Call for Proposals: Downtown Georgetown Mural

Nov 18, 2015

Henry Purl "Okra" Compton
Henry Purl “Okra” Compton

The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for a mural to be located on the rear wall of 107 W. Seventh Street, Georgetown, Texas. The goal of the mural is to provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors that tells the story of how Henry Purl Compton (nicknamed “Okra”) helped Georgetown to become the Red Poppy Capital of Texas.

Background information on the topic can be downloaded here, along with the Call to Artists:

Call to Artists – Mural 2016  This document contains detailed requirements for all proposals.

From War Zone to Poppy Zone Excerpt  This excerpt from From War Zone to Poppy Zone: The Story of Okra Compton and the Georgetown Red Poppies was edited by Janelle Eastham. It was published in 1993 by the Williamson County Genealogical Society in cooperation with the City of Georgetown.

Son of WWI Soldier Tells How Red Poppies Came to Georgetown  This press release was written by City of Georgetown Public Communication Manager Keith Hutchinson in 2007.

Rear wall of 107 W. Seventh Street
Rear wall of 107 W. Seventh Street

The deadline for proposals is 5 pm on Friday, January 8, 2016. Artists will be notified about the Board’s selection by Friday, January 22, 2016. All work must be completed by Friday, April 15, 2016.

Submit mural proposals to Lawren Weiss, Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, TX, 78626, or by email to

Applicants who have questions about the application process should contact Library Director Eric Lashley at 512-930-3551 or

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