Launched in 2022, the inaugural Metro Art: Digital Shorts series showcases video art and animation on large-format, digital screen arrays at 7th St/Metro Center and Hollywood/Highland stations. This new moving image art program for riders provides a visual interlude between Metro informational content and advertising on the screens. 

Metro Art invites artists and artist teams working in digital media to submit qualifications, including samples of completed original moving image art, for the 2022 Artist Pool for Digital Media Opportunities. Artists that meet the eligibility listed below and successfully submit to the Pool will be considered for future temporary exhibition opportunities on digital screens at several locations throughout the Metro system.  

The 2022 Artist Pool for Digital Media Opportunities will be one of the primary methods for licensing and commissioning works of art for these specialized exhibition opportunities. The Pool will remain active for a minimum of two (2) years with the option to renew for up to two (2) additional years. Inclusion in the Pool does not guarantee an exhibition or commission.

This call is open to professional artists at all career stages who create moving image art in the digital medium and are legally authorized to work in the United States (per U.S. Department of Labor). Metro employees are ineligible.

All artists who successfully submit an application via Slideroom.com and meet the stated eligibility will be included in the Pool.   

Candidates in the Pool will be considered for a range of opportunities and will be contacted if short-listed to develop a proposal for a specific opportunity or regarding interest in a licensing opportunity. Artists will be compensated if asked to develop a proposal. 

Project specific evaluation criteria will vary depending on the experience and skills required for future opportunities, and may include:

Artistic Merit as evidenced by submitted digital videos:

Originality of concept and artistic merit (mastery of techniques and demonstration of formal aesthetic qualities) 

Appropriateness of the proposal for the digital display exhibition space, Metro transit environment and neighborhoods served by Metro 

Professional Recognition as evidenced by submitted artist statement and resume:

Education and training as an artist

Exhibition record and/or screenings in public, non-profit and alternative art spaces, as well as museums, and/or art galleries

Public or private art commissions

Awards, fellowships, artist-in-residencies, acclaimed critical response or other acknowledgments demonstrating professional practice

Submit online by Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) via SlideRoom. Questions regarding this RFQ may be submitted via email to ArtistOpportunities@metro.net. Email requests should include the subject line: Call to Artists – 2022 Artist Pool for Digital Media Opportunities. Visit https://art.metro.net/artworks/digitalmediapoolrfq/ for more information. 

Submitted by Metro