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B&O Railroad Museum Street Art Competition






Street art and graffiti have a deep connection with railroads, as works of art crisscross the nation on train cars, connecting artists with unknown new communities. As a reflection on railroads themselves, the B&O Railroad Museum, in partnership with the Creative Alliance, is seeking street art and graffiti art proposals that respond to the idea of connectedness, in our Baltimore community and as a nation. Four selected artists will have the opportunity to create a mural of their design on half of one side of a caboose at the Museum.





Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Submit the following materials to the B&O Railroad Museum by email to jnapper@borail.org:

  • • Original sketch of street art design that will be installed on train car.
  • • CV/Resume: Limit to three (3) pages.
  • • Letter of Intent: How do your personal style and past projects relate to this project.
    • ○ Briefly describe your interest and concept for this project. Use 500 words or less.
  • • Supporting Materials:
    • ○ Images: Up to ten digital images of relevant completed artwork.
      • – SUGGESTED: Upload images as JPG files
    • ○ Images Descriptions: Include relevant descriptions with each image (include project budgets where applicable)
    • ○ OPTIONAL: Video file that may demonstrates moving parts, time-based work, functionality, etc.
      • – SUGGESTED: Upload as mov, wmv, of flv files, no larger than 60MB each, nor longer than five minutes each
  • • One professional reference: complete contact information for references with a deep knowledge of your artwork and work methods.
  • • **Examples of archival digital submission platforms:
    • ○ Slideshow
    • ○ WeTransfer
    • ○ Google Docs
    • ○ Dropbox




January 15, 2021 - Deadline to submit proposals

January 29, 2021 - Selected artists will be notified

February 5, 2021 - Deadline for artists to confirm participation. 

Spring 2021 (date TBD) Installation begins

Summer 2021 (date TBD) - Opening event at the B&O Railroad Museum 



Baltimore-based artists (artists living and/or working in and around Baltimore, MD)



Four artists will receive $500 each for being selected from the call for entries and for agreeing to participate in this project. We will also provide an additional $2000 for each selected artist as well as providing a materials budget, contingent on grant funding, once we begin the installation phase of the project.



Please do not hesitate to contact Jemn Napper at jnapper@borail.org



B&O Railroad Museum Mission and Project Vision:



Comprised of the oldest and most comprehensive collection of railroad history in the Western Hemisphere, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is a unique cultural and educational asset for Baltimore and the nation. With an unparalleled roster of the 19th and 20th century railroad equipment, original shop buildings, and surviving tracks at the historic Mt. Clare site, the Museum strives to be an integrated resource to present the economic, social, and cultural impact of railroading on American society.



Project Mission: As a community we share many things, starting with our geographical location. Filled with various idioms and intersections of humanity, our relation to one another is fortified by strong ties to the land and how we all arrived. We live here, we grow here, we establish connections with those from near and far through networks of communication and transportation. Our many footsteps continue to pave the way to our next juncture, just as the tracks of the railroad do for the travelers, wanderers, and future acquaintances. The B&O Railroad was the first public railroad in the United States, and right here in Baltimore it began a revolution in American society’s understanding of itself as an ever increasingly interconnected continent and people. 


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