As downtown renovation continues, Mesquite calls for local artists to submit their work

Downtown Mesquite will look much different in January 2021 than it did in January 2020, and the city is looking for local artists who can help that transformation be even more visually stunning.

With the city nearing completion on its Front Street Station redevelopment, it is putting out a call to local artists interested in producing a work of public art.

Mesquite City Hall, shown in a file photo. Cindy Smith is set to become the city's Director of Finance in October.

Works by artists in Mesquite and the surrounding areas will be considered, according to a city news release, with the art intended to be displayed for at least one year on “four large surrounds built to camouflage dumpsters placed throughout the new Downtown area. Each of these surrounds will have 10′x7′ panels, where the art will be mounted,” according to the news release.

For each work, the city will pay the artist a $500 honorarium. Eight works of art will be selected.

In addition to the new infrastructure and art, the Front Street Station project includes a new “pocket park” and allows for pedestrian passage between Front Street and Main Street while creating more parking for downtown businesses as well as a small event space. The project also includes elements like grease trap installation to encourage restaurant development.

Alejandro’s at Front Street Station was announced as a new downtown tenant last month, and city council this month approved another restaurant for the area, Smith’s of Mesquite, which will occupy the historic McWhorter-Greenhaw building.

The downtown Mesquite square is reflected in the window of an open restaurant. Another restaurant, Alejandro's at Front Street Station, is set to open in the area in January 2021.

More information about the public art project and submission guidelines are available at