WonderRoot invites visual artists to submit qualifications to develop a semi-permanent, community-based public art project located throughout the Pittsburgh neighborhood as a part of the Where The Heart Is project. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a more thorough design proposal at a later date (details below).

About Where the Heart Is: An Artistic Examination of Home

Where the Heart Is: An Artistic Examination of Home is a community-centered public art project that supports Pittsburgh residents as they reclaim their public spaces and the stories that are attached to them. Where the Heart Is is working to lift the histories of spaces like local  barber shops, convenient stores, recreation centers, basketball courts, churches, and abandoned lands as public spaces of honor.  This project is an opportunity for local Pittsburgh residents to lift up the power of their collective stories through a public artwork. Through an extensive community engagement process, WonderRoot and the project artist(s) will work collaboratively with residents to Together, Pittsburgh residents, WonderRoot, and project artists will identify important landmarks, witness and capture stories, and create artistic markers that showcase the community’s vision of the neighborhood. This project will be developed over the course of the next seven months and will be completed in April 2018.

Eligibility + Selection Criteria

This RFP is open to professional artists residing in metropolitan Atlanta who meet the following qualifications:

  • Successful completion of at least two original public art projects commissioned for an outdoor environment.

  • Connectedness (professionally, residentially, etc.) to Pittsburgh and/or to surrounding neighborhoods.

  • A proven track record in community engaged practices in the concept development process

  • Aesthetic excellence in the design and execution of completed projects.

  • Ability to design, fabricate, install and oversee the installation of commissioned work.

  • Experience working in a team environment and incorporating the ideas and talents of other artists to create a finished work.

  • Ability to work with 1-2 Supporting Artists to complete the project.

Public Art Budget

The commission for the  Lead Artist’s role in Where The Heart Is is $15,000.00

  • $10,000 for Lead Artist commission

  • $5,000 for project materials and supplies.

The $5,000 budget for materials and supplies includes all costs related to the artworks final design, fabrication, transportation, delivery and installation costs; subcontractor and consultant fees including any engineers or fabricators; permit and license fees; General Liability and other insurance required by the City, and all other costs associated with the art project.

Public Art Project Goals

  • Be an original, public art project for numerous outdoor spaces.

  • Provide an aesthetically pleasing, dynamic art experience for residents, small business owners/workers and visitors of Pittsburgh.

  • Highlight the unique contributions of a wide variety of Pittsburgh residents (past and present), small businesses, and community gathering spaces

  • Highlight oral histories and public histories of places in Pittsburgh

  • Allow Supporting Artists the opportunity to participate first hand in a professional public art project and learn the techniques and processes required to complete said project.

Public Art Location(s)

The artworks will be installed throughout Pittsburgh.

The exact locations of the markers TBD

Review Process:

Applications will be reviewed by the Where the Heart Is Advisory Committee and a selection will be made by Dec. 22nd 2017.

All application materials listed below must be completed in order for the applicant to be considered.

  • Lead Artist application completed through the Where The Heart Is Submittable Application.

  • A statement of interest (approximately 500 words). This document should include why you are interested in participating as the Lead Artist on this project, why you are qualified to participate as the Lead Artist on this project, and what kind of work you are envisioning creating for this project.

  • A curriculum vitae or résumé that places emphasis on your experience in the public art realm, including a minimum of two original, outdoor public art projects.

  • Three references from projects of similar scope and size.

  • At least five (5) and up to a maximum of ten (10) images and/or videos of your previous work.


Project Schedule (may be subject to change)

  • RFP Application Deadline: December 10, 2017

  • Stage One: Advisory Committee select Lead Artist: December 22, 2017

  • Mandatory WTHI Community Meeting: Jan 2018 ( DATE TBD)

  • Lead Artist Collaborates on Oral History Gathering and Engagement: Jan -Feb 2018

  • Initial Concept Due/ Community Feedback Begins - Feb 2018

  • Begin art execution process - March 2018

  • Fabrication and Installation - April 2018

  • Unveiling and Dedication Event: Late April 2018


Questions? Please contact WonderRoot’s Community Project Manager, Arielle Brown, at arielle@wonderroot.org


December 3rd | 12-6pm | Ponce City Market

WonderRoot's Artist and Maker Market at PCM is a monthly outdoor market located at The Shed at Ponce City Market, a covered platform off of the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail.

The WonderRoot Artist and Maker Market connects Atlanta residents to artists, makers, and other creative people, such as yourself! WonderRoot facilitates a platform for creative people to sustain themselves and build relationships. This is an extensive opportunity to both expand your reach and grow your work. 

We invite you to take advantage of the culture and community incubated on the BeltLine Eastside Trail by registering for the low-cost artist market. This is an open-invitation; feel free to share! Please be aware we do not accept food vendors.

Vendors will arrive at 11am. Market is open from 12pm-6pm. Vendors must leave by 7pm.

Vendors are accepted on a rolling basis. We will notify you within 2 weeks if your application has been approved.

$95 vendor fee must be submitted before the day of the market. Once you are accepted, you will receive a payment link. All vendor fees collected directly support WonderRoot's youth programs. 

We will also feature one table per monthly market at no cost to provide better access for underrepresented artists. Feel free to reach out to nina@wonderroot.org for more information on this scholarship opportunity. 

Submission of this application assumes full understanding and compliance to the responsibilities and requirements of the WonderRoot Artist Market at PCM outlined here. 

Ends on January 14, 2018
WonderRoot is currently seeking group exhibition and curation proposals on a rolling basis from emerging and mid-career artists and curators. 

Exhibition proposals will be judged based on the creative rigor of the proposal, exhibition experience, technical proficiency, and quality of previous work. If you are proposing a new project please be prepared to submit sketches/digital renderings and additional text-based documents that may aid us in understanding the project.

*Due to the high volume of inquiries we will only notify accepted applicants. 

Questions? Please email iman@wonderroot.org. 
Ends on January 31, 2018
WonderRoot is currently seeking exhibition proposals on a rolling basis from emerging and mid-career local artists that work in the following disciplines: 

-Installation
-Drawing, painting and printmaking
-Photography
-Sculpture
-Mixed media
-Sound
-Video
-Performance

Exhibition proposals will be judged based on the creative rigor of the proposal, exhibition experience, technical proficiency, and quality of previous work. If you are proposing a new project please be prepared to submit sketches/digital renderings and additional text-based documents that may aid us in understanding the project. In addition, collaborations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

*Due to the high volume of inquiries we will only notify accepted applicants. 

Questions? Please email iman@wonderroot.org.