Call for Artists and Designers
“Celebrating the Urban Environment”
Salem, Massachusetts, Summer 2017

Salem, MA – The City of Salem seeks proposals from artists and designers interested in creating site-responsive public art installations in the heart of downtown Salem during the summer/fall of 2017. Artists and designers working in any media, including light, sound, or other multimedia, are encouraged to submit proposals. The City is particularly interested in installations that have an impact when viewed across the site and that are effective at night as well as during the day.

Three sites for the public art project have been chosen to celebrate the urban environment and create a pathway through locations in the downtown. Artists may apply for one, two or three sites.

The selection committee is particularly interested in artists or designers who show promise of creating a project that:

– is durable and easily maintainable for four months in exterior conditions

– responds to the physical, historical, and/or social attributes of the site

– reflect high level of quality in design and fabrication

– offers the potential for community interaction


March 30, 2017 All electronic submissions due

Mid-April Final Selection

End of April Proposal presented in person

End of May 2017 Project Completed and Installed

Please submit the following:

Resume/Bio with contact information and website (if applicable)

Statement of Interest (50 words or less)

Example of work for reference:

 Title

 Location

 Ten Jpeg images of completed work

 Material/Medium

 Dimensions

 Brief Description of the project

Site Specific Project: (if proposing more than one, one proposal for each site)

 Title

 Location

 Description of Project

 Ten jpeg Images of Proposed Work

 Material/Medium

 Dimensions

 Method of Installation

 Maintenance Requirements

 Timeline

How to Submit:

Submissions should be emailed to Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner, City of Salem, [email protected]. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please re-send or call Deborah at 978-619-5681.

Map of Sites:

For more information about the RFP please contact Deborah Greel: [email protected]

For information please contact: Deborah Greel, [email protected]
To download an application, please visit:

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