Washington Monument Lighting: 50th Anniversary Poster Competition

Request for Proposals
Washington Monument Lighting: 50th Anniversary Poster Competition

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), in partnership with The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB), is pleased to announce a Call to Artists for original digital artwork designs in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Washington Monument lighting. 


The Washington Monument is the centerpiece of the Mount Vernon Place and Washington Place intersection, an urban square in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood north of downtown Baltimore, Maryland. It was the first major monument to honor President George Washington (1732–1799). Since 1971, during the first Thursday in December, the city of Baltimore has held the annual "Lighting of the Washington Monument" led by the city’s Mayor. The Monument is maintained by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.


This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists residing in the State of Maryland. Employees of BOPA and DPOB are not eligible to apply. This commission requires that the sketch, mockup, and final design digital image submissions of artwork for print fabrication and electronic distribution are original artworks that meet the design criteria of BOPA, DPOB, and the Mt Vernon Conservancy. 


The selected artist will receive a commission of $1,200 to create a digital design of the artwork for print fabrication and electronic distribution. The funding is all-inclusive of artist fees, expenses, and taxes. Artist payments will be administered in phases as deliverables are met.

Design Guidelines
Acceptable 50th
 Anniversary poster proposals are 2D works – photography, graphic design, painting, or similar media for duplication. All works must be no less than 4x4” and no more than 20x20”. Work should be oriented in a portrait style and sent in a file no less than 300 dpi for print. The final poster dimensions will be 18x24" with borders, sponsor logos, and event copy.

All applications must be received online through BOPA’s Submittable application page. All applications must be received by 5:00 pm, Monday, September 20, 2021.

We’re here to help!
We are happy to help to answer any questions about the application process. For any inquires related to the call or artist selection process please contact Chris Brooks, Community Art & Special Projects Manager, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts by email at cbrooks@promotionandarts.org or by phone at 443-263-4338. 


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