Call for Portfolios: Public Art 2017, USA

Publish Date: May 18, 2017

Deadline: May 26, 2017

Call for Portfolios: Public Art 

The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) and Town of Brookline are seeking an artist or artist team to develop a detailed proposal for an art installation for the Coolidge Corner area of Brookline. 

Serving as a centerpiece for Brookline's annual First Light Festival, this project aims to engage and uplift the community during the winter season. Over the years, First Light has grown into the Town’s annual winter festival, showcasing the talents of local artists, musicians and performers at businesses and other venues throughout town.  The installation will launch in early November and remain in place through January. The completed installation should be durable and reusable. 


This call is open to New England-based professional artists, artisans or teams with experience in public art, site responsive design and project management.

Project Details: 

The initial amount budgeted for this project is $9,000, which includes artist fee, materials and installation. 

A committee comprised of representatives from the Brookline Arts Center and the Town of Brookline will select the artist. The committee will review portfolio materials to determine whom to invite for a second round of evaluation. Up to three artists will be selected for the second round. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $500 stipend to create a detailed proposal. Final proposals should include detailed models, drawings, renderings, samples of work and/or materials depending on the nature of the proposal. All finalists will present their final proposals to the committee in person. Please do not submit detailed models, drawings, samples, or final proposals for the first round of the selection process.


  • May 26 - Deadline for portfolio submission
  • May 30-31 - 3 finalists chosen, stipends awarded
  • June 5-9 - Location walk-through with finalists
  • June 30 - Proposals due
  • July 5 - Final notification
  • July 14 - Project plan finalized
  • August-October - Community engagement
  • November 1 - Installation
  • Late January - Take down and storage 

How to Apply:

Please compile one PDF document following the instructions below.  Then, submit your application by following the link at the bottom of the official webpage. Please title your document: LastName_FirstName_PublicArt2017.pdf 

Please include up to 10 images of recent work in your PDF document. Directly underneath each image, please provide the following information: title, media, dimensions and year completed.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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