Call for Artists: 5th Edition of Georgetown GLOW Public Art Exhibition

By Editorial Team on January 8, 2018

Deadline: Thu, 01 March 2018

2017 GLOW, Horizontal Interference, Joachim Slugocki and Katarzyna Malejka, Poland. Courtesy of GLOW 2017.
Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm

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The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) invites artists to submit proposals for the fifth edition of its Georgetown GLOW Winter Public Art Exhibition, an outdoor display of light-art installations on view in Washington, DC from Friday, December 7, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2019. Georgetown GLOW is free and open to the general public, with installations lit nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. in the commercial district.

Georgetown GLOW is Washington, D.C.’s premier Light-Art Festival, and part of the BID’s overall holiday programming. From classic white lights along the rooftops of historic buildings, to wreaths adorning every city lightpole, and GLOW, the holidays in Georgetown are the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary. With its charming buildings, historic preservation, and more than 450+ stores, restaurants, galleries, and salons to shop and dine, the Georgetown neighborhood is internationally renowned, and the D.C. area’s top stop for all things holiday.

Georgetown GLOW is open to all artists working in mediums to include performance, video and sculpture, and creatively incorporates light as its primary medium. With light at the center of each project, artists are encouraged to explore concepts of space and place; inspire public interaction; and utilize and respond to Georgetown. We will not accept projects where light is simply illuminating your art work; the role of light must be essential and integrated with your concept.

The exhibition aims to highlight and juxtapose the historic Georgetown neighborhood through the lens of innovative and contemporary light art. It is essential that each art work consider and respond appropriately to the surroundings of Georgetown, DC’s oldest neighborhood, and designated on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

They would like each artist to consider the notion that there is a light within all of us and that when sparked can spread warmth and delight. It is our goal that the selected works, when activated, inspire the viewer to re-imagine the season of light, encourage interactivity and experience joy. Through this exhibition, we will embrace a diversity of ideas focused on the power of light by looking to local, national and international voices within the setting of historic Georgetown.

Selection Process
A selection committee including Georgetown BID staff, BID members, community stakeholders and curator, Deirdre MacWilliams, will select approximately ten (10) artists for the 2018 GLOW exhibition.

The committee will consider the following in selecting the final projects for the 2018 GLOW exhibition:

  • New Artworks: They give priority to light art that has been created for GLOW;
  • Light is the Primary Medium: They are not looking for art that is simply illuminated. Light must be central to the concept of your proposal;
  • Creativity & Innovation: GLOW aims to amaze and delight visitors with the creativity and innovation of light art. They are looking for works that are innovative and evoke a sense of wonder with the viewer.
  • Durability: They require durable and rigid constructions. The December weather in DC can be unpredictable – from unseasonably warm and dry to below freezing, windy and rainy (and at times, snow!). As a result, your piece must be technically and physically durable to withstand all kinds of elements; and
  • Theme: They are looking for concepts that interpret the theme in surprising and thoughtful ways.

The all-inclusive budget for each individual project cannot exceed $15,000 USD.


  • Call for Artists: Deadline to submit
    Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Artists notified of project selections
    Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Installation of selected art works
    Monday, November 26 – Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    • All artwork must be installed, tested, and have received a walkthrough with a BID team member by 8 p.m. on December 4.
  • Exhibition Private Opening Reception
    Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Exhibition opens to general public
    Friday, December 7, 2018
  • De-installation
    Monday, January 7 – Friday, January 11, 2019

Proposal submission Process
To be considered, each applicant must submit:

  • CV (no more than three pages);
  • Contact information for lead artist to include full name, address, email and cell phone number;
  • Rendering of proposed project(s)
    Applicants are permitted to submit no more than two project proposals for consideration;
  • Description of proposed project(s) with dimensions and weight (no more than one page each);
  • Budget for each submitted proposal to include costs for materials, artist fees, travel, fabrication, installation of the art work, etc.;
  • Up to 10 images of previous art work accompanied by a short description of each project; and
  • Three References.

All proposals must be submitted to curator, Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams at with the subject line “Georgetown GLOW Exhibition Proposal” by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 1st, 2018.