Interactive Sculpture
Fast Track Public Art Project
Call for Maryland Artists

The City of Hagerstown seeks an artist to create permanent outdoor sculpture(s) for an audience of all ages on the new Hagerstown Cultural Trail. Works should be completed or well underway by Fall 2018. The total budget for the work is $10,000. The call is open to artists living in Maryland only. This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council.

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Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) seeks proposals for site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. We welcome and encourage proposals for incisive, surprising, and unique sculpture and installation art of all forms, including electronic media-based works that can be presented outside. Of particular interest are projects that connect visitors to the location, buildings, park landscape, community and/or history of the neighborhood. Proposals for works that prompt visitors to return multiple times to experience changes in the piece are encouraged. RoCo welcomes visual artists, sculptors, sound artists, performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, and others to submit a proposal. Download the full RFP document here:  rocopublicartrfp2018.pdf

Here is some information and Frequently Asked Questions about the Municipal Art Society’s Public Art Prize. Please send any questions you may have that are not answered here to

Application Link:

Template for the budget form to send with application: Budget Template – 2018 MASOB Public Art Prize


Who is eligible? Anyone over the age of 18, who lives within 100 miles of Baltimore, Maryland.

Is there an application fee: No.

Can I apply as a group? Yes, but one person will need to be the main contact and to sign the contract should you be awarded the prize.

Who will be deciding the winner of the prize? Board members of the Municipal Art Society

How will the budgets be judged? Before going to the jury, they will be reviewed for feasibility, specifically the amounts entered for rental of equipment, supplies and labor. Artist fees can and should be included but should not exceed 20% of the entire budget.

Where is Herring Run Park? 

Herring Run Park is an urban oasis in Northeast Baltimore—375 acres of woodlands that extends 2.3 miles from Morgan State University to I-895. Originally conceived by the Olmsted Brothers in 1904, Herring Run Park was recommended as a stream valley park extension of Montebello Park (today the Lake Montebello recreation area). The land, while not suitable for other development, was seen as a destination for travelers seeking beautiful scenery and hikers seeking rugged terrain closer to the city. The park is defined by the Herring Run, a lovely stream which meanders through it.

Herring Run

A trail currently extends from the Halls Spring Area (Harford Rd & Argonne Dr.)  to Sinclair Lane, providing opportunities to walk or bike along the stream bed.  A full loop extends from Harford to Belair Road and the trail runs along the South side of the stream from Belair Road to Sinclair Lane. The Herring Run Park Master Plan includes  renovation and expansion of the trail including an underpass that will directly connect the Lake Montebello recreation area to Herring Run Park.  Multiple side hiking trails are available in the section of the park between Harford and Belair Roads.

The Halls Spring area is the most visited section of the park providing the opportunity for picnicking, enjoying a playground, a basketball half-court and views of the stream from a pedestrian bridge over Herring Run.  Father Hooper field (located off Chesterfield Avenue near Harford Road) is the site of numerous ball fields and is often a busy place filled with soccer players and lively games.

In the lower park, playgrounds are located at Brehms Lane and Chesterfield Avenue, and at Parkside Drive near Roberton. A little known section of the park extends behind the Armistead Gardens neighborhood.  This wild and largely unmanaged section of the park has an indulating landscape that reflects its former life as a city landfill.

Herring Run

Herring Run Park is a forested treasure in the middle of Baltimore City.  Great blue heron and white egret often can be seen fishing in Herring Run.  Fox are seen with some frequency and there is a growing population of deer.   Herring Run Park provides a marvelous opportunity for city children and adults to experience the natural world.


Hall Spring access to Herring Run Park will be closed starting in mid-septemeber. No vehicular traffic will be allowed into the park at that location. The playground and basketball courts will be out of commission. In preparation for the removal of the Harford Road Bridge, major gas line work needs to be performed. Construction to install the BGE gas line will begin in September . Hall Springs park will be closed starting Mid-September through Winter 2018. Harford Road Bridge construction currently scheduled for January 2018.

What neighborhoods are near the park? Belair-Edision, Arcadia, Mayfield, Belair-Parkside, and Claremont-Freedom all border the park.

Are there other projects tied to Herring Run Park? Yes! The Friends of Herring Run Park (, The Herring Run Park Archeology Project (, and a Baltimore Heritage history of the park (

Where can projects be proposed for? We are looking to focus on Father Hooper field (located off Chesterfield Avenue near Harford Road), but will be open to other sites throughout the park, except near Hall Springs, which will not be accessible due to construction of the Harford Road bridge.

Is there electricity on site? No, you should budget in the rental of a generator if needed for your project.

How do you define Public Art? We are working from the Americans for the Arts’ definition: “Public art is exactly that, art in public spaces. The term “public art” may conjure images of historic bronze statues of a soldier on horseback in a park. Today, public art can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and scales—and can be temporary or permanent. Public art can include murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work, community art, digital new media, and even performances and festivals!”

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University Systems of Maryland, Universities at Shady Grove (USG), Rockville, MD

Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility (BSE)

Budget; Concept Design Development: $40,000, Fabrication & Installation: $520,000

Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2017

Overview: The Maryland State Arts Council in partnership with the University Systems of Maryland announces a national Request for Qualifications for a public art project on the campus of the Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD. The new BSE Facility is 228,000 SF that will serve the STEMM fields. The building will be sustainably sourced and built and should achieve Gold Level LEED certification. The BSE will educate students and users about the building’s systems and sustainable features such as sunshades, baffles, skylights, bio-swales and rainwater harvesting. The artwork should highlight the mission of the BSE STEMM fields and building sustainability features and should visually link inside and outside and connect to the campus. Artist or artist teams apply submitting a Statement of Interest, Resume, References, and 12 background images. Full Guidelines and Architectural plans on the MSAC website. Apply on CaFÉ.

For questions about the BSE project please email For technical questions about CaFÉ, email

Gertrude Howes Park Civil Rights
Public Art Tribute, Boston, MA

RFQ at    
Apply online at
Deadline: Thu, 5/25/17, 11:59pm MST
The Art Selection Committee of the Gertrude Howes Park Civil Rights Public Art Tribute project invites artists, also in collaboration with landscape designers, to forward public art qualifications for an innovative, permanent public art installation that will serve as a tribute to civil rights. The tribute is envisioned to be an abstract work of public art dedicated to the movement rather than a representation dedicated to individual persons or events. The selection process will lead to the identification of four artists/teams who will develop initial proposals for a $2,500 honorarium each for initial concept development and presentations. The anticipated budget is $200,000-250,000.


(Pictured above) Renderings and Site Images courtesy of Buell Kratzer Powell

Call to Artists | Requests for Qualifications

Project Budget: $37,000
Deadline for Submissions: March 29, 2017
Download the Full Call to Artists Here
Application Synopsis

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $37,000 competition to commission a site-specific artwork for Fishtown Recreation Center. This commission is part of the $1.5 million Lederer Pool Replacement at Fishtown Recreation Center by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Overall Site Description

Fishtown Recreation Center (1202-32 E. Montgomery Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125) totals 1.4 acres and consists of a recreation center, a hockey rink, three basketball courts, and a public pool. Affectionately called “The Swimmo” by local residents, the pool is highly utilized but in poor condition.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will replace the pool and surrounding facilities. Site improvements include: reducing the distance between the pool deck and the surrounding sidewalk to increase the site’s accessibility; installing a large canopy to provide shade; creating a spray ground with built-in water features to provide a cooling activity for young children and those not wishing to enter the water; upgrading the restrooms; and lastly, constructing a new pump room.

Art Commission Opportunity

The Percent for the Art Program and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation seek to commission a high quality, original site-specific artwork that celebrates the new pool as well as the area’s heritage and strong sense of community. More information, as well as a site visit, will be given at the Pre-Proposal Meeting.

Two potential sites have been identified: 1. The canopy, or 2. The surrounding fencing. Artists are invited to consider placing something upon the canopy, which would serve as both a sculpture and create shadows on the ground. On the fencing, artists are invited to consider adding elements to the entire fence; or just certain sections, such as the gate. Detailed information about the fencing can be found at:

A budget of $37,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This competition is open to artists and artist-teams who reside in the United States. The City of Philadelphia reserves the right to determine additional eligibility requirements.

Artwork will be selected on the basis of creativity, artistic merit, technical proficiency, and relationship to the site. Long-term maintenance, durability, and public safety concerns will be major selection criteria. Artists are required to comply with applicable rules, contracts, and procedures of all governmental boards and agencies of the City of Philadelphia.