materials to create the door.
  • Doors must be sufficiently durable to withstand outdoor elements (including sun fading, rain, and wind) as well as public interaction.
  • Doors must be monitored, maintained and repaired for a period of one year after completion. This includes keeping the door free from tags and vandalism.


The selected artists will receive a $150 stipend per door, which includes the cost of materials.


Issue Call:  March 1, 2022
Submission Deadline:  April 15, 2022
Artist Notification:  May 1, 2022
Signed Disclaimer Due Date:  May 15, 2022
Artwork Delivery Deadline:  July 1, 2022

How to Apply 

Artists may submit applications through the online application below.  Applications must be completed in full, including a digital file of the proposed design as well as images of up to 3 art samples. The deadline for submission is 5 pm on April 15, 2022. A disclaimer form will be emailed upon final artist selection by May 1, 2022 and must be signed and resubmitted by May 15, 2022 or the Secret Door will be relinquished to the next selected artist. A $150 stipend will be issued via PayPal.

Secret Doors Application 2022

Artist Contact Information

Artist Demographic Information

The Decatur Arts Alliance is committed to providing equitable opportunities to artists. Although our organization acknowledges that race is a social construct and individuals are not easily categorized by physical origins or features, accurate data regarding program participants permits our organization to ensure that we are serving a diverse population. The following information is collected for informational purposes only, completion is entirely optional, and responses will not impact the selection process in any way. Demographic data is also utilized by the Decatur Arts Alliance when applying for foundation grants and governmental funding.

Proposed Artwork

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 4 files.
Please attach the design submission.
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.
Please attach images of up to three samples of the artist’s previous work.

Artist agreement

I have read and agree to abide by the outlined design, installation, and maintenance requirements of Secret Doors.
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