Call for Proposals for the 7th Student Round of Art on the Marquee due March 10th

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts are issuing the seventh call for student media art to display on the Marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 11:59 pm Sunday, March 10, 2019

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.
  • 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: Motion content is no longer allowed on the bottom screens. Artwork can have motion on the upper section of the marquee and then either one static 30 second image on the bottom sections or 3 different static images each playing for 10 seconds. Also cuts only, no dissolves or fades.
  • 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 10, 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 14, and works should be completed by Sunday, April 16 for presentation in April 2018. 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 10, 11:59 PM
  • Notification of Acceptance: Mar 14
  • Workshop at BCEC: Wed, Mar 20, 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Deadline for finished projects: Sunday, Apr 14, 11:59 PM
  • Preview of Student Work: Tuesday, Apr 16
  • Opening Reception: Monday, April 22, 6-8 PM


Apply now through our ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM by 11:59 PM Sunday, March 10, 2019