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Call to Artists - 2020 Artist Pool

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The Artist Pool is one of the primary methods for inviting artists to apply for future Metro art opportunities. Inclusion in the Artist Pool does not guarantee a commission.

Deadline (Extended)

Online submittal must be completed via SlideRoom by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on December 23, 2019 January 10, 2020.

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:
  • 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 through 5:00 p.m. (PST) on December 23, 2019 January 8, 2020.
  • Questions will be answered in the order received.

    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

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