Public Art Fund Open Call for NY-Based Emerging Artists Deadline: Dec 1, 2010

Open Call for New York-Based Emerging Artists
Deadline: December 1, 2010

In the Public Realm is a Public Art Fund program designed to champion innovative public art projects by New York State-based emerging artists. Artists selected will develop proposals, consult with Public Art Fund to shape their projects, and ultimately realize their work in one of New York City’s five boroughs. Artists are encouraged to submit an application that considers how to translate his or her specific studio practice and interests into a new public artwork. Previous experience working in public spaces is not necessary.

Artists previously commissioned through In the Public Realm include:
David Altmejd · assume vivid astro focus · Isidro Blasco · Beth Campbell · Peter Coffin · Jennifer Cohen · Alejandro Diaz · Keith Edmier · Rob Fischer · Jonah Freeman · Kate Gilmore · Mark Handforth · Corin Hewitt · Christine Hill · Nina Katchadourian · Anissa Mack · Tony Matelli · Josiah McElheny · Dave McKenzie · Paul Pfeiffer · Paul Ramirez Jonas · Xaviera Simmons · Allison Smith · Valeska Soares · Sarah Sze · Fatimah Tuggar · Olav Westphalen

The Award

  • $1,000 each for ten artists selected to develop a proposal for a public artwork
  • $15,000 commission and $2,500 artist fee for up to three artists to realize their artwork

Who is Eligible
Artists who live or work in New York State are eligible to apply.

The Process
Phase One: December 2010 – Submissions
DECEMBER 1, 2010 is the deadline for submissions. Public Art Fund will review the submissions and a panel of curators and artists will select ten artists to develop formal proposals for a public artwork. Artists will be selected and notified in March 2011.

Phase Two: Spring 2011 – Proposal Development
The ten selected artists will each receive $1,000 to develop a proposal in consultation with Public Art Fund. Investigating potential sites and communities throughout New York City, artists will produce a comprehensive description of the work including a detailed budget and working drawings and/or maquettes. Final proposals will be submitted to Public Art Fund in April 2011.

Phase Three: Summer 2011 – Commissions
Public Art Fund will commission up to three artists to realize their work. Each artist will receive an artist’s fee of $2,500 and $15,000 towards fabrication, installation, and de-installation based on an approved project budget.

How to Apply
NEW THIS YEAR! We are happy to announce that this year’s application process will be entirely online. Please visit to apply.
This website guides you through the online application process and includes instructions for formatting image and video files. Please note that all fields must be complete in order to submit your application.

Online applications must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. No additional materials should be submitted. Paper applications will not be accepted and will not be returned.

The online application includes:

  1. Your name and contact information.
  2. Current resume.
  3. An artist’s statement of no more than 200 words describing your practice.
  4. A statement of no more than 200 words describing your preliminary idea for a public artwork that could be realized within the parameters of the In the Public Realm program. This statement should broadly describe the work you are interested in making and demonstrate how your practice might translate into the public sphere. Note: this preliminary idea is non-binding. If you are selected to develop a proposal in Phase Two, you may, in consultation with Public Art Fund, develop a proposal for a different work.
  5. Examples of Past Work:
    a. Six JPG images of your past work
    b. Up to three FLV or MP4 videos of your past work.
  6. Two JPG images that support your preliminary idea for a public artwork. These supporting images may be sketches, renderings, photographs, or images of past work that directly relate to your preliminary idea.* Please note that collaborative artist teams should select one contact person and describe their collaborative approach within the artist’s statement section of the application.

If you have questions about the program after visiting, please

It is at Public Art Fund’s sole discretion to make the final selection decision, and Public Art Fund is under no obligation to select from the materials submitted. Beyond formal notification, Public Art Fund will not enter into any correspondence regarding the decision.

PUBLIC ART FUND is New York’s leading presenter of artists’ projects, new commissions, installations, and exhibitions in public spaces. Since 1977, the Public Art Fund has worked with over 500 emerging and established artists to produce innovative exhibitions of contemporary art throughout New York City. By bringing artworks outside the traditional context of museums and galleries, the Public Art Fund provides a unique platform for an unparalleled public encounter with the art of our time.

Public Art Fund is a non-profit organization supported by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. In the Public Realm is supported in part by public funds from National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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