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Art on the Waterfront RFP

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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with Baltimore City Recreation & Parks and support from the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership is excited to announce “Art on the Waterfront, a temporary sculpture exhibition along the Middle Branch section of the Gwynns Falls Trail.

You can access the full Art on the Waterfront 2018 -Call to Artists here.



  • A priority of Art on the Waterfront will be to exhibit work by artists from diverse backgrounds. Artists from all experience levels and backgrounds, working in all forms of expanded sculpture and environmental art are encouraged to apply, including those trying new directions or developing sculptural works and outdoor installations for the first time. Applications will be accepted from individuals or collaborative teams. Students may apply as a team but are encouraged to be paired with a mentor artist or professor with some experience creating public work.
  • All artist’s should keep in mind that all installations will be installed outdoors for approximately three months (May to August 2018), and must be constructed for durability over that time.
  • Repurposing, reuse, and recycling is also encouraged. Extra consideration with being given towards artworks that take advantage of adding life to or recycling materials. We also encourage projects that can be repurposed into second iterations of artistic exploration or design projects.
  • Installations do not have a limit to size but constructability and durability will be a factor in determining which proposals are selected.
  • The review panel may choose up to 10 proposals based on preference. These proposals will then be reviewed for feasibility and budget. We expect to fund up to [ 5-7 Installations]
  • Artist’s should assume very minimum security and likelihood of vandalism or wear and tear from the curious. There is no power or utilities available on site. Proposals that rely on solar power may be subject to theft or vandalism. Fire is not permitted. Proposals should indicate how all materials in the installation will be recycled or disposed of following the display period.
  • A budget for the proposed project is required to be considered. The budget should list in order-of-magnitude (highest to lowest cost), the costs of designing and fabricating the proposed artwork.  The budget may include travel costs and artists fees.for the design and construction and installation of their artwork.
  • Out of town artists or designers may be asked to partner with a recommended Baltimore based fabricator or contractor to build the artwork and save on transportation costs. Such arrangements will be negotiated during the technical review round of the selection process.
  • All participating artists are asked to be available the weekend of the exhibition opening (May 12) and attend an event at the Middle Branch Rowing Club where they will be asked to give a very brief presentation on themselves and their work.


A jury comprised of artist’s and local stakeholders will review all proposals received and create a short list of recommended finalists. Finalists will then go through a technical review in order to ensure the constructability. Those on the short list will discuss construction and durability with the project manager and a member of the installation team.

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