Call to Artists – 2020 Artist Pool

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Visual artists are invited to be considered for new artist opportunities.


Deadline (Extended)

Online submittal must be completed via SlideRoom by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on December 9, 2019 December 23, 2019.

Interested artists are encouraged to learn more about Metro art opportunities and the 2020 Artist Pool through our:

Open House Events

Metro’s art program commissions artists to create artworks that improve the transit customer experience and contribute to the artistic vibrancy of the communities we serve.

Artist Opportunities

  • The Artist Pool will be one of the primary methods for inviting artists to apply for future Metro art opportunities.
  • Opportunities include artwork integration within the built environment and short term exhibitions in media such as  lightboxes, posters and construction phase banners.
  • Inclusion in the Artist Pool does not guarantee a commission.


  • Professional artists working in two- and three-dimensional media at all career stages that are interested in creating art for the public realm.  Prior public art experience is not a requirement.
  • Artists who are legally authorized to work in the United States (per U.S. Department of Labor).
  • Metro employees and contractors are not eligible.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation criteria will vary depending on skills required for future opportunities, but could include the following:

Artistic Merit as evidenced by submitted digital images:

  • Originality of concept and aesthetic strength of artist’s body of work
  • Mastery of techniques and materials

Professional Recognition as evidenced by submitted statements and resume:

  • Education and training as an artist
  • Exhibition record in museums, art galleries, non-profit or alternative art spaces
  • Public or private art commissions
  • Awards, fellowships, artist-in-residencies, acclaimed critical response or other acknowledgements demonstrating professional practice

Submission Process

Information and support materials must be submitted through which includes up to 10 digital files of their artwork, a professional resume and an artist statement.

  • Applicants can receive technical support for submissions by emailing or by accessing the online help desk: httpss://
  • Allow adequate time to familiarize yourself with the SlideRoom submittal process and to receive any needed technical support.
  • Information submitted by mail, email, fax, hand-delivery or after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Incomplete submittals will not be evaluated.
  • Artists who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be evaluated.

Submitted Q&A’s

  • Questions related to the Artist Pool can be submitted via email to ArtistOpportunities@metro.netthrough 5:00 p.m. (PST) on December 4, 2019 December 18, 2019.
  • Questions will be answered in the order received and responses will be posted by December 6, 2019

Q&A (in order received)

Review Process

  • Information and materials submitted in response to the RFQ will be evaluated by a Curatorial Advisory Committee comprised of high profile nationally recognized arts professionals.
  • Candidates in the Artist Pool will be notified if short-listed to develop a proposal for a specific opportunity.
  • When short-listed, artists will be provided relevant project information and a stipend to present proposals for evaluation by a community-based peer review panel.

About Metro Art

For more information about the Metro Art program, projects in the works, tours, events, publications and artist opportunities:


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