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Request for Proposals

Washington Monument Lighting: 50th Anniversary Poster Competition

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), in partnership The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB) is pleased to announce a Call to Artists to produce original digital artwork designs in celebration of the 50-year history of the Washington Monument lighting.

This commission of requires that sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of artwork for print fabrication and electronic distribution are original artworks that meet the design criteria of BOPA, DPOB and the Mt Vernon Conservancy

This monumental occasion opens to applicants on August 27, 2021


The Washington Monument is the centerpiece of intersecting Mount Vernon Place and Washington Place, an urban square in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood north of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, the first major monument to honor George Washington (1732–1799). Since 1971, during the first Thursday in December, the city of Baltimore has held the annual "Lighting of the Washington Monument" led by the city’s Mayor. The Monument is maintained by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.


This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists residing in the State of Maryland. Employees of BOPA and DPOB are not eligible to apply.


The selected artist will receive a commission of $1,200 to create a digital design of the artwork for print fabrication and electronic distribution. The funding is all inclusive of artist fees, expenses and taxes; artist payments will be administered in phases as deliverables are met.


August 27, 2021 Call to Artist issued

September 17, 2032 Deadline for Applications

September 30, 2021 Artist Notification

October 15, 2021 Deadline for delivery of finalized digital art file

December 2, 2021 Monument Lighting Event

Application Requirement

All applications must include the following:

-Artist Contact information (Name, Address, Email, Telephone)

-Statement of Interest (100 words)

-Resume or CV

-Artwork Concept (JPEG format preferred. Please label: Last name, First name)

-Concept Description Sheet (use this space to describe artwork concept, please limit  descriptions to 300 characters for artwork)

Application Deadline

All applications must be received online through BOPA’s Submittable application page

All applications must be received by 5:00 pm, Monday, September 20, 2021

Art Design Guidelines:

Acceptable 50th Anniversary poster proposals are 2-D works – photography, graphic design, painting or similar media for duplication. All works must be no less than 4 x 4” and no more than 20 x 20”. Work should be oriented in a portrait style and sent in a file no less than 300 dpi for print. The final poster dimensions will be 18 x 24 with borders, sponsor logos, and the event copy.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

-Quality of art design proposal

-Visual and technical sophistication

-Experience producing artwork for a highly visible public environment

-Proven experience working to accomplish a project on time

Art Selection Process:

BOPA will solicit art design proposals from artists for the Monument Lighting 50th Anniversary poster competition. A panel of project stakeholders from BOPA, DPOB and Mt Vernon Conservancy will select three artist semi-finalists. DPOB will present semi-finalist design concepts to the community of Baltimore for a vote to identify the winning design concept.

Artist Commissioning

The artist with the winning art design concept will be commissioned to prepare a finalized digital artwork to be reproduced as printed posters, event maps, and as a component of the annual Downtown for the Holidays event guide. The credited artwork will also appear in news releases, advertisements, and social media promotions. The image of that artwork will be used to represent the annual Monument Lighting in Baltimore City to be held December 2nd, 2021 where the artist will be publicly acknowledged for their work.


All applicants will be notified of the Artist Selection Panels decision by September 30, 2021. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore reserve the right not to select any of the applicants.

We’re here to help!

We are happy to help to answer any questions about the application process.

For any inquires related to the call or artist selection process please contact:

Chris Brooks, Community Art & Special Projects Manager, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

cbrooks@promotionandarts.org 443-263-4338

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