Creative Time

Open Call FAQs

Can I still apply?

No, the application window is now closed. Applications were accepted from December 10, 2018-January 18th, 2019.
When will the selected artist be announced?
The selected project will be announced in March 2019.
How was the artist selected?
All complete applications received between December 10, 2018 and January 18, 2019 were reviewed internally by Creative Time. In late January, shortlisted finalists were invited to submit a more detailed proposal that included an in-depth concept outline, site parameters, production timeline, sketches or renderings, and budget. A selection committee comprised of curators, artists, Creative Time staff, and community members selected the final proposal.

What is the open call, anyway?

The open call invites artists working in all
media to submit proposals for a new public art commission, to be presented in New York City in the spring/summer of 2019. It is an opportunity for emerging artists to experiment in the public realm, and utilize Creative Time’s 40+ year history of realizing artists’ dream projects.
How does this fit within Creative Time’s mission?
As New York City’s vanguard public art organization, Creative Time has historically worked with artists to produce projects which engender dialogue, encourage debate, and take on the most pressing issues of our time. Often some of the most exciting, impactful, and ambitious ideas come from artists who have not yet been afforded the opportunity to work in public space. The open call format is designed to more broadly hear from artists at a pivotal point in their career, and those ready to develop an idea into a site specific public exhibition.
Who is eligible to apply?
The open call is intended for emerging artists, regardless of age, at a critical career juncture in which the opportunity to experiment and receive resources from a major arts organization would be impactful. Applications can be submitted by single artists or artist collectives that meet the below criteria.

– Artists must have experience conceiving and executing works or projects, but have not yet received a public art commission or substantial support from a major arts institution

– Artists must be over 21, and based in the New York City area

– Applicants cannot be currently enrolled in a degree program

We encourage anyone who considers themselves an emerging artist to apply.

What do you mean by NYC based artist?
For the inaugural year of the Open Call program we are limiting the eligibility for applications to New York City based artists. We will accept applications from artists living in the New York Metropolitan area, as long as they can commit to being physically present in New York City throughout the project production period. In the future, our intention is to expand the regional scope of the Open Call.
When will the project open to the public?
The project will be presented in the summer of 2019 in New York City, and will be free and open to the public.