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Call out for public art Silver Line, Deadline Feb 15, 2013


Silver Line Phase 2 Project
Deadline February 15, 2013

Download prospectus here.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Art in Transit Program is seeking artists to create site-specifi c artwork, funded by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Airports Authority), for six future Silver Line Metrorail stations. The Metro Art in Transit Program works with communities surrounding Metro transit facilities to integrate artwork that promotes transit use, enhances travel by Metro, and highlights the cultural vitality of the National Capital region.

The Airports Authority is managing the design and construction of the Silver Line Project, a 23-mile two-phase 11-station extension to the existing Metrorail system, which will be operated by Metro. The Silver Line will connect to the Orange Line East Falls Church station and extend to Washington Dulles International Airport and west to Ashburn, Virginia in eastern Loudoun County. Construction on Phase 1, consisting of five stations, runs from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue on the eastern edge of Reston, began in 2009 and will be completed in late 2013. Artists have been commissioned to create site-specifi c artwork for Phase 1 of the project.

Phase 2, consisting of six stations, will serve the Reston-Herndon area of Fairfax County, Dulles International Airport, and eastern Loudoun County. Phase 2 includes three stations in Fairfax County, including Reston Town Center, Herndon, and Innovation Center, and three stations in Loudoun County, including Dulles Airport, Route 606, and Route 772. Six artists will be commissioned to create site-specifi c artwork for the six future Metro stations in Phase 2. A construction start date has not been set for Phase 2.

Artists selected for commissions will collaborate with the Art in Transit Program, the Airports Authority, and the design-build contractor to integrate artwork into overall station designs. The artwork must reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of surrounding communities.


An artist selection panel comprised of art and design professionals and community representatives will choose three fi nalists for each station based on the quality of each artist’s portfolio. Finalists will be given a detailed overview of their assigned station and receive a $1,500 design fee to create a site-specifi c artwork proposal. The three fi nalists for each station will present a station-specifi c proposal to the selection panel. The panel will review the proposals and recommend one proposal for each station. Approval of recommended proposals will result in commissioning artists to work with Art in Transit and the project team to further develop, fabricate and install the approved artwork.


The maximum budget for the art project for each station is $250,000 (artist fee included). The artist fee must not exceed twenty-percent (20%) of the proposed artwork budget. Finalists must thoroughly consider cost prior to submitting a proposal. The fi nal budget must include all costs associated with artwork design, project coordination/management, building permit documents (where applicable), fabrication, lighting (if applicable) and artwork installation. The budget for artwork as outlined in this Call to Artists is subject to the availability of funds.


This Call to Artists is open to all artists with site-specifi c public art experience. Qualifi ed artists will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or age.


Application Deadline February 15, 2013*
Finalists Announcement February 25, 2013
Finalists Proposals Due May 24, 2013
Commission Announcements May 31, 2013
* Mailed materials must be postmarked by this date. Couriered materials must be received by Metro by this date.


Interested artists must submit the following materials to be considered:

  • 10 high-resolution (a minimum of 300 dpi) jpeg/PDF images of previous public art projects on a compact disk (CD)
  • A one-page list of the images contained on the CD, specifying the title, media, location and year created for each work of art
  • A resume and/or artist bio

Materials will not be returned. Please do not send duplicate materials, as the panel will consider your submission for all six stations.

Submit materials to:
Michael Mc Bride, Manager
Metro Art in Transit Program
Department of Architecture, 4F-13
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
600 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

For more information about the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, please visit For information about the Metro Art in Transit Program, please visit

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Lisa Mariam, Director of Grants and Services
(703) 642-0862 x1.