Calls for Art

Request for Proposals for Temporary Public Art in the Fort Point Channel

Fort Point Arts Community Summer 2018 Cycle


Applications must be received electronically by Sunday, April 1, 2018, midnight EST

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The Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) is seeking proposals for a temporary work of public art for installation in Boston’s Fort Point Channel during the summer of 2018. The work of public art will serve to engage the public and highlight the Fort Point Channel, the Fort Point neighborhood and our creative community. Located between the Greenway and the growing Fort Point/ Seaport area, the “art basin” in the Fort Point Channel is a high-visibility site near local attractions such as the FPAC Space at the Envoy, the Children’s Museum, the Boston Tea Party Museum, and minutes from the Society for Arts & Crafts and the Institute for Contemporary Art.

One award of $9,500 will be made for a prominent, temporary work of public art sited in, or making significant use of the Fort Point Channel between the Summer and Congress Street bridges.


Request for Proposals released: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Q & A Sessions for Applicants: Thursday, March 15th, 6:30 PM

Location: FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer Street, M1, Boston MA 02210

Proposals Due: Sunday, April 1, 2018 by 12:00 midnight EST

Selection announced by: Selected artist(s) notified on or around Friday, April 6th

Installation: Must be installed by Friday, June 1, 2018

Duration: Approx 3 months

Artists’ Walk and Talk: Date TBD

De-installation: No later than Sunday October 7, 2018 unless otherwise agreed upon

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(Inter)National: Dual Identities

Submission Deadline: Midnight EST, Monday, April 2, 2018
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Ryoji Iwata

The most prominent narratives about immigration are often on the macro scale, focusing on the economic or social impact on communities. Opportunities to listen and reflect on the internal dualities or multiplicities that migration creates are important, and the effects and pressures of assimilation on immigrant groups are not always explored from the perspective of the migrant. (Inter)National seeks work that examines individual or communal identity after people leave one home for another. The show seeks to uncover what is left behind, constructed, and/or gained as a result of migration.
Immigration is foundational to the American story, and (Inter)National seeks to explore the experience from many angles – from immigrants themselves and those engaged in the conversation surrounding the immigrant experience. To that end, the show is especially interested in artwork considering the following:
  • Do you find yourself working to reconcile your multiple identities? How so?
  • Is there a third self that emerges, or do you switch between cultural identities?
  • What do you gain when you occupy space in multiple cultures? What do you lose?
  • Are you the same person if you had not moved/had only one cultural identity?
  • How do you view yourself in relation to the culture of your parents/closest relatives?
  • Is living in two cultures confusing? Clarifying?
  • How does living in an immigrant community (or outside of it) affect your sense of self?

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Call for Exhibition Proposals: The FPAC Gallery’s 2018/2019 Season

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM, Friday, June 15, 2018

Full RFP and Submission Information

The Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) Gallery seeks proposals in all media (sculpture, photography, painting, multimedia, other) for five shows for the 2018-19 season.

Each show must include at least two exhibiting artists and preferably more. We invite proposals from exhibiting artists and from curators collaborating with exhibiting artists.

Please see the gallery website for a list of recent FPAC gallery shows.

JUROR: Sam Toabe

Sam Toabe is a curator and art historian based in Boston, Massachusetts. At the University of Massachusetts Boston, he is the Gallery Curator at the University Hall Gallery for the Art Department, as well as the Director of Arts on the Point. Toabe received his M.A. in the history of art and architecture and museum studies from Boston University in 2015 and a B.F.A. from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011. His research and writing focus on alternative curatorial practices across a variety of periods and geographies (looking specifically at artist-curated exhibitions and events), revisionist art histories, and the advancement of cultural plurality in our global, visual lexicons. Between 2013 and 2016, Toabe acted as the assistant director and subsequently associate director at Samsøñ, an internationally recognized commercial art gallery in Boston’s South End. He has contributed to over 50 exhibitions, with supporting roles at institutions such as the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and Brandeis University, among others.


Proposals must be submitted online, and must include:

  • Proposal narrative, including at a minimum a clear statement of the concept and how the artists will ensure the exhibit reflects the concept (i.e., how the exhibits will “curate” the exhibit)
  • Artist statement and resume for each artist, including at a minimum how each artist’s work for the exhibit fits within the exhibit concept
  • Plan for an educational component such as an artist talk
  • Digital images of selected works to be included in the show OR related works (for example, if the artists will create new works for the show
  • 10 application fee for each proposal (not for each artist)

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