~ Call for Proposals ~

Student Art on the Marquee 2022


As part of our ongoing Art on the Marquee Program, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Boston Cyberarts are issuing our Student 2022 call for 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, 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.
  • Eligibility is limited to artists & artist teams who live 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, February 27th, 2022. 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)

For more info, see the Video Call for Entries — https://vimeo.com/jeffu/aotmstudent

Selection Process

Boston Cyberarts and MCCA will review applications and award up to ten MA-based student artists exhibition opportunities for the BCEC Marquee. 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 jeffu@jeffu.tv with any questions.


Workshops will be coordinated with accepted students, to provide an overview of the process of creating work for the Marquee in Adobe After Effects. The first workshop may be at the BCEC or remote (still TBA) Subsequent workshops will be scheduled with the students at their respective schools or via Zoom, in order to help troubleshoot projects in-progress, and to help create the final build projects for the Marquee.

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.


Apply now through our ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM by 11:59 PM Sunday, February 27, 2022