Call for Artists and Auditions

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Public Art Project

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Public Art Project

Metro's Art in Transit Program is working with the City of Alexandria to solicit qualifications from accomplished artists to create site-specific public artworks following the principles of Biophilic Design for the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. The selected artworks will be the first in a US Transit system to introduce biophilic elements and provide credit towards LEED Transit accreditation of a Metrorail station. 

The North and South Pavilions of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station have been identified as locations for the artwork. In order to provide a stimulating visual experience for the community and the customers as they enter and exit the station, the artists are asked to consider metal screens with a high level of transparency that are to be attached on the exterior of the pavilions façades’ glazed panels. 

Potomac Yard represents one of the most significant redevelopment opportunities for the City of Alexandria with the potential to create a complete sustainable community that integrates transit, environmental sustainability, land uses, design, and open spaces.

Digital Art Installation Series

Call For Artists will re-open at a later date. See information below regarding submission criteria.

Digital Art Installation Call For Artists graphic

As part of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s commitment to promoting art in the region, the Art in Transit (AIT) program is seeking to further develop its offering on the transit system’s growing digital media network with a series of art installations highlighting the creative cultures of the communities served by WMATA.

WMATA’s digital media network includes screens in a growing number of metro stations, with several unique screen sizes that present artworks prominently to the public and customers. Artists interested in submitting content for review are encouraged to read the content creation guidePDF Icon and/or visit the stations for a better understanding of the spaces and digital assets on which the selected artworks will be displayed.

Evaluation Process & Eligibility

Artists with an experience in new media and capable of creating dynamic and engaging, animated, digital artworks are encouraged to apply. A selection panel composed of local art professionals will review applicants and select finalists to develop proposals for digital art throughout the year.

Each art installation is anticipated to run as part of a scheduled sequence, and may be displayed on social media and additional digital canvases throughout the transit system as the Authority digital network expands.

Selection criteria include artistic merit, technical knowledge, demonstrated proficiency, past experience with creating digital artwork, and awards. For artists whose work is primarily in other mediums, applications must include a detailed, technical explanation of the artist’s ability to adapt existing content to digital media or to create original digital content independently or in collaboration with skilled, technical partners.

This Call for Submission is open to all artists with new media experience. Qualified artists will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or age.


Finalists will receive an honorarium to cover oversight of the production and installation of the artwork, with project management by AIT. Honoraria will be determined based on the nature of the project.

How to apply

Artists are asked to submit:

  • A Statement of Interest that briefly outlines your interest in the present Call and experience working on similar projects. (2000 characters maximum)
  • A short biography
  • 1-2-page current Résumé that highlights your professional accomplishments.
  • Up to 10 digital images or videos of previously completed artworks along with a one-page list of your artwork specifying the title, medium, location, and year created for each work.

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