Artist Opportunities


The goal of Virginia Beach's Temporary Art Program is to engage, inspire and surprise the community with unique works of art – for a designated period of time – while creating vibrant meeting places and raising the profile of public art in Virginia Beach on both a national and international platform.​

The Community-Based Public Art Initiative celebrates the spirit and diversity across the city. All works are created for the community, by the community, and with community artists.

 Artist Opportunities


Information packet and RFP here

The City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Town Center Advisory Board and Zeiders American Dream Theater, is looking to engage a local artist to create a temporary community mural during the Proteus Festival on October 6 and 7, 2018 to celebrate the Zeiders American Dream Theater’s Grand Opening! We are seeking a (one) qualified artist to design an exciting chalk mural that celebrates the arts in Town Center and throughout Virginia Beach. The selected artist will work with the public to create the piece on the bricks of the Sandler Center Plaza (approximately 1300 sq ft). The mural will be created live, over one full day (October 6) during the Proteus Festival using washable materials such as tempera paint and soft chalk pastels.
Download Information and RFP here.

  • RFP released: September 6, 2018
  • Submission deadline: September 23, 2018
  • Panel review: September 24, 2018
  • Artist notified: September 29, 2018
  • Install: October 6, 2018 continued to October 7 if needed, or inclement weather on October 6
    *If inclement weather on the weekend of October 6-7, the City will reschedule the installation on a date agreeable to the CIty and the artist.



Information packet and RFP here

The City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (Parkway Elementary, Corporate Landing Elementary and Middle) is looking to engage two artists or arts teams, to participate in two short-term Artist Residencies with either Corporate Landing Elementary/ Middle School or Parkway Elementary, to produce creative public art projects that are reflective of the school and the community. The public art projects will be displayed in either Dunwoody Park or Salem Woods Park, for one or two days at the completion of the Residency Programs. The artists are encouraged to connect with local businesses, community organizations, and neighbors to produce a temporary public work that engages the community and reflects their spirit and collective story. This opportunity is open to any visual, performing or literary artist who is able to commit to a six week residency program. Download Information and RFQ here.

  • Submission deadline: Septmber 30, 2018
  • Panel review and Interview Schedule: Week of October 1, 2018
  • Final artist selection: October 1, 2018
  • Project completion: TBA

Length of public art exhibit and level of public interaction to be determined by the Office of Cultural Affairs.



Runnymede is booking artists to host exhibitions in their Gallery at Pavilion I beginning October 2019. If interested in showing with them, please review & complete the below application for review by their committee.

About The Gallery

The Gallery at Pavilion I is a Class-A office building located within the ViBe Creative District, the newest art and cultural hub in Hampton Roads. At just six blocks from the Oceanfront, it is easily within walking distance of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Virginia Beach Convention Center, and many retail shops, restaurants, and health and wellness facilities. There are five (5) floors of space available for displaying art, each with a 23ft wall opposite the elevators so the work is seen immediately upon exit of each floor and in the lobby. Art work is available for public viewing from 9am-5:30pm M-F; and Opening Receptions typically attract 50-75 people.

Download Application


 Project Timeline + Process

Specific dates vary per project.

  • Submission deadline
  • Panel review of applications
  • Finalist notification
  • Interviews scheduled
  • Proposal presentations, if applicable 
  • Final artist selection
  • Contract
  • Design review phases, fabrication and installation schedule for art coordinated with project construction, and completion date.

 How Selections Will Be Made

A Public Art Selection Committee will be created by the Office of Cultural Affairs. The committee will consist of a minimum of two City representatives, a Public Art Committee member, an arts professional (who may also be a qualified Public Art Committee member), the project's building and/or landscape architect or engineer (if applicable), and at least one citizen at large who represents the community where the project is located. The Selection Committee members will serve through the completion of assigned public art project. Their duties will include the review and feedback regarding artist selections and concepts based on set criteria and complete applications.

The artist selection process will be unique to each project. The following are the different types of Calls to Artists.

General Call to Artists, RFP/RFQ
An open call to artists is posted to local and/or national platforms for a set period of time. All applicants are reviewed through selection process.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Invites artists to send their qualifications to be reviewed by the selection committee, but does not require a specific proposal to be submitted. Artists are chosen based on their past and current art and achievements.

Request for Proposals (RFP)
Call for Artists may include a request for brief comment (rather than a full proposal) on the artist's approach to the project.

                 • Promotion of Call to Artists may be through the following:

                          - CaFÉ

                          - American for the Arts Public Art Network





                          - Social Media, with a specific focus on local / regional artist groups and organizations

                          - Media outlets

                          - Invitational emails to local, regional, national and/or short listed artists


All projects are open to artists who have previous experience in large-scale outdoor design and community-based projects (if applicable). Local and national professional artists or artist-led teams are eligible to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have successfully managed and completed at least one (1) similar commissioned project with a budget equal to or greater than the proposed project budget.
  • Provide previous samples of work to illustrate style, qualifications and experiences