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


The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department in partnership with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, have created Brushworks, a public art program at the Housing Resource Center (HRC) located at 104 N. Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach. This pilot program will create opportunities for community members experiencing homelessness to work with professional artists in the creation of public art murals around the city. The mission of this pilot program is to incorporate socially impactful public art thoughtfully into public space.

Cultural Affairs is looking to engage an artist, with community and/or teaching experience, who will create a mural design and work with our targeted community members in all aspects of the mural creation, from concept development, to project and time management, painting techniques and installation. The commissioned artist will receive relevant training by HRC staff to promote a healthy and safe working environment for both the hired participants and artist. Because this is a pilot program, the selected artist will work closely with the Brushworks team in creating best practices for future projects.

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Inspired by similar projects around the country and expanding on the success of the Utility Art Wrapped Boxes in the ViBe Creative District, Cultural Affairs is looking to take this program around the City of Virginia Beach. The art wrapped utility boxes will provide selected neighborhoods a sense of identity and serve to activate the selected areas supporting walkable neighborhoods connected by community inspired art.

In partnership with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Visual Arts Department, a local artist will closely work with students to create original artwork based on common themes such as: Community Dreams, This is Me!, How My City Moves, etc. The theme will be decided by the collaboration between the artist and the selected schools.

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The City of Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department and the Parks & Recreation Department are looking for an artist to create a series of five murals on the upper level of the City's newest skate park, which will be prominently debuted during the Woodstock Skate Park opening on June 16, 2021. Skate parks provide a place for our skate community of all ages to express themselves while also accommodating all "wheeled" sports, including push scooters, bikes and rollerblades. The mural series should reflect the style and energy of the skateboarding lifestyle.

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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.

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 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
  • Have residence in the U.S.
  • 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