Bread & Roses seeking artists for commissioned work


Application deadline is June 7

Bread and Roses Missouri will commission an artist to create artwork for use as illustration for Mrs. Palmer’s Honey, an original play by Cassandra Medley and an album of originally composed music for the play by Colin McLaughlin. This work is based on the 1946 novel by St. Louisan Fannie Cook. The work will be produced as a radio play, podcast, and stage play along with an accompanying album of jazz/blues music.

The artwork will be used as illustration for the productions, a poster or limited-edition print to benefit the non-profit organization, and as the cover of a CD.

Mrs. Palmer’s Honey depicts how race, class and workers’ rights intersected during World War II in St. Louis’ historic Ville Neighborhood.

Medley has adapted the novel as a 2021 radio play, directed by Kathryn Bentley with original music written by McLaughlin, produced in collaboration with St. Louis Public Radio.

Nearly 500 viewers have enjoyed the video of an early table reading that Bread and Roses shared on YouTube in 2020. It can be viewed at

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to all working artists and artist teams residing within a 100-mile radius of St. Louis, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, nationality or disability. The selected artist will receive a commission fee of $1,500 for the final, completed artwork.

Applicants should submit their qualifications as a PDF by email to with the subject line Mrs. Palmer’s Honey RFQ by 6 p.m. Monday, June 7.

The selected artist will be announced on Monday, June 14.

For more information, contact Elyse Mack at



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