Call for Public Art at Gateway West Development in Hyattsville, MD

By Editorial Team on July 26, 2022

Deadline: Wed, 17 August 2022

Courtesy of Hyattsville Community Development Corporation.


Deadline: Wednesday, August 10 EXTENDED to Wednesday, August 17 at 4pm

The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is accepting artist proposals for an iconic, permanent public artwork for the entrance to Stanley Martin’s new Gateway West Development. Installation is to be complete no later than by November 24th, 2022. The sculpture will located on the west side of Belcrest Road, located prominently across from the Gateway West community signage, in clear view of transiting vehicular traffic and pedestrians. Artwork can potentially be of an interactive nature to enhance the pedestrian experience.

Thematically compatible pre-existing work will be considered, but original work, derived to be thematically consistent with the Call is preferred, and site-sensitive or site-specific sculptures are encouraged. Submittal of a small concept sketch, rather than a fully rendered, detailed design is what is requested for consideration by our jury for this Call.

Eligibility: Individual artists or artist teams from the greater metropolitan area or within 250 miles are eligible to respond. Locally established or emerging sculptors, woodworkers, metal-workers, and artists of any durable media are most welcomed. Prince George’s County-based artists are strongly encouraged to submit their work for consideration.

Theme & Purpose
The artwork’s thematic motif will highlight Stanley Martin’s new development, Gateway West, as an attractive, approachable, and desirable location for new residents to call home. The Call seeks works whose thematic emphasis is upon strength and endurance, as that is Stanley Martin’s credo in building communities and homes like Gateway West. The selected piece will be visually stunning, memorable, and thought-provoking, while being a work that residents and visitors of the community can enjoy and embrace.

Artwork should compliment the new development’s entrance, the surrounding public space, and the site’s architectural and landscaping designs; utilize natural materials in a distinctive manner; and may be iconographic, narrative, or stage-making. All types of media are welcome for submittal, including interactive, kinetic, multimedia, electronic and digital installations.

A design may evoke strength and endurance through embedded narrative focusing on the power of domestic life. We would also encourage incorporation of the acorn symbol as a design motif, thereby emphasizing one of Stanley Martin’s well-known design elements as frequently included in their new homes’ door hardware. A design may also evoke strength and endurance by incorporating or referencing Hyattsville community life.

Locale: The townhomes at Gateway West will breathe vibrant life into this currently undeveloped area. Stanley Martin plans to make an attractive community that is walkable to the Mall at Prince George’s and the Prince George’s Plaza metro station. The plans for Gateway West demonstrate a strong planning emphasis on vibrant and luxurious townhomes, with an eye to art and lush landscaping.

The new entranceway will be developed on Belcrest Road and a new road will lead into the development, located just north of the Plaza Towers Apartments.

Size Guidelines:
Sculpture Site: see attached Site Plan

Height: 10-13 feet

Footprint: A 5’x5’ footer to fit within the landscaping features designed on the east side of the entry road to the community and across from the Gateway West sign, in front of the stormwater retention area, with lighting components provided by Stanley Martin.

Artwork must not pose risk of injury to the public; must be able to withstand a reasonable degree of physical contact without degradation; must withstand the rigors of an outdoor installation; be durable yearlong; and must require little to no maintenance over time. Designs for landscaped artwork or for interactive lighting should generally be contained within the aforementioned footprint. A detailed package can be found here:

Visual Schematics and Photos are included in the Online Package

Artist Stipend:
A $35,000.00 stipend will be provided to the chosen artist. The stipend is all inclusive of fees and costs. The selected artist is responsible for maintaining budget, keeping to production schedule, documentation of the installed work, transportation and installation, insurance, and any necessary technical engineering needed to install the sculpture.

Upon inquiry a detailed fabrication timeline will be provided. Fabrication of the artwork is to be targeted for completion by November 10th, 2022, and installation complete no later than November 24, 2022. Upon jury selection, a work agreement will be provided for review, discussion and execution. Artist will work with the CDC to coordinate inspection of the work in progress, as well as the fabrication and installation process.

Selection Process and Criteria:
A jury comprised of representatives of Stanley Martin Homes, LLC, Hyattsville CDC, community stakeholders and local artists will review proposals. Criteria will include:

  • Qualifications and professional experience of the artist/team; including the quality of previous works
  • Outstanding potential of the artwork concept
  • Excellence in design, and appropriateness of artist expression to the proposed project;
  • Demonstrated and assessed ability to execute the project under the criteria developed, while meeting the budgetary constraints within the performance period.

Ownership Provisions:
Included in the Artist Contract will be the provision that the “Artist shall provide the Hyattsville CDC with a written Bill of Sale conveying the title of the Artwork to Stanley Martin Homes, LLC, and a release of liens, claims or other encumbrances. Such documents shall be in a form acceptable to Stanley Martin Homes, LLC and the Hyattsville CDC.

Included in the Artist’s contract will be the provision that the Artists will advise Stanley Martin Homes, LLC of any required or foreseeable maintenance of the artwork in written form.

The selected Artist will retain all rights under the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq., as the sole author of the Artwork for the duration of the copyright. Artist will grant to Stanley Martin Homes, LLC, and HCDC and its assignees an irrevocable license to make two-dimensional reproduction of the Artwork for non-commercial, promotional purposes.

To submit a proposal, applicants must first register their intent by calling/e-mailing the Hyattsville CDC to be briefed on the project parameters. Please also review the detailed package prior to doing so. That package can be found online by clicking this link:

Please send your proposal and statement by August 10, 2022; notification of acceptance of the proposal for consideration is anticipated within 48 hours and notification of selection of design is expected no later than August 25, 2022. Send all materials digitally via e-mail to the Hyattsville CDC’s E-Mail Inbox:

  • A Concept Sketch of your proposed design (10MB max per PDF/JPG/GIF/TIF/PNG image)
  • A maximum of 5 images of previous sculptures (10MB max per PDF/JPG/GIF/TIF/PNG image)


  • Your name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and website
  • A one-page résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A one-page artist’s statement
  • Project budget, that will include any and all estimated and anticipated costs
  • At least three current, verifiable references
  • An image listing with your filename, title of artwork or description, media, size.

Please e-mail all application materials to: [email protected]

Subject: Gateway West Call for Artists – Artist Team Name

Please send any questions and comments to:
Cristobal Slobodzian, Operations Manager
Hyattsville CDC
[email protected]

(301) 683-8267
4314 Farragut St. Hyattsville, MD 20781

The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation reserves the right to delay or reschedule the conduct of, cancel, or reissue this Call for Artists for any reason it deems fit or necessary to do so.

Applicants will be advised in the event of delay, cancellation, or reissuance.

The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran: and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), or individuals are encouraged to respond.