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 of new Percent for Art to be fabricated in durable materials to be determined by MTA, such as glass, at various Long Island Rail Road stations. 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 for the each station is to be determined, and will include 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 provide oversight during the fabrication and installation of the artwork, with project managment 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 $1,000. Following the selection panel’s review of proposals, one artist will be selected to receive the commission for each station.

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. 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, September 28, 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

LIRR Glass

Carson Fox, Blue Sky Pursuit, 2009. Laminated and tempered glass, LIRR Seaford; Moe Brooker, Just Jazz, 2015. Laminated glass, LIRR Wyandanch; Joe Zucker, For My Grandfather Noye Pride, a Locomotive Engineer, 1998. Faceted glass, LIRR Huntington.

Download this information as a PDF.

MTA Arts & Design seeks images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for new Percent for Art projects to be fabricated in durable materials to be determined, such as mosaic, glass, or porcelain enamel. 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 for each 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.

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 $1,000. Following the selection panel’s review of proposals, one artist per station 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 (2017 to 2018).

TO APPLY

Submit up to 20 images along with a short application form, a bio, CV, and brief artist statement. All artists interested in being considered for projects must apply through Submittable.

Submissions must be complete by midnight on Monday, October 2, 2017

Download Frequently Asked Questions, contact MTA Arts & Design: arts@mtahq.org, or Submittable’s customer support: support@submittable.com

Frank Leslie Hampton  Alison Moritsugu

Sample image details, left to right: Frank Leslie Hampton, Uptown New York, 2000, glass, stone and marble mosaic, Tremont Avenue, NYCT;  Alison Moritsugu, Community (Acer rubrum, Rosa palustris, Smilax rotundifolia, Carya cordiformis), 2011, glass mosaic, St. Lawrence Av, NYCT.     
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