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.
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.
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.
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.
MTA Arts & Design seeks images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for a new Percent for Art project to be fabricated in durable materials to be determined, such as metal. 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, 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.
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 $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 (2018 to 2019).
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 Tuesday, January 16, 2018.