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.

MUSICCall for Images

To apply to a Call for Images, click Submit next to the opportunities listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration: 

  • a bio/CV file;
  • a brief artist statement; 
  • up to 20 images with caption information (title, date, materials, dimensions);
  • optional materials such as links to website and/or social media accounts.
Download Call for Images Frequently Asked Questions, or email arts@mtahq.org.

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.

MUSICCall for Performers

Beginning in 2017, MTA Music Under New York (MUSIC) applications will only be accepted online via Submittable. Online application available January 1 through March 24, 2017.

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.

Download Call for Performers Frequently Asked Questions, or email music@mtahq.org.

For any questions about using this site, contact Submittable’s customer support: support@submittable.com

MTA Arts & Design seeks images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for new Percent for Art projects to be fabricated in light emitting materials, such as LED. The artwork will be on permanent display and must meet high durability standards, as well as necessary structural and electrical engineering guidelines. Artists applying must have a strong background in lighting design and proven experience with lighting installations. Prior experience with these materials and similar projects will be taken into consideration when reviewing images. 

The budget for design and fabrication of the artwork is yet to be determined, 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, select a fabricator, and oversee the fabrication and installation of the artwork, with project management by MTA Arts & Design.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 for the station, for which they will receive an honorarium of $3,000. 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, demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of the medium(s) in which the artist regularly works, and 3-5 examples of previous lighting projects. Artists must be available to work in New York during the required design and construction period (2017 to 2019).

TO APPLY

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 Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review and download our Frequently Asked Questions, and direct any inquiries to MTA Arts & Design: arts@mtahq.org, or Submittable’s customer support: support@submittable.com

Leo Villareal Hive Bleecker Street 2012

Leo Villareal, Hive (Bleecker Street), 2012, NYCT Broadway-Lafayette Street/Bleecker Street
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MTA Arts & Design seeks images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for a new Percent for Art project in conjunction with improvements to the end of the Times Square Shuttle. An opportunity exists for artwork in one of the busiest places in the City — were the shuttle meets Times Square-42nd Street Station, home to a renowned group of artworks installed over the past 15 years — fabricated in durable materials to be determined, such as metal, mosaic or ceramic. An approved fabricator will be translating 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 for the subway station 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 completed designs, select a fabricator and oversee the fabrication and installation of the artwork, with project management by MTA Arts & Design.

SELECTION PROCESS

A selection panel comprised of arts and design professionals will select finalists to develop original art proposals. Finalists will be given specifications and a detailed overview of the project to create a proposal for site-specific artwork for the station, for which they will receive an honorarium of $1,500. 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 (2018 to 2019).

TO APPLY

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 Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review and download our Frequently Asked Questions, and direct any inquiries to MTA Arts & Design: arts@mtahq.org, or Submittable’s customer support: support@submittable.com

Roy Lichtenstein and Jacob Lawrence Times Square

Roy Lichtenstein, Times Square Mural, 2002 (Collage 1990, fabricated 1994), and Jacob Lawrence, New York in Transit, 2001, NYCT Times Square-42nd Street
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