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Call for Proposals – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Public Art Residency – due 1/9/12

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Public Art Residency

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks an accomplished artist to create a work of public art during our inaugural artist residency to be held in Spring 2012.

The goals of this project are to:

  • Create a unique, site-specific artwork in any medium (sculpture, installation, mural, video, performance, etc.) that will enliven a public space at WPI
  • Promote curiosity and dialogue among the diverse members of our community
  • Engage in an on-site artistic process in collaboration with WPI students and faculty
  • Create artwork that is safe and easily maintained for the duration of the installation period
  • Proposals that creatively link art with science and/or technology are encouraged, but not required

The chosen artist will visit the WPI campus for a week-long residency in April 2012, during which time their artwork will be realized and installed in a public location. A team of WPI students with experience in the arts will assist the visiting artist in the preparation and installation of the finished artwork. A WPI faculty member will serve as the liaison between the artist, students, and staff. The residency will culminate in a public event for the presentation of the new work, as well as an artist’s talk to introduce and contextualize the project.


Artist honorarium – $5000
Artist travel & accommodation – up to $2000
Art materials and supplies – $2000

Project dates:

January 9, 2012 – Proposals due
January 23, 2012 – Selected artist notified
April 12-19, 2012 – Residency period
April 19, 2012 – Public presentation of finished work

Artist’s submissions will be evaluated by a jury of WPI faculty and staff on the following criteria:

  • Artist’s qualifications as demonstrated by past works and proposal
  • Quality, strength and artistic merit of past artworks
  • Experience in or willingness to work in a public setting.
  • Demonstrated experience fabricating and installing site-specific public artworks

Interested parties should submit the following documents by January 9, 2012:

  • Detailed project proposal (including designs, timeline, and technical requirements)
  • Documentation of previous works of public art
  • Curriculum Vitae or exhibition record

Please send submission materials or questions to:

Prof. Joshua Rosenstock
Humanities & Arts
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Rd.
Worcester, MA 01609
Or email


The project is open to all artists, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.

About WPI:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a highly selective private university located one hour west of Boston. WPI was founded in 1865 to create and convey the latest science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society.

WPI’s founding motto of Theory and Practice continues to underlie our academic programs. WPI graduates emerge ready to take on critical challenges in science and technology, knowing how their work can impact society and improve the quality of life.



Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Institute Rd.

Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

United States of America

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