Percent for Art Call for Artists Intersection of Broad, Germantown, and Erie- Philadelphia, PA

  • Commissioning Entity

    City of Philadelphia Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy

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  • Location of Commission

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Rachel Schwartzman

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

  • Commission Document

    View Link Document

  • Brief Description

    Project Overview:

    The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and the City of Philadelphia announce a competition to commission site-specific public artwork to be installed at the intersection of Broad, Germantown, and Erie (BGE). This public artwork will be commissioned through the City of Philadelphia's Percent for Art program and is part of a large construction project that will transform the Broad, Germantown, and Erie intersection in the Nicetown/Tioga neighborhood in North Philadelphia. The intersection forms two triangles at Erie Ave and Butler St (The Triangles) where the majority of the site improvements will occur and where the art will be located.

    The BGE Percent for Art project will provide several opportunities for two- and threedimensional public artworks throughout the Erie and Butler Triangles. The artworks will be inspired by positive quotes and sayings that were selected by the community. The art may be expressed in a variety of artistic mediums, including etchings and mosaics, embedded into surfaces within the intersection as well as sculptural works. See pages 5-7 for available locations for public art opportunities within the site.

    The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art program invites all interested artists to apply for this public art commission and encourages artists to consider forming multi-disciplinary artist teams where appropriate. Priority will be given to artists or artist teams who reflect the diversity of the Nicetown/Tioga community, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and female artists or artist teams are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualified local artists or artist teams who live or work in the community around the Broad, BGE Intersection: Site Plan Germantown, Erie intersection will also be prioritized for this opportunity, but any artist may apply.

    This is a two-part competition consisting of Part 1: Submission of Qualifications and Part 2: Finalist Proposals. In Part 1 of the competition, all artists or artist teams who are interested in this opportunity are invited to respond to this Call for Artists by submitting an application detailing their qualifications ONLY. Applicants will be narrowed into a smaller group of the four (4) best qualified Finalists who will move on to Part 2 of the competition where they will receive a $1000 stipend to develop thorough design proposals for the BGE art project. No design proposals are requested at this time.

    Public input and participation will be vital to ensuring the voices of the community are reflected in the development of the artwork. Community engagement opportunities will allow Finalists to hear directly from members of the public about their ideas and aspirations for this project. Finalists will be encouraged to align their proposals with input and feedback provided by the community.

    A total budget of up to $200,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, engineering, foundations, travel, and all other project related expenses.

    Please see commission document for full project information.Click here to apply.