~ Call for Proposals – CANCELLED ~

POSTPONED – 8th Student Art on the Marquee

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the 8th Student Art on the Marquee has been postponed. We plan to reschedule in Fall 2020

Any student who has already submitted for this round will automatically be considered for the rescheduled round, even if that student has graduated.

As part of our ongoing Art on the Marquee Program, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Boston Cyberarts are issuing our 8th call for student media art for display on the 7 screen digital display marquee outside of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. We are looking for 30-second videos, animations or computer generated work, using the entire marquee in colorful and creative ways.

Submission Guidelines

  • We are looking for proposals for 30-second videos, animations, or computer-generated motion works that push the creative limits of this 80-foot, seven-screen, three-sided LED sculpture. There is no theme
  • For the initial proposal, student artists will submit a description of their proposed project, along with jpg images that show the arrangement of content on screens.
  • This is an 80-foot tall, 7 screen digital display providing full-motion video
  • There are many features of the Marquee to take advantage of, so please familiarize yourself with the technical specifications outlined in the Marquee’s Content Creation Guidelines before submitting your proposal.
  • Note: Artwork can have motion on the upper section of the marquee, but the lower sections can only display static images.
  • The final content will need to be created in an After Effects template, which we will provide. If accepted, Boston Cyberarts & the BCEC will provide workshops to help the student with the technical aspects of creating art in the supplied After Effects template.
  • Eligibility is limited to student artists who attend a College or University in Massachusetts.
  • It is recommended that you visit the BCEC before submitting, in order to grasp the full potential of the Marquee.

How to Apply

Applications are due at 11:59 PM Sunday, March 22, 2019. APPLY NOW through our online submission form.

  • Brief description of proposed work (50 words maximum, see website for examples)
  • Images of proposed arrangement of content on screens (one or more jpgs, or storyboard layout in sketch format or other illustration). Submit as a single file (.zip, .pdf, .jpg, etc.)
  • Links to online video samples (up to 2 samples, 1 minute each). These can be past moving image work, or a mockup of what you plan for the Marquee. Samples must be online (You Tube and Vimeo are acceptable)
  • Brief Biography (50 words maximum, see website for examples)

Selection Process

Boston Cyberarts and MCCA will review applications and award up to ten student exhibition opportunities for the BCEC Marquee. Notifications will be sent by March 25, and works should be completed by April 19 for presentation on April 30. 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 the Student Art on the Marquee Coordinator, Jeffu Warmouth, with questions.

About the Marquee

The 80-foot-tall Marquee offers more than 3,000 square feet of display area on 7 screens, providing full-motion video capability and is viewed by more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists daily. This stunning icon 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.


Through a series of Workshops arranged by BCEC, students will receive instruction and direction in order to submit a qualified final project for the Marquee. A Workshop will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in late March. It is strongly recommended that you attend this workshop, which will provide an overview of the process of creating work for the Marquee, and include an introduction to Adobe After Effects and the templates. Students will also be able to see previous student work on the Marquee itself. The workshop will be followed by the opening reception for the current round of Art on the Marquee work, from 6-8 PM. Please clear your schedule now so that you can attend in the event that you are accepted. Subsequent workshops will be scheduled with the students at their respective schools, in order to help troubleshoot projects in-progress, and to help create the final build projects for the Marquee.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Sun, Mar 22, 11:59 PM
  • Notification of Acceptance: Mar 25
  • Workshop at BCEC: Wed, Mar 31, 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Deadline for finished projects: Sunday, Apr 19, 11:59 PM
  • Preview of Student Work: Monday, Apr 20
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 30, 6-8 PM


Apply now through our ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM by 11:59 PM Sunday, March 22, 2020