Calls to Artists

RFP’s and RFQ’s for project specific work will be listed on this page, as those opportunities become available.

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Mural Arts + Barnes | Philly Artists Open Call | Let's Connect 

During the Let’s Connect open call, artists throughout Philadelphia will be given free access to the Barnes and asked to select a work of art in the collection to use as a departure point for creating their own work for submission. The newly produced work can respond to the selected piece in a number of ways—by addressing its historical origins, by proposing a new visual relationship in the tradition of Dr. Barnes, or by critiquing the Barnes method altogether.

The work submitted by artists will be displayed at the Barnes so that the public and a team of curators can select which four artists should be invited for a residency on-site in the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes.

Artists selected are invited to a three-month residency in the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes, provided a $1,000-per-month expense allowance, given come-and-go access to the Barnes, and asked to connect to the public by hosting open studio hours.

Let’s Connect is a project of the Barnes Foundation in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Artist Open Call: March 19–April 30, 2018

Exhibition: May 21–June 4, 2018
Artist Announcement: June 14, 2018
Artist Residencies: July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019





Mural Arts Philadelphia is seeking artists to submit proposals for consideration for a train trestle project on the border of Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. This project and this invitation are a collaboration of Mt. Airy, USA, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Trolley Car Diner, Friends of the Cresheim Trail (FoCT), Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Chestnut Hill Rotary, Mt. Airy Learning Tree, and Chestnut Hill Business District.

Concept: For over 15 years members of the community have tried to get permission and funding to transform this trestle into a work of art and gateway between Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. It will also serve as the gateway between the urbanism of the city and the green space of the Wissahickon. Now that the City has moved to purchase the trestle over Germantown Avenue, the Cresheim Trail will eventually cross it on its way to Stenton Avenue and Montgomery County. This exciting news provides a perfect hook to give the trestle the gateway attention it deserves.

Project Description: The Cresheim Trail Mural Project is an important innovative creative opportunity. We are looking for an artist who will think beyond just painting the surfaces of the train trestle, to incorporate other mediums such as mosaic or sculptural elements, and who is willing to work with the ideas from the community. The chosen artist will work with the community to develop themes and ideas for the artwork.


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