The City of Baltimore, the Baltimore Public Art Commission, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts are seeking interested artists and/or artist collaborators to submit qualifications for consideration and inclusion in Baltimore’s Pre-Qualified Public Artist List.  The pre-qualified list will go into effect upon review and approval of the Public Art Commission and remain in effect for three years. This list will be utilized and referenced for upcoming public art projects under the 1%-for-Public Art Program, most importantly federally funded construction projects requiring artists and/or artist collaborators to work directly with  the overall project design firm to incorporate artwork into the plan. (Note: Artists looking to apply with murals should apply directly to the Baltimore Mural Program, application available at:

Application available at:

Application due: February 13, 2015

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) seeks mural artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for consideration and inclusion in the Baltimore Mural Program’s Mural Artist Registry. The Mural Artist Registry will be used to aid the selection of qualified artists for Baltimore Mural Program commissions and to distribute notifications regarding upcoming mural artist opportunities. This registry will also be made publicly available for groups seeking artists for hire.

Created in 1975, the Baltimore Mural Program aims to make Baltimore neighborhoods more attractive, instill a sense of pride, provide employment for artists in their own field, combat graffiti in neighborhoods, and engage people in the beautification of their communities. Since then, the Baltimore Mural Program has produced more than 250 murals across the city, creating an outdoor public museum for the enjoyment of the people of Baltimore.

1) Artists 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply.
2) Artists must demonstrate their ability to design and successfully execute large-scale, exterior, wall-based work.
3) BOPA employees and their family members are eligible to apply for inclusion in the registry, but are not eligible for Baltimore Mural Program commissions.

1) Artistic Quality
2) Technical Ability
3) Community Engagement Approach & Experience

Applications are available online at:

FEBRUARY 13, 2015

March 5, 2015

The application will require the following:

1) Artist Statements: Brief descriptions of your work as an artist, your interest and qualifications for the Baltimore Mural Program, as well as your experience and approach to working with communities.
2) Resume: A current resume / CV. Artist teams or collaborative groups may submit a combined resume.
3) References: Name, address, email, and phone number for three (3) professional references.
4) Images: Five (5) images of past artworks. All image files should be in JPEG format, max 1240×1240 pixels, and should be titled: LastnameFirstname_IMAGE#.jpg (SmithJane_01.jpg). If the artist cannot submit an image of a mural, it is recommended that the artist produce one sample design for a hypothetical mural that reflects the artist’s style and imagery, in addition to images of existing work.
5) Image List: Attach a document detailing information regarding each work sample image including:
– Title of Work
– Dimensions
– Medium
– Year
– Location (if applicable)
– Three (3) sentence description.

Maggie Villegas, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts,

Call to Artists:  Sculpture Visions 2015-2016 – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

DESCRIPTION:  The Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office, a Division of the Parks & Recreation Department, invites artists to apply for the 2015 – 2016 Sculpture Visions Exhibition.  Between July 2015 and June 2016 original three-dimensional artwork by selected artists will be displayed in publicly-accessible outdoor spaces belonging to the Town of Chapel Hill and other participating sponsors.  Selected artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium for the exhibition of their work

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists creating original three-dimensional artwork of a scale and material suitable for outdoor display.  North Carolina artists are encouraged to apply.  Participating artists must carry liability insurance.


Very pleased to meet you. It would be great if you can get the word out about the exhibit as I’ve been working very hard on the project for years.

Sowebo/Soweto by Martha Cooper

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb 4th @ 7PM

Martha Cooper, a Sowebo resident, connects the Baltimore neighborhood to its namesake Soweto (Southwest Township, South Africa).

“In 2006 I decided I wanted to do a long-term street photography project outside of NYC where I live. I chose my hometown, Baltimore where my dad and uncle owned a camera store on Harford Road for over 50 years—Coopers Camera Mart. After doing some reconnaissance, I bought a little house in Sowebo that I found on line in an effort to become part of the neighborhood. The house, near Hollins Market, had been renovated by John Ellsberry, an artist you may know. I call it my “country house” and have made about 200 trips from NYC since then, mostly on the Bolt bus.

In 2012 I was invited to South Africa for a street art event by Ricky Lee Gordon, a South African artist I met while photographing Open Walls Baltimore. ESPO was one of the artists invited to Johannesburg. When we went to Soweto, I was struck by the similarities to Sowebo and began to compare them in photos. In 2013 I lived in Soweto for a month as an artist-in-residence and in 2014 was invited back to Soweto again as part of Red Bull Amaphiko, a social entrepreneur project.

The exhibition at Gallery 788 is the first time I will exhibit these photos in the US. There will be several hundred photos of just Sowebo in addition to the Soweto pairs. I focused on community rather than drugs, trash, and boarded up buildings. My hope is that people seeing the exhibit will look at the rich street life, in one of Baltimore’s most impoverished neighborhoods, with fresh eyes.”


Applications for the City of Austin Pre-Qualified Artist Pool are due this Friday, January 30 at 5:00 pm (CST).  Professional visual artists, or artist teams, who live in the US are eligible to apply.

To read the full RFQ, visit:

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The City of Austin seeks exceptional emerging and established public artists working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches for its 2015-17 Pre-Qualified Artist Pool. Selected artists or artist teams from the Pool may be contracted to design and fabricate artwork for eligible Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) of various scopes, timelines, and budgets throughout the City of Austin. The purpose of the Pre-Qualified Artist Pool is to provide a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects through Art in Public Places. Program staff and the Art in Public Places Panel will utilize the Pre-Qualified Pool for selecting artists for future artwork opportunities; however, selecting from the Pool is not an exclusive way for artists to be considered for artwork commission.