Photo by OJ Slaughter | Shaka Dendy, Gestures of Incompleteness, 2019

Public Art Residency

Please note: Applications for the 2020-2021 Public Art Residency are now closed.

BCA has expanded our 2020-2021 Public Art Residency program to support TWO artists or artist teams to activate our public plaza with interactive, temporary public art. This process-oriented residency provides an opportunity for artists to experiment with their craft, develop focus, and engage in active public dialogue. We encourage residents to connect with the public not only through the completed artwork, but also throughout the process of developing and realizing the project.

This year, our Public Art Residency program will support a Summer/Fall 2020 project as well as a Spring 2021 project.

The Public Art Residency program is open to applicants whose work takes a broad range of forms. We encourage applicants whose practice includes: dance and movement-based aspects, theatre and writing-based aspects, and/or engagement with installation, sound, or other innovative media. A key element of any application is the connection the artist is interested in exploring between the germination and development of a rich creative idea and its active life connecting with the community outside the artist’s studio.

Residents are selected through a juried, open-call process.

Selection Criteria:

Public Artist Residents will be selected based on:

  • Strength of applicant’s artistic practice (rate quality of applicant’s work, based on factors including originality, consistency, cohesiveness, serious commitment, and potential for continued artistic growth in work being created)
  • Potential impact of residency on applicant’s practice (based on artist’s career trajectory and proposed project ideas, rate whether this residency comes at a time that will have a particularly significant effect on the applicant’s development as an artist)
  • Applicant’s contribution to Equity/Diversity/Inclusion in Boston’s art community (based on information provided by applicant, does applicant represent a perspective that is underrepresented in Boston’s current arts community?)
  • Applicant’s demonstration of ability to create a unique, site-specific artwork in any medium (e.g. sculpture, installation, mural, video, performance, etc.) that will enliven the BCA Plaza/public space, bringing a unique and valuable experience to our neighborhood
  • Applicant’s demonstration of ability to promote curiosity, interaction and dialogue among the diverse members of our community
  • Applicant’s demonstration of ability to engage in an on-site artistic process
  • Applicant’s demonstration of ability to create temporary public artwork that is safe and easily maintained for the duration of the installation period