YBCA is calling for additional proposals from Bay Area artists to create an artwork on the wavy wall between Mission and Howard on 3rd Street, a highly traveled connective corridor where bicyclists, pedestrians, cars, buses, international travelers, convention attendees, workers, and families pass through. The artwork area is 60’ 1” long x 12’ high, and the final design will be realized in vinyl for a period of 2-5 years. Note that painted murals will be digitized to translate to that medium.

What We’re Looking For:

YBCA is where inspiration fuels a better world. Our mission is to catalyze culture that leads to social and cultural movement. We believe that artists are essential agents of change.

YBCA is an arts center and incubator focused on the development of artists that are using their creativity to move their communities forward.

For this artwork, we are looking for a bold and impactful work that is attention-getting and legible to passersby who are using a variety of modes of transportation. The winning artwork will inspire people to think about art, creativity, and imagination as essential to the well-being of the community and of the planet; it will provoke people to engage; and it will acknowledge our Bay Area context. YBCA encourages ideas that invite co-creation with Bay Area communities, which may result in additional programmatic opportunities that explore the themes of the work.

Selection Process:

Artists are asked to submit sample images of past work along with a narrative outlining the concept for this specific site. Submissions will be open from January 6 to February 16th, 2020. Three finalists will be notified by February 28th, 2020, and will be asked to further develop their proposals and present their concepts and site-specific renderings to the jury. The selected artist will be notified in mid March, with installation to begin the week of May 4th, 2020.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access will also be prioritized in the selection process, which will be led by jurors who are leading experts in the fields of visual arts, performing arts, film, and marketing.


Jurors will select three finalists to further develop their proposals, awarding them $1,000 each to refine their concepts and present their renderings to the jurors. The selected artist will receive a fee of $15,000. The selected artist will be responsible for the final design for the artwork to be realized in vinyl. Fabrication and installation costs will be assumed by YBCA.

Questions can be directed to opencall@ybca.org.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant’s Info
  • CV
  • Project Proposal (300-500 words)
  • Sample Images (Up to 10 images 10MB each)

Thank you for your interest. This open call has ended and is no longer accepting applications.