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.
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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.
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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, 2018.
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.
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MTA Arts & Design seeks to establish a pool of new media artists to be considered for upcoming digital art instal-lations and opportunities at Fulton Center in lower Manhattan. Artists with prior experience on multiple channel installation, and capable of creating a dynamic environment with moving images, are encouraged to apply. It is rec-ommended that artists experience the digital art installations at Fulton Center prior to applying. The program runs for two minutes at the top of every hour throughout the Fulton Center complex and the Dey Street pedestrian tunnel that connects multiple New York City Transit lines to the World Trade Center PATH station.
Fulton Center houses 52 fully-integrated digital signage networks of display screens and walls. The display duration for potential installations is expected to be a minimum of three months. Commissioned projects may be assigned to additional digital assets throughout the MTA network. Technical specifications for digital assets will be provided upon artist selection.
A selection panel comprised of arts and design professionals will review submitted materials and select finalists to develop art proposals for digital art programming throughout 2019. Finalists will be given site specifications and a detailed overview of the technical specifications to create a site-specific proposal, for which they will receive an hon-orarium. Following the panel’s review of proposals, up to three finalists will be selected per project in each calendar year. Project budgets and honoraria will be determined depending on the nature of the project, and may include coding, pre- and post-production. As part of this honorarium, the selected artist will be required to oversee the production and installation of the artwork, with project management by MTA Arts & Design.
Eligibility is based upon artistic merit as evidenced in previous work, exhibition history, awards, honors, and demon-strated proficiency and technical knowledge of digital and new media. Artists working primarily in other mediums are welcome to apply, provided they submit a detailed explanation of technical expertise and/or collaboration with technical partners within the application.
Submit up to 5 completed works in dynamic format and up to 10 still 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 the online platform at mtaarts.submittable.com. Submissions must be complete by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, June 29, 2018.
Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Doyle, The Fluid, 2017, digital animation, Fulton Center; Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, New York Minute, 2015, video, Fulton Center.
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 White Plains Station in Westchester, to be fabricated in durable materials such as mosaic and glass. 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 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 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. 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 $1,000. Following the selection panel’s review of art proposals, one artist will be selected to receive the commission.
Eligibility is based upon artistic merit as evidenced in previous work, artist’s 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 2020).
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 the online program at mtaarts.submittable.com. Submissions must be complete by midnight EST on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
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Matt Mullican, Untitled, 2011, mosaic, Rye Station, MNR; Corinne Ulmann, Croton-Harmon Station, 2013, laminated glass, Croton-Harmon Station, MNR