Bus Shelter Art Contest

Greenlink is collaborating with the City of Greenville Youth Commission and the City of Greenville Arts in Public Places Commission to beautify bus stop shelters with inspiring artwork submitted by local high school students. The goals of this project are to help raise awareness about the Youth Commission, increase civic engagement and understanding of public transit and provide access to public art throughout our community.

Submit your artwork for consideration by March 19, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Project Description

Up to 10 designs will be selected. Artwork will be installed in up to 10 Greenlink bus stop shelters (one design per shelter) by wrapping the outside of the rear glass panels of the shelters with an adhesive, vinyl decal. Artists will not be responsible for the installation of the vinyl. Greenlink will manage the installation via an external contractor.

Examples from Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS):

Seasons 414 by Tyler “Tystarr” Copes

Shelter Wrap Example 1 - "Seasons 414" by Tyler "Tystarr" Copes

Patchwork City by Noel Clark

Shelter Wrap Example 2 - "Patchwork City" by Noel Clark

Below is a Greenlink bus stop shelter, with the panels that will be wrapped outlined in yellow.

Greenlink Shelter with Panels Outlined in Yellow


Open to all high school students enrolled in grades 9-12. Artists must reside in Greenville County limits or attend school within the Greenville County limits*. Each artist is limited to one submission.

*Effective March 1, 2021: The submission deadline has been extended to Friday, March 19 at 5 p.m. Additionally, eligibility requirements have been updated to include any high school student living in Greenville County or attending a school within Greenville County.


Artwork proposals for consideration must be submitted via this online form by March 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. Questions should be sent to nmcaden@greenvillesc.gov.

All artwork should be inspired by the theme, #YeahOurGreenville, and should meet the following print-ready specifications:

  • Five 22” W x 46” H panels
    • If artwork is being completed by hand, the final submission can be scaled down but must be proportional to the final sizing:
    • Five panels, each sized 5.5” W x 11.5” H; or
    • Five panels, each sized 11” W x 23” H
  • JPG, PNG or PDF file format if artwork is being designed digitally (max file size 25 MB). If larger files are needed, please compress the original for the submission form and provide the high-resolution file via a USB to Greenlink at 100 W. McBee Avenue.
    • If artwork is being completed by hand, the original artwork – meeting the sizing specifications outlined above – must be submitted in-person to Greenlink at 100 W. McBee Avenue
    • If artist is submitting a physical piece of art for review, a photo of the artwork must be included in the online submission
  • Design should include a 6” H x 22” W text box at the bottom of the far-right panel with the title of the artwork and the artist’s name, high school and projected graduation date
  • Artwork should be designed for translucent printing and should be bold enough in its design that it is still eye-catching as a translucent print

Additional Requirements

  • Parental/guardian endorsement, agreement and consent must accompany submissions from minors
  • Artwork should be designed to last at least one year and any design element that would make the artwork outdated should be avoided
  • Artwork must be appropriate for the general public
  • Artwork must be original, handcrafted work, designed and produced by the artist
  • Artwork containing images or other references to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, violence, memes, religion or previously copyrighted or trademarked content will not be considered
  • Artwork containing commercial messaging, sponsors, business names or logos will not be considered


A selection committee consisting of representatives from the Greenville Transit Authority, the City of Greenville Youth Commission and the City of Greenville Arts in Public Places Commission will review the artwork and select winners without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, national origin, age, gender or sex.

No prior professional art experience is required. Submissions will be judged based on representation of the theme, originality/creativity, appropriateness and quality.

The winning artwork will be installed in the bus shelters at no cost to the artists. The artists will be featured on the City of Greenville and Greenlink websites, social media pages, newsletters and more.

Other Information

The Greenville Transit Authority, Greenlink and the City of Greenville reserve the right to photograph accepted artwork for purposes related to this initiative and future exhibitions. Artists must sign a release granting permission for photographs of their artwork to be used on websites, social media and other promotional materials.

The artwork will be open to the elements (i.e. weather damage, graffiti, vandalism) and any permanent damage to the artwork may result in its early removal.

Tentative schedule

  • February 1, 2021: Submission window opens
  • March 19, 2021: Submission deadline. All submissions due by 5 p.m.
  • April 2021: Winners announced and artwork installed
  • May 2021: Unveiling events at each shelter

Jury Review


Maximum Points

Quality of work




Representation of the theme


Appropriateness (family-friendly)




Artwork Selection Committee Review

The Selection Committee reserves the right to be the sole judge of the acceptability of any proposal, which, in its opinion, most closely meets the intent of this project. The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final and without recourse.