DOT Art

DOT Art partners with community-based organizations and artists to present public art in neighborhoods across the City. Artists help transform the city’s streets from ordinary to extraordinary with temporary unexpected interventions – colorful murals, dynamic projections and through-provoking sculptures. Public plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets, and sidewalks serve as canvases for art. Visit DOT's Flickr stream for an archive of DOT Art projects Sign up for the e-newsletter Download a list of permanent DOT Art projects (pdf)

DOT Art has several programs: Community Commissions Barrier Beautification Arterventions Art Display Cases

Community Commissions: Staten Island Priority Site

 Las Mariposas Amarillas by Lina Montoya. Presented with El Centro del Inmigrante. Richmond Terrace and Jewett Avenue, Staten Island.

Las Mariposas Amarillas by Lina Montoya. Presented with El Centro del Inmigrante. Richmond Terrace and Jewett Avenue, Staten Island.

DOT Art has re-issued the Staten Island Community Commissions Fall 2016 priority site! Artists are invited to apply directly to the Community Commissions program track to collaborate with Staten Island MakerSpace to present temporary artwork on the chain-link fence at Bay Street and Victory Boulevard. The temporary installation will remain installed for 11 months and artists are eligible to receive up to $12,000 towards direct project costs in addition to in-kind support. Staten Island MakerSpace will work closely with the selected artist to maintain and remediate the site. All applicants must provide a conceptual design for consideration. The submission deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017. Applicants also have the option to submit via email to arts@dot.nyc.gov! Download the Community Commissions Fall 2016 Staten Island Priority Site Open Call.

Barrier Beautification Spring 2017 Open Call

Bounce by Brittany Baldwin. Presented with New York Cares. Queens Boulevard between Woodhaven Boulevard and 59th Avenue, Queens.

Bounce by Brittany Baldwin. Presented with New York Cares. Queens Boulevard between Woodhaven Boulevard and 59th Avenue, Queens.

Artists and graphic designers are invited to apply to the Barrier Beautification Spring 2017 Open Call. DOT Art is seeking simple and bold patterned mural designs that can be easily painted onto low concrete barriers using stencils with the assistance of New York Cares volunteers. Mural production will take place on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017 in partnership with New York Cares’ Annual Day of Service. Artists will be provided a design fee of $2,500 and an additional $500 to cover costs to produce stencils. The open call submission deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017. As of this round, applicants now have the option to submit via e-mail to arts@dot.nyc.gov! Download the Barrier Beautification Spring 2017 Open Call and the Application Form.

Construction Fence Banner Wraps
Swish Swash by Andrea Bergart. Presented with the Queens Council on the Arts. Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, Queens.
Swish Swash by Andrea Bergart. Presented with the Queens Council on the Arts. Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, Queens.

DOT Art has released a brand new open call opportunity for 2017: Construction Fence Banner Wraps. Artists and designers are invited to propose conceptual 2-D designs to be printed on vinyl mesh art banners that will then be selected to be installed on construction fences throughout the City. While the construction fences protect pedestrians and cyclists from active street reconstruction projects, the vinyl mesh surrounding the construction sites serves as a canvas for art transforming the construction space into a more inviting corridor. As construction sites arise during 2017, DOT Art will select up to four designs for implementation. Artists will be provided a design fee of $3,000 and the banners will be installed and maintained by DOT at no additional expense to the artist. The application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017. Download the Construction Fence Banner Wraps request for proposals and application here. Download the Construction Fence Banner Wraps request for proposals and application here.

Community Commissions

Dandelions by Carin Mincemoyer

Dandelions by Carin Mincemoyer. Presented with the Columbus Amsterdam BID. 97th Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.

In advance of the spring 2017 open call, DOT Art invites nonprofit community-based organizations to propose DOT sites within their community that would benefit from the addition of temporarily public art. Selected organizations will be included in the Community Commissions Spring 2017 Open Call and will be eligible to present a temporary artwork in partnership with DOT Art and an artist at the proposed DOT site. Selected organizations will be part of all project phases from artist selection to implementation. The application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017. For further information, please review the Community Commissions Partner Submission Guidelines.

Programming and Performance Opportunities 2017

Programming partners and performers are needed for all three Summer Streets Saturdays to assist with creating the best possible event for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to enjoy. Please download the Summer Streets Programming and the Summer Streets Performance Applications to apply to participate. For questions regarding programming or performances at the event, please email the Summer Streets team.

Project Spotlight

Big City of Dreams  by Andrea von Bujdoss. Presented with DOT Bike Share. North 4th Street and Roebling, Brooklyn. Current Installation.

A neon-like glow has descended upon the Williamsburg Citi Bike Station on N. 4th and Roebling in Brooklyn. Although the site may look calm now, New York City artist Andrea von Bujdoss aka “Queen Andrea” battled rainstorms and mud throughout the implementation of the asphalt mural titled, “Big City of Dreams.” At 3,745 square feet, our largest asphalt mural site to-date, Queen Andrea worked quickly given the weather, condensed installation timeline, and imminent return of the Bike Share station. Through perseverance and persistence, the project was completed on time and the Citi Bike station returned on schedule. This site is near and dear to Queen Andrea’s heart as it is located across the street from the former location of McCaig Welles Gallery where she exhibited some of her first shows.

191st Street Tunnel

Congratulations again to local Washington Heights artist Andrea Von Bujdoss (Queen Andrea), Fernando Carlo, Jr. (COPE 2) born and raised in the Bronx, Queens-based artist Nick Kuzsyk, Nelson Rivas (Cekis) currently living in Brooklyn and Maryland-based duo Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn who presented 5 murals within the 191st Street Tunnel. Click on the below video to receive a behind the scenes look of the project.

DOT Art Opportunities

Community Commissions

Dandelions by Carin Mincemoyer. Presented with the Columbus Amsterdam BID. 97th Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.

DOT Art invites artists to apply directly to the Community Commissions track to collaborate with pre-selected community-based organizations to produce and present temporary art on five priority sites, one in each borough, for up to 11 months. The priority sites were identified by DOT Borough Offices and Operating Units based upon community requests for beautification. Artists and organizations are eligible to receive up to $12,000 towards direct project costs in addition to in-kind engineering support. Partners will work closely with selected artists to maintain and remediate the site. All applicants must provide a conceptual design for consideration.

Staten Island Priority Site Submission Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017.

Barrier Beautification

Over the past seven years, DOT Art has collaborated with New York Cares and a number of professional artists to produce 30 temporary murals on barrier sites around the City. Twice a year in fall and spring, artists are invited to submit proposals in response to an open call that includes a submission deadline. DOT provides selected artists with a design honorarium in the amount of $2,500 and a materials fee of $500 to cover costs to produce stencils. DOT and NY Cares cover the cost of paint and associated materials. Volunteers from NY Cares and other local organizations assist selected artists with painting the designs on a single Saturday in the spring and weekday in the fall. DOT selects sites based upon DOT projects - primarily as part of a protected bike lane - Borough Commissioner and community requests. Selected artists are assigned a site in one of the five boroughs. All applicants must submit a conceptual design and examples of past work for consideration.

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017. Download the Barrier Beautification Spring 2017 Open Call Download the Barrier Beautification Spring 2017 Application Form Barrier Beautification projects on Flickr

Alphabet City by Elizabeth Hamby. Presented with New York Cares. Flushing Avenue between Williamsburg Street West and Washington Avenue, Brooklyn. Current Installation.

Arterventions*

DOT Art invites organizations and artist teams to install existing or new artwork on DOT property for up to six months. Typically, projects are associated with an exhibition already on view in a gallery, or a piece that has been produced in conjunction with a local festival. The project must be fully funded by the organization prior to applying for the necessary permits. Applicants are required to select a DOT site within the five boroughs. Interested organizations and artists must submit a joint application. Organizations are responsible for engineering review (if sculptural), artwork maintenance during the display period and site remediation upon completion of de-installation. All applicants must submit photographs of the proposed site and when relevant, a conceptual design for consideration and or photographs of an existing sculptural work.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Download the Site Selection Tips (pdf) Download Arterventions application (pdf) Arterventions projects on Flickr

Fancy Animal Carnival
Fancy Animal Carnival by Hung Yi. Presented with the Garment District Alliance. Garment District Plazas, Broadway from 36th Street to 41st Street, Manhattan. Current Installation.

Art Display Cases

Twenty art display cases host rotating exhibitions that move to concrete plazas and wide sidewalks throughout the five boroughs. DOT Art partners with local institutions and artists to curate the cases. DOT prints the selected artwork on vinyl adhesives and installs the adhesives onto the exterior surface of the cases at no cost to the partner. DOT handles the installation and de-installation of the cases and restores the sites 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 six months.

Organizations interested in providing an exhibit for the cases should email DOT Art.

Art Display Case Registry

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 based upon the DOT Art Committee’s discretion. Download Art Display Case Registry Form (pdf)

Art & Soul of the Southeast Queens Community by Margaret R. Vendryes and Dominique Sindayiganza. Presented by the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) and the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District. Parsons Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, Queens. Past Installation.

Musical Interludes

In collaboration with MTA Music Under New York, performers serenade ferry passengers in the St. George Ferry Terminal and Whitehall Ferry Terminal throughout the week. Performances range from violinists, bluesmen, folk singers and more

For more information on scheduled performances, follow @NYC_DOT on Twitter.

DOT Art Advisory Committee for 2016

Adam Brent, Artist + Director of the BFA in Integrated Design, Parsons the New School for Design
Lauren Click, Director of Community and Public Programs, Bronx Museum of the Arts
Kendal Henry, Director, Percent for Art Program, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Risa Puno, Artist
Monica Valenzuela, Deputy Director, Staten Island Arts