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Open Call for Art: LIC is a Galaxy

Project Overview:


We are embarking on an exciting new public art project which uses cosmic themes to represent the diversity and unity of Long Island City. Seeking 4 to 5 Queens-based artists to each paint 4 to 5 provided 18” diameter spheres with a vibrant design to encourage LIC residents and visitors to walk along the streets and spot all the unique “planets” in our galaxy. Spheres and orbs can represent unity, inclusion, and a shared home. We encourage artists to think about these themes in your proposal, which does not need to depict literal planets. Bright colors, positive messaging and stories of resiliency are also encouraged for this public art.

We aim to showcase the creativity of our arts community during a challenging time for all communities. After the artworks are installed at the end of February, tulips will bloom around them throughout the spring.

The Long Island City Business Improvement District (BID), operated by the Long Island City Partnership (LICP), maintains the tree beds along the BID corridors (Queens Plaza, Jackson Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, and 44th Drive) and cares for the flowers in warmer months. The concept of LIC is a Galaxy is to bring inspiring, visually interesting art to the tree beds in the wintertime.

LICP and Eventscape, a custom art and architectural fabrication firm in LIC, sourced the twenty 18” fiberglass spheres from local fabricator Sculpture House for our artists to use as their canvas and create their own mini solar system. Culture Lab LIC will serve as curatorial partner on the project. Artists will be provided with a painting material stipend, the spheres, space to paint over several days if needed, and a $200 stipend.

We will promote the selected artists on the LICP and Culture Lab social media platforms and plan socially distant art walks for the work. The work will be displayed in high traffic areas and signs will give credit to the artist and link to more information on the project.


  • Exhibition Location: LIC tree beds 

  • On View: from February 16 for two-three months with potential extension and exhibition after

  • Submission Fee: Free

  • Submission Deadline: January 25

  • Notification of Acceptance: January 26

  • Delivery Date for Completed Work: February 15 

  • Compensation: $200 stipend and art supplies. 

  • Eligibility: 

    • Must be a Queens resident, age 18 or older OR an LIC-based non-profit organization teen/youth program

    • Available to pick up spheres and produce the work in late January and February.


Propose a “solar system” of four or five painted spheres that represent ideas of unity and community. 




Fill out online submission form here:


To complete submission form, you will need:

  • A CV or Resume with name and contact information.

  • Links to your online work, website and social media. 

  • 3-4 examples of prior work. (jpgs)

  • In no more than 300 words:

    • Explain your concept incorporating the themes of this commission, 

    • Usage of 4-5 spheres as individual works or a collective piece (two spheres can be placed together in larger tree beds, but the spheres will be spread out among several tree beds, please consider how each sphere will stand alone and relate to the others), 

    • Proposed title of work,

    • Your connection to the LIC community


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