Call for Entries:

Top of the World Observation Level Gallery

February 6th – March 29 Exhibition

Application Deadline: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014



TOTW Gallery

All submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, December 12, 2014.

Materials received after this date will not be considered.

Notification Date: Friday, December 19, 2014


BOPA Exhibitions is now accepting proposals for its February- April exhibition at Top of the World Observation Level Gallery at The World Trade Center in downtown Baltimore. We are accepting individual work for either a solo or group show, curated by our cultural affairs staff. If you yourself are a curator, we are also open to curated group proposals.  Site-specific exhibition or installation proposals for the Top of the World space are encouraged as well (site visits for such proposals are required).


Top of the World Observation Level, located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at 401 East Pratt Street, is open to the public five days a week during the winter (see website for details). There are two walls, each roughly 37 ft. long, dedicated to exhibitions. The windows at Top of the World offer a 360° view of Baltimore, which attracts visitors from all over the world.

Please mail or deliver all materials to:

Melissa Webb, ATTN: TOTW Exhibitions
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

If you have questions, please contact:

Melissa Webb, BOPA Exhibitions Manager: or 443-263-4352.

Click the following link to download the application:



Call for Entries:

Co-Lab(oration) Project #4: Rain Garden

Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014

All submissions must be received at School 33 Art Center by 5pm on Monday, December 1st, 2014. Materials received after this date will not be considered.

Notification Date: Monday December 15, 2014

School 33 Art Center is now accepting artist portfolios. Artists interested in collaborating with other artists of different disciplines, to create an outdoor installation within the new rain garden on the Birkhead Street side of the historic School 33 building should apply.  Three artists will be selected to collaborate on this project, which will be on view for at least one year. Each selected artist will be awarded an honorarium of $3000 for this collaboration. This project also comes with a budget for supplies and materials. Individual artists will be selected based on the strength of their portfolios.  No proposals should be submitted. Artists are invited to visit School 33 Art Center and see the actual space prior to submitting a portfolio for consideration.

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Co-Lab Project #2: Front Stoop / Back Yard by Kelley Bell, Linda DePalma, and Melissa Webb (Photo credit: Theresa Keil)

This project is part of the ongoing Co-Lab(oration) project at School 33 Art Center funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant.

Once artists are selected on December 12, 2014, they must thereafter be available to meet regularly to collaborate, create and implement the new rain garden environment, which will should be installed and fully completed during June, July and August 2014. If you are not available locally during this timeframe, do not submit your portfolio for this application. The finished project will be unveiled in early September 2014.

Co-Lab(oration) is an on-going platform for diverse artists to work collaboratively in a process of creative exploration, resulting in the development of multiple new works. The project should cultivate the production and exhibition of new artwork that integrates the ideas of artists from varied disciplines, encourage artistic experimentation and creative risk-taking to support the development of innovative practices or new artistic forms.

Selections will be made by our panel of jurors:

Linda DePalma, Prolific public artist and educator, working in the areas of large-scale sculpture and mixed-media

Melissa Webb, Exhibitions Manager for School 33 Art Center and Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

To submit your portfolio for this opportunity you must be a current School 33 Art Center member. If you would like to join School 33 or renew your membership, please visit or call 443-263-4350. Artist Memberships are $35 annually. All artist members are encouraged to apply.


This Tuesday (Nov 18) marked the re-opening of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s American Wing and the original Merrick entrance. BMA director Doreen Bolger and lead architect Steve Ziger were on hand to welcome everyone, and American Art head curator David Curry led a tour through the new galleries, which features 800 objects and paintings, many of which had never been displayed. This photo essay captures some of the great pieces, odd juxtapositions and numerous fun details I found- you should definitely stop by soon for a FREE visit. (click through images to view)








Mural Artist Prequalification Program

Call for Submissions:  deadline January 9, 2015

The Arts Council of Indianapolis seeks to establish a new pool of highly qualified artists and artist teams for a number of open calls and commissioning opportunities for outdoor murals (wall-based artwork) over the next several years.

Artists who qualify will be eligible for selection for mural projects with budgets up to $100,000.  Budgets are inclusive of design, travel, artists’ fees, fabrication, installation, insurance coverage, and all other costs associated with the design and production of mural artwork.



  • Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply.
  • Artists must be at least 18 years of age and live in the United States
  • Prior experience with public art commissions is not a requirement; however, applicant artists and artist teams must demonstrate the ability to design and successfully complete large-scale, exterior, wall-based work.


Selection Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Artistic quality: artist’s submission displays a record of appropriate, yet innovative, concepts brought to a site or project, and documents creative and stylistically distinctive solutions to design and site challenges
  • Aesthetic sensibility: artist’s work displays an aesthetic that would be desirable for a project for Indianapolis
  • Technical ability: artist’s submission indicates skill with materials and techniques similar to those that would be required for likely projects
  • Experience: artist’s submission has indicated familiarity with clients and conditions similar to those that would be used on likely projects, or has demonstrated the ability on past projects to quickly acquire the skills needed to be successful on a project similar to what the artist will encounter in Indianapolis
  • Process: artist’s materials indicate that the working relationship will be pleasant and the completed project will successfully meet likely challenges, including completing all documentation and managing the given project budget


Submission Requirements

Artist must submit the following on one CD:

  • Applicant Information: Complete the questionnaire on page 4 and 5. An editable digital version can be provided upon request.
  • Cover Letter / Statement of Approach: This letter should be no longer than one typed letter-sized page using 12-point font and 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 3 pages
  • Work Samples: (up to 10 digital images)
    • Please submit examples of artwork that best represent your experience, style, and ability. You may also submit images of any other pieces (large scale or otherwise) that best represent your work over the past 5 years.
    • Format: JPG or PDF files for static images.  BRIEF video clips in Quicktime, MOV or MP4 may also be submitted.
    • Good quality, no smaller than 3” x 5” at 72 dpi
    • No hard copies – electronic files only
    • Name files according to the following format:
      • jpg, LastName_02.jpg, etc.
    • Work Sample List: Include a list of the work samples included on the CD and as much information about each of the samples as possible (include name/title of piece, year completed, client name, location, medium, dimensions, process, and any other applicable and pertinent information). Here is an example of a an entry:
      • Searching and Finding, 123 N. Main Street, Indianapolis, IN, acrylic on brick, 10’ x 30’ x 4’, 2009, JaneArtist_01.jpg.

Each artist must label the submitted CD with his or her name and “MURAL PREQUALIFICATION PROGRAM”.


Delivery of Submissions

All required materials must be delivered by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, January 9, 2015.


Submissions MUST be delivered or mailed to:

Arts Council of Indianapolis

Attn: Mural Prequalification Program

924 N. Pennsylvania Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204-1021


We will not accept submissions via email.



Please review the following for more information:


Why are you prequalifying artists?

Because there will be calls for artists coming out up to twice a year or more, it does not make sense for every highly qualified artist to reapply for consideration each time.  Creating a pool of prequalified artists makes it easier for such artists to indicate their interest without having to go to the effort of sending materials each time.  Having a pool of prequalified artists also makes it efficient for the Arts Council to address “pop-up” mural projects as funding and time permit, and to turn projects around more quickly.


What does “prequalified” mean?

Being named as a prequalified artist means that when a new call comes out, you can simply email the Arts Council by the given deadline and indicate that you want to be considered.  The selection panel has already reviewed and approved your aesthetic, experience and technical skill and you will automatically move into the finalist group for that call.


Am I guaranteed a commission if I am on the prequalified list?

No.  The entire finalist pool—prequalified artists as well as artists who applied at the time of the open call—will be reviewed for a good match between artist, site and community.  There will almost always be more interested and qualified artists than there are commission opportunities, so some finalists, including prequalified artists, will not receive commissions.


Are prequalified artists given preference for new projects?

No.  Although the artist’s skill, experience and quality have been approved, much more goes into the matching process.  Every finalist—prequalified or not—is considered equally at the time of each fresh group of opportunities.


Once prequalified, will I stay prequalified forever?

No.  The designation will last for three years and then you will need to again send your materials in response to an open call for mural artists.


If I am not prequalified now, when will be my next chance to try again?

Simply apply to the next open call for mural artists.  When we review the applicants we will ask the selection panel if they feel any should be on the prequalified list.  We will do this for each open call.


I’ve applied to several Arts Council mural projects but never received a commission.  What can I do to improve my application so I can become prequalified?

The path to prequalification will differ for each artist.  The best thing to do is to set up an appointment with the Arts Council’s public art staff for a private consultation.  We can analyze your selection panel score records with you and help you develop your next steps.


Additional questions?  Contact:

Julia Muney MooreDirector of Public Art

(317) 631-3301 x240

Lindsey LordPublic Art/Artist Services Coordinator

(317) 631-3301 x214












There have been a few great articles about public art recently published that get into the tricky issues of how public art is produced in various American cities. These are well researched and reasoned arguments and well worth the read!

The Washington City Paper investigates how public input was sought into the 5×5 public art festival by the DC Commision of the Arts and Humanities HERE.

Artist Mia Feuer

Artist Mia Feuer


The Minneapolis Post writes about the politicized de-funding of their public art program for 2015 and all the related fallout of how public art can factor into a city’s desire to be perceived as a creative city- story linked HERE.



Review of new public art projects in Lansing, Michigan HERE.



Debates over the possible de-accessioning of a Robert Irwin sculpture in Dallas, via Artnew news- article HERE.




Buffalo, New York working to combine public art projects with classrooms in their city schools, article HERE.


The entry due date for the “18th International Open” is on Friday, November 28, 2014. The juror is Gill Gatfield, and the exhibition is open to women artists only.

Membership is not required in order to enter into juried shows or exhibit at WMG.  Artists do not have to log in to submit an  entry Online – and creating an online entry in one session is the best way to submit. This means that images, titles, medium, sizes and statement should be readily available on artist’s computer.

Artists may submit up to three works by mail with jpgs and application on a CD or online as digital files. Please include one detail per work only if necessary, as with book art or three-dimensional works or if areas in two-dimensional work need to be clarified. Accepted artwork must not exceed 72″ horizontally or have been previously shown at WMG.

The entry fee for juried exhibitions is $30 for up to three works including details. Artists who experience financial hardship may be exempt from paying the entry fee; just send us an email message about that: A statement related to the theme is required. Please visit WMG’s Website for more details.


Area 405 Call for Vendors

Area 405 presents: “PRESENTS” – A two-day Market Extravaganza on December 12th from noon till 7pm & December 13th from 10am till 5pm

Are you an Artist, Artisan, or Crafter that is interested in renting a booth to sell your goods? We are currently seeking jewelers, painters, illustrators, printers, sculptors, wood workers, metal workers, furniture makers, toy makers, clothing and accessory designers, and all that are producing quality goods.

Booth cost:

$50 for a 4’ by 3’ space (Half of a table)

$100 for a 8′ by 3′ table (Full table)

$150 for a 8′ by 8′ floor area with a back wall and one 8′ by 3′ table.

Set up time will begin at 9 am on December 12th all valuables must be removed from the gallery at the end of the day.  December 13th we will begin set up at 8am.  Everything must be removed from the space by 7pm

Please send images of your work as well as a brief description about yourself and your artistic mission to with “Present submission (and your name)” as the subject. Submission Deadline is Saturday November 23rd

We will be promoting with our extensive email list.  In conjunction with other promoters, Arts Organizations, and posters and post cards.