Interactive Wall Art Project in University Plaza
Fast Track Public Art Project
Call for Maryland Artists

The City of Hagerstown seeks an artist to create permanent interactive wall art in the University Plaza. Works should be completed or well underway by Fall 2018. The total budget for the work is $7,500. The call is open to artists living in Maryland only. This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council.

Criteria: In their application materials, the applicant should demonstrate:

  • Artistic or design excellence and technical merit
  • Experience in permanent exterior sculpture/architecture/engineering
  • Responsiveness to community context and the Trail’s design intent, as well as long-term durability and sustainability
  • A proven ability to fabricate their work or to work with fabricators and installers at a scale appropriate to this artwork
  • The ability to meet Durability and Maintenance Criteria as delineated in this call, if applicable

The City is committed to excellence in environmental stewardship and in sustainable building practices and encourages Artists interested in sustainable design to consider applying for these artworks.

The Selection Panel plans to invite about three finalists for interviews, which can take place either in person or via videoconference (e.g., Skype).

Selection Panel:
The majority of the members of the Selection Panel will consist of art and design professionals, including curators, architects, and professional artists. Juries may also include representatives of the City of Hagerstown, the Washington County Arts Council, stakeholder organizations, and community members. The City Engineer will serve as an advisor to the Selection Panel.

What to Submit:
Upload the following files to WCAC’s DropBox (

  • A brief statement, in PDF or Word format, not to exceed two pages, describing:
–       how the artist would approach this work and its context
–       how the artist sees this work in relation to the past work of the artist
–       the artist’s interest in and/or experience with community involvement, participation or interactivity in public art projects.
–       Ability to stay within budget and what assistance the artist expects for the City of Hagerstown.
  • Three professional references with current contact information, in PDF or Word format
  • A Slide Script (image list) that includes for each work the title, year, dimensions, the medium or material, the names of any other artists involved, and a one sentence description, budgets, date of work, in PDF or Word format
  • An artist resume of no more than two pages, at a minimum 10-point type size, with current contact information, in PDF or Word format
  • Up to 6 labeled digital images of related past work related to this call:
    jpeg file format only
–       No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
–       72 ppi/dpi
–       5 MB maximum file size

The deadline for applications is 3/7/18 at 5 pm EST. Maryland artists only!

The project prefers to receive applications through the Washington County Arts Council’s Dropbox folder “Interactive Wall Art – Maryland Artists” using this link:

Detailed instructions are included in the call.

Mailed or hand-delivered submissions will be accepted by the Washington County Arts Council at 34 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21740. These submissions will be considered, as long as:

  • they comply with all submission requirements above and include a CD or thumb drive of digital images.
  • they are received by 5 PM on 3/14/18 – This is not a postmark deadline!
Incomplete applications or those that do not follow
instructions will not be considered.
Mailed materials cannot be returned.

Download, read, and return all completed documents:

Full Call/Submission Form

Durability and Maintenance Criteria • Trail Master Plan

PLEASE NOTE: You will need the FREE up-to-date version of ADOBE READER to view and/or fill out the forms digitally.

Washington County Arts Council

ATTN: Chris Brewer, Gallery Manager

34 S. Potomac Street, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

(301) 791-3132

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