Call for Submissions for Public Media Art

for the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Marquee

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Boston Cyberarts are issuing the 20th call for media art for display on the Marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The 80-foot-tall Marquee offers more than 3,000 square feet of display area on 7 screens, providing full-motion video capability. The Marquee is viewed by more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists daily. The Marquee is visible for half a mile in many directions, and is seen by traffic on Summer, D, and Congress Streets as well as from the surrounding hotels, office buildings and the Seaport World Trade Center.

We are looking for 30 second videos, animations or computer generated work, that use the entire Marquee in creative ways. There is no theme.

Who Can Apply

Eligibility is limited to artists and artist teams who reside in Massachusetts. Artists will need to create content in an After Effects template, which we will provide. There are many features of the marquee to take advantage of, so please familiarize yourself with the technical specifications clearly outlined in the Content Creation Guidelines before submitting your proposal. It is recommended that artists submitting visit the site to grasp the full potential of the Marquee.

How to apply

Please send us in an email to by Midnight Sunday, October 23, 2016:

Jpeg images of proposed arrangement of content on screens, or storyboard layout in sketch format or other illustration: refer to the Content Creation Guidelines.

Links to past moving image work (up to 3 samples, 1 minute each): samples must be online (You Tube and Vimeo are acceptable)

Brief description of proposed piece (not more than one page)


Selection Process

Boston Cyberarts and MCCA will review applications and award up to ten exhibition opportunities for the BCEC Marquee. Notifications will be sent late October, and works should be completed by midnight November 20, 2016 for presentation in late November. Awards include a $500 honorarium.

Selection of work is based foremost upon artistic excellence. We are particularly interested in works that push the limits of the 7 screens as a display platform while also creating dynamic engaging content for the public. Artists will receive proper credit for their media art.


Please contact Boston Cyberarts Director, George Fifield with questions.