MTA Arts & Design (A&D) encourages the use of mass transit in the metropolitan New York area by providing quality visual and performing arts and design in the transit environment. The percent-for-art program is one of the largest and most diverse collections of site-specific public art in the world, with nearly 300 permanent works by world-famous, mid-career, and emerging artists. A&D also produces graphic art, photography, digital art, live musical performances and Poetry in Motion. A&D serves the 8.5 million people who ride MTA subways and commuter trains daily and strives to create meaningful connections among sites, neighborhoods, and people. For more information, visit MTA Arts & Design, find us on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter or search #mtaarts.
Permanent Art Call for Images
To apply to a Permanent Art Call for Images, click Submit next to the opportunities listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration.
Download Call for Images Frequently Asked Questions, or email email@example.com. Please be aware of deadlines (Midnight EST on the date listed) and note that if you are interested in more than one Call listed below, you will need to apply to each Call separately.
Digital Art Call for Submissions
To apply to the Digital Art Call for Submissions, click Submit next to the opportunity listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration.
Download Call for Submissions Frequently Asked Questions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware of deadlines (Midnight EST on the date listed).
Music Under New York Call for Performers
MTA Music Under New York (MUSIC) applications will only be accepted online via Submittable. Online application is available January 1 through March 21, 2019.
To apply for the Music Under New York (MUSIC) Live Auditions, click Submit next to the opportunity listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration:
- up to 2 sample audio files not exceeding 5 minutes in length;
- short online application form;
- optional materials such as links to website, social media accounts, and streaming video clips;
- applicants under 18 MUST include a valid Employment for Child Performer permit.
For any questions about using this site, contact Submittable’s customer support: email@example.com
MTA Arts & Design seeks images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for new Percent for Art projects to be fabricated in metal materials to be determined, such as stainless steel, aluminum, or carbon steel, and replace existing fence panels. An approved fabricator will translate the final artwork design into the identified medium, therefore an artist’s prior experience, or lack thereof, with these materials will not be taken into consideration when reviewing images.
The budget for design and fabrication of the artwork is approximately $125,000, including an artist fee of up to 20% of the final art project cost. As part of this fee, the selected artist will be required to submit a budget, produce completed designs, be available during the fabrication and installation of the artwork, with project managment by MTA Arts & Design.
A selection panel comprised of arts and design professionals will select finalists to produce proposals. Finalists will be given site specifications and a detailed overview of the project to create a proposal for original artwork for the stations, for which they will receive an honorarium of $1,000. Following the selection panel’s review of proposals, one artist per bridge will be selected to receive the commission.
Eligibility is based upon artistic merit as evidenced in previous work, exhibition history, awards, honors, and publications, and demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of the medium(s) in which the artist regularly works. Artists must be available to work in New York during the required design and construction period (2019 to 2021).
Submit up to 20 images along with a short application form, a bio, CV, and brief artist statement. As of May 2016, we only accept submissions using this online application program. All artists interested in being considered for projects must apply through the online program at mtaarts.submittable.com.
Submissions must be complete by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Sample image details, left to right: Loren Eiferman, Home: Inside/Outside, 2014, steel, Pelham, MNR; Joy Taylor, Jan Peeck's Vine, 2012, painted steel, Peekskill, MNR; Dan Funderburgh, Eureka, 2016, aluminum, Fordham, MNR.