Photo by Melissa Blackall

OPEN CALL: Graphic Designer for Fold-out Poster Series

Looking for BIPOC Artists and Graphic Designers to design a one-page fold-out poster series for the next three Mills Gallery Exhibitions of Boston Center for the Arts (BCA).


The Exhibitions held in the Mills Gallery are the result of a public Open Call (currently accepting applications) and feature collaborative projects between one curator and one artist that either introduce a new artist or highlight a new aspect of a more experienced artist.

In conversation with BCA Staff, the selected candidate will develop 3 fold-out poster designs using text and images provided by the curator and artist of each exhibition. Each design should be able to stand on its own while also working well as a collective series. The three exhibitions, each lasting 10–12 weeks, begin in September 2023 and end in the Summer of 2024.


Design Brief

Deliverables: A fold-out poster series for the 2023–2024 season of the Mills Gallery Exhibitions at BCA. The guest designer will create 3 fold-out posters that form a cohesive set. 

Dimensions/Requirements: Fold-out posters will be tabloid, 11’’ x 17’’. The designer will work with the Marketing and Communications team at BCA to determine paper color, orientation, weight, and quality.

Design Considerations: The fold-out posters will be printed and produced by BCA in-house. Our printer is capable of basic bi and tri-folds; however, the proposed designs can have a simple manual fold style.


Important Dates

Application deadline, July 16, 2023 (11:00 pm)

Interviews held the week of July 17–21, 2023

Notification week of July 24, 2023

Proofing and printing will be done in-house at BCA. Final proofed printable PDF by: 

1st Exhibition: Friday, September 22, 2023

2nd Exhibition: Friday, January 12, 2024

3rd Exhibition: Friday, May 3, 2024



The honoraria for this project will be $2200 paid in three installments at the completion of each brochure ($1000 after the first one, $600 after the second, and $600 after the third)


Previous Guest Graphic Designers

In the 2022-23 season, we were super fortunate to have designer Joelle Riffle work on the series of exhibition programs. The amazing Zoe Pulley was the designer for 2021-2022. 



Applications will be evaluated based on the project’s demonstration of:

We support artistic work that displays innovation and openness to new ideas, perspectives and techniques.

In the process of supporting new and innovative work, we value ideas that are relevant to contemporary interests and conversations.

We encourage an artistic practice that engages meaningfully with the ecosystem where it exists through collaboration and exchange among artists and audiences.

We seek to support artists for whom our involvement has the potential to propel their practice creating a path for growth artistically and professionally. 



If you have any questions — please email