University Relations

Thank you to our partners
ColorWorks logo in blue

ColorWorks Paint and Supply is donating paint for this project. All selected artists will need to contact ColorWorks at 785-272-8818 to arrange paint pickup.

Safe Streets logo

Safe Streets is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization, which is part of Shawnee Regional Prevention and Recovery Services.

Check out other painted utility boxes around Topeka

Utility boxes on and near campus to be painted soon

Thank you to all of the artists who submitted entries for the utility box painting project.

More details about the selections will be shared soon.

Washburn University, in cooperation with Safe Streets Topeka and the City of Topeka, sought and received submissions from local artists for the design and painting of select traffic control and utility boxes on campus.

This project is designed to enhance the appearance of campus and promote the identity, history, pride and spirit of Washburn University.

  • Artists of work selected and approved will receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the painting and other artist responsibilities.
  • There is no charge to the artist to submit design proposals.
  • Four boxes on campus will be painted.

    What you need to know

    The design goal

    Designs must reflect the identity, history, pride and spirit of Washburn University. 

    • All submissions must be original designs.
    • Artists are permitted to incorporate the trademarked logos and names of Washburn University in the designs. 

    A special thanks is extended to ColorWorks for donating the primer and paint for this project.

The utility boxes are taking shape
The box at Falley Field

Utility Box at Falley Field is nearly complete.

box at Moore Bowl in progress

The utility box at Moore Bowl is in progress.