The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Wexford Science + Technology are issuing this call for artists for an indoor mural for 4MLK at 4 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Baltimore MD 4MLK is a gateway between the BioPark, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Medical Center offering Class A laboratory, office, flex lab, and convening spaces, and is set to open in fall of 2024.

Information and images of the project are at https://www.4mlk.com

This call for artists will be conducted in two parts: the first is a Request for Qualifications (this current call for artists), in which experienced muralists, public artists and 2D artists may apply with examples of work, detailed below. Two artists will be invited to submit a proposal for the site and paid a $500 stipend. The selected artist will then work directly with representatives from Wexford Science + Technology to make final design decisions and install the mural.

The total budget for this 570 square foot mural is $19,950. Expected completion date of the mural would be October 2024.
 

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 

Artists will submit the following as part of their qualifications: 

– A professional resume detailing their experience, past projects, and any relevant skills or  qualifications. 

– A portfolio of past work, ideally including examples of public art projects. NOTE: Studio Artists with limited public art experience are also encouraged to submit for consideration. 

– A letter of interest explaining why they are interested in this project and what they could bring to it. 

– References from past clients or collaborators.


 

Request for Proposal (RFP) 

The RFP will ask for a rough conceptual design of the proposed artwork. This should include sketches, descriptions, and any other materials that can help the selection committee understand the artist's vision.

The artists should also provide a proposed budget and timeline for their project.

Artists selected to submit an RFP will be compensated $500 for their time and effort.


 

Guidelines

  1. Artists living and working in the Baltimore region are preferred but the all artists living in the United States are eligible to apply.
  2. Artists who work in collaboration may apply as a group. Each artist’s name and contact information should be listed on the application form. A one-page resume for the collaborative group and a single set of support materials should be submitted. Each individual member of the collaborative group must meet all other guidelines.
  3. Artists who apply as individuals must submit original artwork that is principally created by them. It is understood that sometimes individual artists may employ the work of another artist to complete a larger scale project. 
  4. Upon www.submittable.com’s receipt of application materials, artists will be sent an automatic email confirmation. If an artist does not receive this confirmation within 48 hours, please contact Lou Joseph at ljoseph@promotionandarts.org.
  5. The finalists and selected artist will be responsible for paying all applicable federal, state, and local taxes.
  6. The decisions, made by representatives from Wexford Science + Technology, are final.
  7. The selected artist will need to provide proof of insurance to work on site to install the mural.
  8. BOPA and BFAI Board members, employees and/or relatives (defined as children, spouse, domestic partner, or parents) are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.


Questions? Please email Lou Joseph at ljoseph@promotionandarts.org

Hello, please complete this final report by September 1, 2024. This form is for recipients of BOPA's arts education grants for the 2023-2024 school year or prior. Please contact Twi McCallum, tmccallum@promotionandarts.org if you have any questions.

Hello Semifinalist!

Please submit all the info for the work you're planning to exhibit at the Sondheim Semifinalist Exhibition this August 2-10, 2024 at MICA's Decker Gallery. There is a section at the end for any additional comments or concerns, you can always email me at ljoseph@promotionandarts.org or call/text at 443-956-2033 for any answers you need.

Info:

  • Location: MICA’s Decker Gallery (1300 West Mt Royal Ave)
  • Artwork drop off: Sunday, July 28, 10am to 5pm
  • Installation Dates: July 28 to Aug 1, 2024
  • Opening reception: Friday, Aug 2, 6-9pm
  • Exhibition Dates: Aug 2 to 10
  • Artscape Dates/hours: Aug 2, 5-10pm; Aug 3, 11am to 10pm; Aug 4, 11am to 5pm
  • De-installation Dates/Artwork pick up: Aug 11 and 12

Thanks!

Lou

2023 MASB Artist Travel Prize call for artists The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is proud to announce the eighth edition of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB) Artist Travel Prize, sponsored by MASB. The MASB was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City. This prize will award $7,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators, living or working in Baltimore City. Successful proposals will be selected from submissions that clearly articulate the artist’s reason for travel to the chosen destination and how it relates to their work. The $7,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to an artist’s studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford.

 

Previous Artist Travel Prize Recipients:

2016: Stephen Towns

2017: Nate Larson

2018: Erick Antonio Benitez, Erin Fostel

2019: LaToya Hobbs, J.M. Giordano

2020: Hoesy Corona, Schroeder Cherry

2021: Rosa Leff

2022: Jackie Milad, Elena Volkova

2023 Jill Orlov

 

Application Process The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize will be accepting online applications at this site.

You will be asked to submit the following:

Written Proposal (one page max, PDF only) This should include where you would go if awarded the prize, a section about your work, and an explanation of how this opportunity would advance your studio practice. The primary goal of this award is to advance an artist’s work by broadening one’s experience through travel and observation. One’s proposal does not need to be tied to a possible or secured artist residency. Travel can be the objective of one’s proposal however, if this is the case, please explain why you have selected your destination, what you hope to see, and how this trip might enhance the way you think about your work. Your proposal should include a post travel public presentation, which would be an artist talk presented with BOPA and MASB.

Resume (two pages max, PDF only)

Images

  • Artists must submit 10 images of their work most relevant to their proposal.
  • Images should be in jpeg format, and not be larger than 1 MB. (1240x900 pixels, 72 dpi)
  • Please label your images last name, first name and number corresponding to your image list (example: DoeJane_01.jpg, DoeJane_02.org, etc.)

Videos Artists wishing to submit video work in lieu of images may do so by submitting a maximum of  3links to their videos on YouTube, Vimeo, etc., or submit video directly to the application. Videos should not exceed two minutes; you do not need to submit your whole project. Pick a representative sample that will give jurors a good example of your work.

Image/Video list (one page max, PDF only) List title, media, year produced, and any narrative information for the jurors.

Travel Budget Please provide the most realistic budget for your proposed travel, including all things that need to be funded to realize the trip. Do not feel compelled to pad your travel with the highest number of locations or quantity of travel — the budget should reflect the needs as described in your statement and the most realistic use of the funds. Please keep funds specific to the artist's needs for travel. Equipment costs are not eligible, and childcare and non-contributing partner expenses should be avoided.

Guidelines

  1. Artists living and/or working in Baltimore City are eligible; Artists must live or work (studio practice or arts/arts related organization/program) within Baltimore City during time of application and during the entire granting period.
  2. Artists must be at least 21 years old and may not be full-time students or enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the granting period, Summer 2023 to Fall 2024. (Although current seniors and last semester graduate students are encouraged to apply.)
  3. Artists who apply as individuals must submit original artwork that is principally created by them. It is understood that sometimes individual artists may employ the work of another artist to complete a larger scale project. For example, an artist who works in video may choose to include sound in the video that is composed by another artist. In such cases, the individual artist applying to the MASB Artist Travel Prize must be the primary creator of the work, they must disclose any assistance received on artwork submitted for consideration and they must obtain permission from the contributor to submit the work for consideration. Failure to disclose this support will disqualify the applicant, and the artist will be required to return any prize monies awarded.
  4. Upon www.submittable.com’s receipt of application materials, artists will be sent an automatic email confirmation. If an artist does not receive this confirmation within 48 hours, please contact      Lou Joseph at ljoseph@promotionandarts.com.
  5. The award will be paid in two installments. $6,000 will be paid upon signing a contract with BOPA, wherein the artist agrees to the guidelines outlined here. The second  payment of $1,000 will be paid upon the completion of travel by written notice to Lou Joseph at ljoseph@promotionandarts.org.
  6. The artist award may not be used for the purchase of equipment or materials for art      production.
  7. Winners of the MASB Artist Travel Grant Prize will be responsible for paying all applicable federal, state, and local taxes. 1099 form will be issued for tax purposes. The Budget prepared for the submission will also be submitted to the Fiscal agent in support of the funds distribution
  8. MASB and BOPA reserve the right to reproduce images of applicants’ work for printed or internet publicity, catalog, or marketing purposes.
  9. Previous winners of the MASB Public Art Prize are not eligible to apply for this award, as are recipients of the Henry Walters Travel Prize.
  10. MASB and BOPA reserve the right to reproduce images of applicants’ work for printed or internet publicity, catalog, or marketing purposes.
  11. The decisions of the jurors are final. The jury consists of the members of the board of the MASB, and jurors/board members may change without notification.
  12. BOPA and MASB Board members, employees and/or Immediate family (defined as children, spouse, domestic partner, or parents) are not eligible to apply for the MASB Artist Travel Prize. 


Estimated Timeline 

  • May 1, 2024: Calls for entries released
  • Monday, June 3, 2024: Application closed
  • July 11, 2024: Recipient of MASB Artist Travel Prize announced
  • Fall 2025: public presentation by MASB Artist Travel Prize recipient

For more information about the Travel Prize, contact Lou Joseph at ljoseph@promotionandarts.org. For more information about the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, contact Antoinette Peale at apeale@gmail.com.


 

The following final report is for the Communities Thrive Organizational Project Grant  agreement made by and between the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (hereinafter “BOPA”), a non-profit organization and "granted" Baltimore City Arts & Cultural Organizations, made possible with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council. The grant was provided to support small to mid-sized arts organizations in the production and presentation of artistic works accessible to the Baltimore City public. 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts: Arts Council