The Friends of Independence National Historic Park and Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP) are collaborating on The Pursuit of Happiness, a public art residency program that will build a bridge between the historic significance of Independence National Historical Park (INHP) and the complex identity of our contemporary city and nation.

The goal is to inspire dialogue about the modern meanings of our nation, and to stimulate artist-led cross-engagement between National Park visitors and Philadelphia community members who might not otherwise engage with INHP as a local historical resource.

Artists will be asked to develop their ideas around language found in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” We would like artists to explore what “the pursuit of happiness” means to people in our nation today.

The residency will include public engagement, in part through collaboration with youth in Mural Arts’ Art Education Program, the production of public art, and robust public programs that explore the project’s core theme and specific topics pursued by the artist.

The project is expected to run through October, 2017. Artist selection will take place in early 2017, with the expectation that artists will be under contract by the beginning of February, 2017. Artists will have a five-month research and development period followed by a two-month period for engaging with youth, and the subsequent installation of a public art project. The project would be completed by October, 2017.

Interested artists should submit their qualifications by December 16, 2016.

Click here to download the RFQ: the-pursuit-of-happiness-rfq

Calls to Artists




  • Projects must be collaborative i.e., present the creative contributions of more than one author or artist.
  • Projects must be rooted in or strongly related to visual art. Performance or media-based projects are only eligible if visual art is a core component.
  • Lead organizer must be a resident of Baltimore City or Baltimore County. The lead organizer is the primary contact during the application and granting process.
  • The majority of collaborators must be residents of Baltimore City or Baltimore County.
  • Lead organizer cannot be a student during time of application. Students may be listed as collaborators on projects.
  • Applicants may be a lead organizer on only one application but may be listed as a collaborator on multiple applications.
  • Resulting project activities must be accessible to Baltimore’s public and be presented in Baltimore City or Baltimore County.
  • Applications from 501c3 non-profit organizations will NOT be considered.
  • LLC’s are eligible if their primary purpose is not commercial and they are not a for-profit enterprise.
How to apply

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The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create a site integrated or site specific artwork that is reflective of Coast Salish historic and cultural connections to the Salmon Bay and Shilshole areas for SPU’s Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP) Pump Station. The new pump station will be located at 24th Ave NW and Shilshole Ave NW in the Ballard neighborhood along the shoreline of Salmon Bay.


The call is open to established professional artists residing in the United States and the Canadian Province of British Columbia. Students are not eligible to apply.

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Attention Campers! Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival invites artists and vendors to apply for its 36th year, July 21-23, 2017. This year’s theme is “Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits.” For many, one of the most exciting parts of summer is taking time to engage in new experiences. Whether at an away camp or a local summer program, it’s something to look forward to all year—truly a staple of the summer season. The same goes for Artscape; it’s just not summer without it! The theme allows all involved to step out of their comfort zone, learn something new, and experience the adventure that awaits in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is accepting applications for Anchor Projects (Large-Scale Art Installations), Art Cars, Artist-Run Art Fair, Artists’ Market, Artists’ Market, Emerging Artist Program, Charles Street Trail, MICA’s Pinkard Gallery Visual Art Exhibition, Food Vendors, Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (“The Fred”), Gamescape, In the Neighborhood, Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, Kidscape, LOL@Artscape, Arts Organizations and Performing Arts(opera, theatre, dance, classical music, etc.). Applications are available at www.artscape.org/applicationsThe deadlines for submission and application fees vary. Artscapetakes place Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23, 2017 along Mount Royal Avenue andNorth Charles Street. Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

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Alexandria Museum of Art

30th September Competition

Juried Exhibition

June 2 – September 22, 2017


For its 40th Anniversary, the Alexandria Museum of Art will be installing its first permanent exhibition galleries in October, 2017. Because of this and the 30th year of the September Competition, the Alexandria Museum of Art has changed the dates for the September Competition exhibit.  In 2017, the exhibition will be on display from June 2nd through September 23rd, 2017.  In 2018 and following, the September Competition exhibition will be on display for four months, from July through October. 
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Gormley Gallery is now accepting entries for the 28th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition. This year’s juror is Nicole Buckingham Kern, Gallery Coordinator at Community College of Baltimore County.

Submission fee: $36 for up to 3 drawings or prints.

Awards: A minimum of $1,500 will be available in purchase prize awards.

Deadline: January 29, 2017

For additional information click here.

Entries are accepted online https://artndm.slideroom.com