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Last updated: 9/17/18

Public art requests for proposals

You can respond to open RFPs for permanent public art commissioned by the City of Boston.

We regularly release Requests for Proposals for permanent public art on City property. The Boston Art Commission advocates for the creation of innovative and transformative art. We want to enrich the lives of Boston’s citizens through public art. If you’re a local artist, please consider responding to one of the open RFPs below.

Still have questions? Contact:
Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029
United States
Questions about RFPs?

Contact the Boston Art Commission at BAC@boston.gov.

Percent for Art program

The City released its first cultural plan, Boston Creates, in 2016. The plan called for more support for Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem.

The Percent for Art Program is a critical part of the planning process and addresses Goal 4 of the plan:

to integrate arts and culture into all aspects of civic life, inspiring all Bostonians to value, practice, and reap the benefits of creativity in their individual lives and in their communities

Who's involved

Through the program, we set aside one percent of the City’s annual capital borrowing budget for the commissioning of public art. The Percent for Art Program is administered by the:

We also work with:
WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Engine 42 Fire Station

Contact: Arts and Culture
project summary

The City of Boston, as part of its Percent for Art program, invites artists or artist teams to apply to create permanent public artwork to complement the new Engine 42 fire station.

The total project budget is $300,000. This Call to Artists is open to all:

  • artists
  • artisans
  • architects
  • landscape architects, or
  • teams with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration.

We expect this project to take 12-18 months to complete. The deadline to respond to the Call to Artists is September 26, 2018.

project timeline
  • August 13, 2018: Call to Artists available
  • August 29, 2018: Deadline to send questions to bac@boston.gov
  • August 31, 2018: Answers to all questions posted online
  • September 26, 2018: Deadline to submit applications
  • October 2018: Artist/team contract executed

No questions were submitted for this project.

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Dudley Branch Library

Contact: Arts and Culture
project summary

This is the first of two public art projects that will complement the renovation of the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library.

With a budget of $250,000, the project is for a site-specific, impactful, focal design feature. The RFP for the public art project is open to all:

  • professional artists and artisans
  • architects and landscape architects, or
  • teams with experience in public art, site-responsive design, project management, and construction administration.

We encourage Roxbury residents to apply.

rfp timeline
  • May 7, 2018: Call to artists available
  • May 18, 2018, by 5 p.m. EST: Questions due to the City
  • May 25, 2018: Answers to all questions posted online
  • June 8, 2018, by noon EST: Deadline to submit proposals
  • Summer 2018: Artist announced

City Responses to Questions

Jamaica Plain Library | Percent for Art

Project Summary

The public art project will complement recent renovations made to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library.

PROJECT Timeline
  • April-June 2018: Design process
  • July 2018: Artist presents to the Boston Art Commission and to the Community Advisory Committee for final approval
  • Summer 2018: Artwork fabrication and installation

Matthew Hinçman was selected as the artist for the Jamaica Plain library public art project. He is a professor of sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Hinçman is also chair of the Fine Arts 3D Program. He currently serves on the board of the Boston-based nonprofit Now+There. 

Hinçman is a sculptor and educator living in Jamaica Plain. He's best known for "Jamaica Pond Bench, 2006," and "STILL, 2014," both located in Jamaica Plain. His pieces are generally found in public places.

JP artist selection information

Matthew Hincman headshot

BCYF Vine Street Community Center

Contact: Arts and Culture
Project Summary

The public art project will complement the renovation of the BCYF Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury.

The RFP for the public art project is open to all:

  • professional artists and artisans
  • architects and landscape architects, or
  • teams with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration.

We strongly encourage professionals from Roxbury to apply. The budget for the project is $150,000. We expect it to take 8 - 10 months to complete. 

This RFP is the first of two calls for artists connected to the Vine Street center. The second call will be released in the late winter or early spring and focus on art inside the center.

RFP Timeline
  • Deadline to submit proposals: Monday, January 29, 2018, by midnight Boston local time.
  • Artist interviews: February 2018
  • Contract award date: March/April 2018