About This Call

The City of Boston, in collaboration with the HLTH Conference, is looking for 4 to 10 artists to create designs for a short-term exterior artwork exhibit on the front of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) during the HLTH Conference, October 17-20, 2021. The installation is intended to reflect the contributions, experiences, and losses of the Boston and Massachusetts healthcare community during COVID-19, as well as look ahead on the theme Dear Future, we’re coming for you--the theme of the HLTH 2021 event.

Basics

  • This is a Call to Artists for digital designs for 2-dimensional short-term public artworks at the BCEC.
  • The budget is $1,500/artist (Fabrication and installation are provided)
  • The Call opens on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
  • The Call closes on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 5 pm EDT.
  • This Call to Artists is open to young people, up and coming as well as professional artists. The artist should work in two-dimensional media such as photography, printmaking, painting, illustration, or graphic design.

Background

HLTH 2021 is the largest and most important conference for health innovation. HLTH 2021 is the preeminent event designed for the health industry, bringing together senior leaders to solve healthcare’s most pressing problems and the most promising opportunities to create health’s future.

HLTH features four days of inspiring content, curated networking, educational sessions, and dynamic events for payers, providers, employers, investors, startups, life sciences, policymakers and innovation centers.

HLTH will be held at the BCEC October 17-20, 2021.  Boston is one of the nation’s major hubs for healthcare, technology and the life sciences and host to a thriving health innovation economy. Offering proximity to a large number of digital health, pharmaceutical, biotech and high-tech companies, notable health systems and universities, Boston is the ideal setting for HLTH.

Project Context

The mission of this project is to create a temporary art exhibit on the front of the BCEC, using the unique triangular display areas. The intended audience includes area residents, those attending HLTH and the healthcare and life sciences community in the region. Once the event is completed, the installation will be donated to the City of Boston to be displayed at a later time and location. The exhibit is intended to:

  • Help visitors reflect on their personal experiences during the pandemic, as well as the community’s experience given the prominent role of healthcare and the life sciences in the local economy as well as on the national stage
  • Provide a tribute to frontline healthcare workers and others in healthcare who displayed courage, commitment and ingenuity during the pandemic
  • Serve as a memorial for ALL lives lost as a result of COVID-19 by offering a safe space for contemplation and personal tribute
  • Look to the future with hope for what can be accomplished for when communities, cities, states and nations work together

The creativity and vision of this project should speak to the healthcare industry as well as local residents. All submissions will be in a digital format, to then be reproduced and installed at the BCEC.

Further Reflection

The year 2020 impacted the globe and singularly changed everyone’s lives. For the first time in recorded human history, the entire global population was united through a shared struggle that yielded massive loss and isolation. Neighbors and strangers now shared the commonality of a virus that stopped us all in our tracks. The pandemic reminded us that our similarities far outweigh our differences.

United in our effort to eliminate COVID-19 and prevent it in the future, we are declaring our refusal to let another pandemic take us by surprise, and further, our intent to prevent future pandemics altogether. Our unwritten vow of solidarity in the face of this pandemic is a letter written to our future selves.

Dear Future, we’re coming for you is the theme we invite artists to explore and reflect on, even in the face of great loss. How has COVID-19 affected you, your community, your life and the life of those around you? How do you see the future moving forward? How do you view healthcare providers in light of the pandemic? How did COVID-19 make us stronger, more defiant? How did it weaken us? How is it emboldening us to change?

Project Site

The project site is the front of the BCEC, at 415 Summer St, using these unique triangular truss structures. The diagram linked below shows the space for artwork in red. All artwork will be submitted in a digital format using a template and will be produced and installed by the HLTH team. Sizes vary in range (depending on the location) from approximately 19’x29’x35’ to 30’x38’x29’ (exact sizes will be supplied in advance to selected artists).

Click here to see a diagram of the project site

Timeline and Process

With this project taking place in October, the City of Boston and HLTH anticipate the following timeline:

  • Wednesday, July 14th - Call available by noon EST
  • Monday, August 16,  2021, 5pm EDT - Deadline to respond to the call
  • HLTH selects artists - August 23, 2021 by 5pm EDT
  • Selected artists provide final designs - September 20, 2021
  • Fabrication and installation -installation complete by end of day, October 16, 2021
  • HLTH Conference and public presentation of artwork - October 17-20, 2021.

Budget

Each artist selected will be awarded a stipend of $1,500 per design. This includes all of the artist’s costs associated with the proposal, design, and the creation of high-resolution digital files that will be used to create the final artwork.

The HLTH team will manage the fabrication, oversight, and installation of the artwork, which will be completed by a professional fabrication company.

Who Should Apply | Eligibility

This Call to Artists is open to young people, up and coming as well as professional artists with a preference for artists living and working in Boston. The artist should work in two-dimensional media such as photography, printmaking, painting, illustration, or graphic design.

Selection Criteria

Artists will be selected by the HLTH team in consultation with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, in accordance with the City of Boston’s Curatorial Vision, project design goals, and cultural context, alignment with the theme, and the strength of their work samples.

Intellectual Property and Guarantee

Contracted artists will enter into an agreement with HLTH for HLTH to use photographs of installed artwork for promotional purposes.  Artist retains all other proprietary rights, including property ownership, intellectual property rights and Copyrights, in and to all Preliminary Works and Working Files.

Applicants guarantee that they are the sole author of the Artwork proposed, and the sole owner of any and all copyrights pertaining to the artwork or have obtained the appropriate permissions and licenses to incorporate the works of others.

Artist Housing Certification Guidelines

What is an Artist Certificate? 

An Artist Housing Certificate is a letter from Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The letter confirms that the artist has been active in their artistic practice in the past three years. An Artist Housing Certificate qualifies an artist as eligible for artist live/work housing and some work space in Boston. The Artist Housing Certification is valid for a period of eight years. Upon expiration, the artist will need to reapply to receive a new Artist Housing Certification. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture keeps a list of all spaces for artists in the City of Boston, whether they require the Artist Certification or not. Review those spaces here. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture does not maintain a waitlist for these spaces and is not able to confirm when these spaces will become available.


***PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning on submitting an application to the Terrace Street Artist Condos Lottery, you must submit your Artist Housing Certification application before 5PM on July 27 to guarantee that you will receive your certification letter (if you are approved) before the Terrace Street Artist Condo application deadline of July 30.***


Who is eligible for an Artist Housing Certification?

Applicants must able to demonstrate that they have a recent body (last three years) of artwork and must be at least 18 years of age. Artists in the following disciplines are considered:

  • Visual Arts: including painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, conceptual art, ceramics, woodworking, architecture/design, media arts, film, and new media.
  • Performing Arts: including dance, theater, and music.
  • Literary Arts: including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and spoken word.
  • Multidisciplinary Art

If you are a commercial artist who has an office space to do your work, and/or works for a company instead of for yourself (sole proprietor) we require examples of your personal fine art to ensure that you need an artist space for your artistic work. This is also the case for artists who are employed full-time in other industries.

Who reviews the applications?

The Artist Resource Manager in the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture reviews applications.

The decision of the Artist Resource Manager is final. If an applicant is not certified during this round, it is because they were not able to convey that they have been actively making art in the past three years through their application.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria.

  • Evidence of a recent body of work (last three years), demonstrated by an artistic resume or CV that lists dates and locations of exhibitions, publications, performances, press, awards, artist residencies, jobs held in arts discipline field, and formal training if you have it.
  • Documentation of artwork (or "work samples) including image files, video clips, and writing samples. Files must be dated or they will not be considered. 
  • One reference letter of support from peers and professionals in the arts who can confirm you have been active in your artistic practice over the past three years.

When are applications accepted?

Applications for the Artist Certification are reviewed every other month. Please check out website to see when we will be reviewing applications.

When will I hear back about the status of my application?

You will hear back about your application the week after we review applications. Use the link above to check when we will be reviewing applications.

What is Automatic Certification?

Automatic certification is granted to artists who have received any of the following awards in the last 3 years: the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, The Boston Foundation Brother Thomas Fellowship, the Boston Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, or the City of Boston Emerging Artist Award.

To receive automatic certification, please fill out your name and contact information in the Artist Housing Certification application and upload your fellowship letter in the Work Samples section. Letter must prove reception of award in the past three years.

Public Art Curator Roster Guidelines

The City of Boston is creating a list of qualified curators interested in leading in the creation of municipal, private, and public-private public art projects. The Public Art Curator Roster is a response to an increase in requests for qualified curators experienced in the public realm from stakeholders in the field. In order to provide interested parties introduction to experienced public art curators, this list will be made publicly available on Boston.gov/arts. 

The Public Art Curator Roster is valid for a period of eight years. Upon expiration, the curator will need to reapply to renew their inclusion on the roster.

Who is eligible for a Public Art Curator Roster?
Applicants must able to demonstrate that they have a recent body (last three years) of curatorial experience and must be at least 18 years of age. Additionally, curators and other professionals with experience and interest in the following categories are considered:

  • Public art planning
  • Public art project management

Curators with experience and interest in the following categories of projects are considered:

  • Private property projects
  • Public property projects
  • Interior projects
  • Exterior projects
  • Temporary installations
  • Long-term installations
  • Two-dimensional projects
  • Three-dimensional projects
  • Participatory activations working with multiple stakeholders 

Curators may work as a sole proprietor or may be a member of a larger organization or company but must apply individually. 

The City of Boston is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military, and veteran status, or other protected category.

Why create this roster?

The Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) released the City’s first cultural plan, Boston Creates, in 2016, calling for increased support to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem. In order to integrate art into Boston's landscape, the City created a Percent for Art Program demonstrating the City’s leadership and commitment to sustainable funding for the arts by setting aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art. 

In order to fulfill this shared vision of a robust arts and culture ecosystem, the City's efforts must be met with private endeavors and public-private partnerships. Urban visionaries across the world invite curators and artists to join their design teams; we encourage all leaders working in Boston to celebrate the unique cultural vibrancy of the city of Boston through the creation of innovative and transformative artworks in our built environment. 

Who reviews the applications?

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture reviews applications and decisions are final. If an applicant is not accepted during this round, it is because they were not able to convey that they have been actively curating public art projects in the past three years through their application.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria.

  • Evidence of a recent body of work (last three years), demonstrated by a resume or CV that lists dates and locations of exhibitions, installations, publications, performances, press, awards, residencies, jobs held in arts discipline field, and formal training if relevant.
  • Documentation of installations and exhibitions including image files, video clips, and writing samples. Files must be dated or they will not be considered. 
  • Recommendations and letters of support from peers and professionals in the arts.

When are applications accepted?
Applications for the Public Art Curator Roster are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed the last week of every month. If you submit your application by close of business on the last Tuesday of the month, your application will be reviewed that month.

When will I hear back about the status of my application?
You should expect to wait no more than 6 weeks to hear back.

Boston City Hall

Call to Artists & Art Organizations

The Scollay Square Gallery, The Mayor’s Gallery, and 

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery at Boston City Hall.

 

Seeking artists and artist organizations, that live or create in Boston to exhibit at Boston City Hall. Your submission will be kept on file for future consideration.

 

Selection process

  • This is an ongoing search, there is no deadline


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Applications must be submitted three weeks before a Boston Art Commission meeting and six weeks before the proposed installation start date. The BAC meets on the second Tuesday of every month. 


COVID-19

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is following the City of Boston's phased re-opening plan. We encourage you to monitor the City's re-opening page, where we continue to update exhibit and performance guidelines. As you consider applying, keep in mind that these phases may impact approval and installation timelines. 

The Boston Art Commission, housed within the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, advocates for the creation of innovative and transformative art and promotes its accessibility to enrich the lives of Boston’s diverse citizens and visitors. The Art Commission advises, supports, and consults with artists and communities, City departments, and others. It commissions, approves, and conserves the City of Boston’s collection of art and historical artifacts. 

This form is for BAC review on whether to allow artwork to be sited on City property; this is not an application for funding. 

Please fill out the following form to propose both short and long-term public art and design interventions and installations on City of Boston property.

All applications may be reviewed by the Boston Art Commission at our monthly meeting, generally scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month. Applications must be submitted three weeks before a BAC meeting and six weeks before the proposed installation start date.

City of Boston Arts and Culture