MTA Arts & Design (A&D) encourages the use of mass transit in the metropolitan New York area with engaging visual and performing arts and design within the transit environment. A&D’s permanent percent-for-art program, temporary digital art, graphic art, photography, live musical performances and Poetry in Motion are experienced by the 8.5 million people who ride MTA subways and trains daily. Our diverse programs strive to create meaningful connections among sites, neighborhoods, and people. For more information, visit MTA Arts & Design, search #mtaarts on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.
Please scroll down to view current Calls for Submissions to A&D programs
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 (MTA MUSIC) applications will only be accepted online via Submittable. MTA MUSIC Audition and Audition Application dates: TBD.
To apply for the Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC) Live Audition, click Submit next to the opportunity listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration:
- short online application form;
- up to 2 sample audio files not exceeding 5 minutes in length;
- links to streaming video clips (recommended) and optional materials such as links to website, social media accounts;
- 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 a new permanent Percent for Art project, in conjunction with renovation of the 68 St-Hunter College Station in Manhattan, to be fabricated in durable materials, such as mosaic. An approved fabricator will be translating the final artwork designs into the identified media, 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 to be determined, and will include an artist fee. As part of this fee, the selected artist will be required to submit a budget, produce final designs, select a fabricator and oversee the fabrication and installation of the artwork, with project management by MTA Arts & Design.
A selection panel comprised of arts and design professionals will select finalists to develop original art proposals. Finalists will be given site specifications and a detailed overview of the project to create a proposal for site-specific artwork at the station, for which they will receive an honorarium of $1,000. Following the selection panel’s review of proposals, one artist 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 (2021-24).
Submit up to 20 images at mtaarts.submittable.com along with a short application form, a bio, CV, and brief artist statement. All artists interested in being considered for projects must apply through this online application.
Submissions must be complete by 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
Left: Nick Cave, Every One, 2021, glass mosaic, Times Sq-42 St Station Connector, NYCT
Right: Marcel Dzama, No Less Than Everything Comes Together, 2021, glass mosaic, Bedford Avenue Station, NYCT