DOT Art partners with community-based organizations and artists to present public art on DOT property in all five boroughs. Artists help transform the streets from ordinary to extraordinary with temporary interventions – colorful murals, dynamic projections and eye-catching sculptures. Public plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets, and sidewalks serve as canvases for art in the public right of way.
Congratulations to interdisciplinary artist Glendalys Medina! Medina’s design was selected by the DOT Art Advisory Committee from a pool of 92 applicants through the Barrier Beautification fall 2017 open call. The mural is scheduled to be painted this October 2017 on 1,700 feet of barrier that protect the bike path on West 155th Street between Edgecombe Avenue and Harlem River Drive in Manhattan.
DOT Art collaborates with community-based organizations (partner organizations) to commission artists to design and install temporary art on DOT property. A minimum of one priority site is identified in each borough by local organizations with support from DOT Borough Offices and Operating Units. Selected artists are eligible to receive up to $12,000 towards direct project costs in addition to engineering support. Partner organizations work closely with selected artists throughout the project phases and must agree to maintain the artwork and remediate the site upon completion of the display period. Artwork remains installed for 11 months.
Submission Deadline: Fall 2017
Community Commissions projects on Flickr
DOT Art collaborates with New York Cares to beautify concrete barriers with bold, colorful murals that are designed by professional artists but painted almost entirely by volunteers. Barriers located along protected bike lanes or active sidewalks become canvases for art. DOT Art provides selected artists with a design honorarium of $2,500 and a materials fee of $500 for stencil production. DOT Art and NY Cares provide paint and associated materials at no cost to the artist. NY Cares coordinates volunteer recruitment and secures volunteers to implement the mural on a single day in fall and spring. Murals remain installed for 11 months.
DOT Art partners with galleries, arts and community organizations and business improvement districts to install existing or new artwork on DOT property. Proposals are typically associated with an exhibition on view in a neighboring gallery, or an artwork that has been produced in conjunction with a local festival. The proposal must be fully funded by the organization. Interested organizations and artists must submit a joint application. Organizations are responsible for engineering review, artwork maintenance during the display period and site remediation upon completion of removal. Artwork typically remains installed for 3 to 6 months.
Art Display Case Exhibits
DOT Art partners with local institutions and artists to curate dynamic, changing exhibits on a set of moveable art display cases. Images proposed for the exhibit should have a cohesive underlying theme; each with a thoughtful composition adding to the overall story of the exhibition. An artist’s vision, body of work and working technique should also be conveyed through an image. The cases are typically installed in sets of three or four on wide sidewalks or within plazas as they must be installed on concrete. DOT prints the selected artwork on vinyl adhesives, which are then adhered to the exterior surface of the cases at no cost to the partner. DOT handles the installation and removal of the cases and restores the site upon completion of the display period. The local organization is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the cases throughout the display period. The exhibit remains installed for a maximum of 6 months.
Artists interested in presenting their artwork on Art Display Cases can now register with DOT Art by submitting an Art Display Case Registry Form. Upon submitting the form, an artist will be entered into the Art Display Case Artist Registry and may be selected to present their work in future exhibitions. Download Art Display Case Registry Form (pdf)
DOT Art Program Tips
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the site in question is NYCDOT property. DOT Art only presents temporary art installations on NYCDOT owned and maintained property.
- Community Commissions and Barrier Beautification Applications: Complete the full application and submit the application by the specified date listed in the RFP.
- Arterventions Application: All applications must be submitted at a minimum of 30 days in advance of the proposed installation date.
- If a non-profit organization or fellow City agency is interested in presenting multiple art installations at one time as part of a festival or event, please approach DOT Art as soon as possible to ensure the project deadline is attainable.
- Art Display Case Exhibit Application: All applications must be submitted at a minimum of 60 days in advance of the proposed installation date.
- All DOT Art installations are required to use a 12” x 18” aluminum sign that is created by DOT Graphics, printed by the DOT Sign Shop and installed by DOT Borough Engineering on the closest street light pole to the artwork location.
DOT Art Advisory Committee (2017 – 2018)
Adam Brent, Artist + Director of the BFA in Integrated Design, Parsons the New School for Design
Heather Reyes, Exhibition and Collection Manager, Bronx Museum of the Arts
Kendal Henry, Director of the Percent for Art Program, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Risa Puno, Artist
Gena Mimozo, Deputy Director of Staten Island Arts