Metro Arts in Transit is offering local artists a way to share and display their work across the St. Louis region and to get paid for their creations. Artists who reside within 50 miles of St. Louis are invited to enter their works to the 2017 MetroScapes, a public transit art program that showcases local art at Metro transit locations. If selected for the program, their works will be reproduced as large-scale posters which will be installed and on display at more than 200 MetroBus shelters throughout the St. Louis region.
“We are looking for amazing local art to share with the community and fill these blank canvases located in neighborhoods throughout the area,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “In turn, artists have a wonderful opportunity to reach new audiences and share their work in a unique way.”
Artwork selected for the 2017 MetroScapes program will also be reproduced as smaller, limited-edition posters available for purchase by the public. Each artist will receive three copies of the limited-edition poster and $1,000 for the use of their original image in the MetroScapes program.
Local artists can submit up to three images for consideration. All entries must be submitted online using Submittables, available through the ‘Opportunities’ page of the Metro Arts in Transit website at artsintransit.org. Submitted images need to be high-resolution, with a minimum 300 dpi. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
A reception for the selected MetroScapes artists will be held on Friday, November 3 at the @4240 building in the Cortex Innovation Community.
Last year, 10 local artists were selected for MetroScapes from a group of 140 submissions, and their works are featured at Metro transit locations throughout the area. To view their work and learn more about the MetroScapes program, visit artsintransit.org.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 79 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.