This year, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is excited to host the 2nd Annual Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition. Artists that live or create in the City of Boston are welcome to apply. We are looking for fresh, original, contemporary work. The art will be displayed at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery during the month of October. The art submitted will be judged by a jury of Boston art professionals and peers. $5,000 in prizes will be awarded. This is a great opportunity to expose your art to the Boston arts community. 

Fay Chandler was a champion and advocate of the arts and started her career as an artist later in life . She serves as an the inspiration for this exhibition and to artists of all ages.


Karen E. Haas

Lane Curator of Photographs / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Abigail Ogilvy

Owner | Director / Abigail Ogilvy Gallery

Edmund Barry Gaither

Director & Curator/Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA)



Best in Show: $2,500.00

Started making Art in the last 5 years: $1500.00

Over 50 Prize: $1000.00

* Prize winners from last year's EMERGE exhibition are ineligible to apply.


Please submit your application to join us for the 2nd year of The Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition. This is a free event that celebrates the Boston visual arts community. The reception for the Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition will take place October 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Boston City Hall.



1.    Artists must live, work, or create in Boston.

2.    All work must be made in the last 3 years.

3.   Artists with gallery representation are ineligible.

4.   Artists must be at least 18 years old.

5.   2D Art must be wired on the back, ready to hang & no larger than 48” in any dimension.

6.   3D Art must be no larger than 20” in any dimension.

The Mayor’s Office invites Boston area artists to make art out of overlooked urban forms. Submit your design idea for City utility boxes!


The PaintBox program, organized by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, is geared towards the recognition and celebration of local artists. Artists paint City of Boston utility boxes with original designs. Once professionally painted, these utility boxes in neighborhood business districts will contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the urban streetscape and deter graffiti.


● Up to three (3) designs by each Boston artist will be considered at a time. The PaintBox design template can be downloaded here
● Selections will be made by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.
● Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
● Artists will be notified if and when their designs are selected.


Artists must be at least 18 years of age.


● You must submit a specific location. We encourage artists to select boxes in neighborhoods underserved with public art and boxes that are in need of aesthetic improvement. PaintBox projects proposed for some historic districts may not be approved.
● Artists must avoid dark palettes in order to prevent boxes from overheating in the sun.
● Artists must supply their own materials, tools, and water while painting.
● The utility boxes must be scraped, cleaned and primed (with automobile spray primer) before painting. Please tape over functional areas– hinges, vents, locks, meters, keyholes, and any cautionary text – as the operational use of the boxes cannot be obstructed by paint.
● Artists are responsible for protecting their work from the elements and possible vandalism by using durable materials and a protective varnish and coating of wax. As you develop your designs, please keep in mind that large, empty monochrome areas do not help to discourage vandalism.
● The area around the box must be maintained at all times, including passage on the sidewalk for pedestrians and unobstructed traffic lanes, as well as protecting the area from drips, etc. A dropcloth must be used while priming and painting.
● Please subtly incorporate the text 'Sponsored by the City of Boston' into your design.


Participating Boston artists may receive a $300 stipend from the City of Boston upon completion of their box. Artists are responsible for the cost of all materials required to complete and protect their artwork. In order to receive payment, artists must submit the following:

● A photo of the electric utility meter number (if visible) – this is part of a collaboration with the Environment Department to promote energy efficiency through improved tracking for our street lights and traffic lights.
● Photos of the completed PaintBox
●A City of Boston vendor ID number

Visit to see examples of PaintBoxes in the city. Please click here to view and download the PaintBox design template.

Please contact with any questions.