Call for Artists: Two Sculptural Bus Shelters in the Heart of the Hyattsville (The Canvas Apartments – Urban Investment Partners)

Deadline to Apply: January 7, 2024


The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, on behalf of Hyattsville Town One LLC and Urban Investment Partners (UIP), is accepting artist proposals for the design and fabrication of two (2) sculpturally-devised bus shelters for placement at two (2) locations adjacent to Canvas Apartments in Downtown Hyattsville.


The Canvas Apartments are planned as a mixed-use, infill development within walking distance to an engaged community eager to socialize around arts production and entertainment. The property abuts the iconic Hyattsville Armory, an historic, National Register-listed building currently the home of the Crossover Church and is located just two miles from both the Washington DC eastern border and from the University of Maryland, College Park campus along the historic US Route 1 corridor. Canvas Apartments are situated prominently at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Hamilton St and will consist of 285 apartments, 32,000 square feet of ground floor retail uses, two public-serving piazzas, a contemporary lobby infused with local artwork, garage-based parking, and bike storage. The residence features urbanist motifs described as energizing, destination-building, and having a joyful vibe.

The project is compliance-mandated, but privately-funded and intended to engage Downtown Hyattsville & Arts District Hyattsville stakeholders and visitors. The bus shelter placements will be provided outside of the newly constructed Canvas Apartments as a means of enhancing the project itself while simultaneously promoting and improving the transit use experience. The property will also host a Capital Bikeshare station. The shelter placements are also nearby to other downtown shopping destinations and will serve and enhance all adjacent developments.

The first bus shelter will serve southbound Route One commuters (users of WMATA F8, 83, and The Bus # 17) and is to be located at the near center of the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue and calls for an iconic, contemporary, sculptural treatment for the bus shelter. The second placement calls for a like structure for east/southbound commuters (users of WMATA F8) on Jefferson Street. Installation for the bus shelters is to be completed by April 26, 2024 to ensure delivery in advance of Canvas’ grand opening in late spring, 2024.

Eligibility: Individual artists or artist teams from the greater metropolitan area or within 65 miles are eligible to respond. Locally established or emerging sculptors, woodworkers, metal-workers, and artists of any durable media are most welcomed. Prince George’s County-based artists are strongly encouraged to submit their work for consideration.


Based upon the Call for Artists submittals and jury responses, an artist/team will be selected. The CDC staff will then work closely with the selected artist/team to develop the final design before notice to proceed to fabrication is given.
The selected artist/team will receive a project commission of $50,000.00 for both shelters. The stipend is to be all inclusive of fees and costs. The selected artist is responsible for maintaining budget, keeping to production schedule, documentation of the installed work, transportation and installation, insurance, and any necessary technical engineering needed to install the shelter.

A detailed fabrication timeline is provided in the package. Fabrication of the artwork is to be complete by April 11, 2024, and installation complete by April 26, 2024. Upon jury selection, a tailored work agreement will be provided for review, discussion and execution. Artist will work with the CDC to coordinate inspection of the work in progress, as well as the fabrication and installation process.


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