Call for Artists! - Iron Ranger Painting Program

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to submit painting designs for donation receptacles installed throughout the Commonwealth.

Now in its 8th year, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Iron Ranger Painting Program continues to generate interest, enthusiasm, and increased participation. DCR is once again seeking artists to paint these metal contribution containers that receive financial donations to benefit our state parks system through the Conservation Trust and Urban Parks Trust funds.  The 170 Iron Rangers located in 111 properties across the state collect donations made by many of the more than 30 million visitors the Commonwealth attracts to its many state parks, beaches and forests each year.  Donations received through these Iron Rangers fund educational programs and conservation projects in the parks.  We are excited to discover that once painted, the Iron Rangers are attracting more attention, and patrons are contributing more generously.  In some cases, donations have more than doubled over the previous year.  

DCR would like to enhance the look of all of the 99 unpainted Iron Rangers.  Interested artists should submit color design ideas based on the diagram provided on this sheet.  Nature scenes that incorporate a theme or interesting aspect of the location in which the Iron Rangers are found are encouraged.  For ideas, contact the property’s supervisor or district manager who will share some of the unique aspects of the state park, beach or forest.  Please include a written description of your design and the location of the Iron Ranger you want to paint. Click on the following links to view pictures of painted Iron Rangers with the names of the artists and a list of locations where the Iron Rangers can be found.

Although artists will not be paid for their work, they are invited to sign the back of the Iron Ranger and leave business cards and brochures with the property supervisor or district manager to distribute upon request.  News releases, identifying the artist and including a picture of the Iron Ranger, will also be sent out to the press once the year’s program is complete.  Numerous articles and photos about the program and artists have resulted from these releases each year.  

DCR will supply the paint.  Paintings will be done on-site.  Donation receptacles will be cleaned by property staff prior to painting.  Receptacles will need 2 primer coats, 1 base coat and 2 finish coats.

Iron Ranger description:

  • made of steel, cylindrical in shape, flat top, 14” diameter, 42” high
  • donation slot in front, 6” opening in back

Using the evaluation criteria, submissions will be juried by members of DCR’s Trusts Design Committee.

  • Deadline for design submission: April 26, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance (by telephone): May 1, 2013
  • Deadline for paintings to be completed: August 30, 2013

A thank you reception will be held in the fall - date and location will be announced in the summer. Contact Sharon Hoey at 617-626-1267 or for further information. 

Please include a resume or your name, address and information on your art background with your submission, including a daytime phone number where you can be reached to:

Sharon Hoey, Trusts Development Manager
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114

This project is funded by DCR’s Conservation Trust and Urban Parks Trust funds.