ArtPop is a 501c3 organization that gives communities across the country greater access to art, by supporting the artists that create it.
We do that by promoting their work on available media space — on billboards, on the sides of buses, across news racks, in airport terminals — which we secure through the generous donations of media companies across the country. ArtPop operates in 14 cities, and since 2013, we have displayed the work of more than 200 artists in our street galleries from Charlotte to Las Vegas.
Who should apply for ArtPop? This program is open to individual artists from any discipline who are 18 years or older and interested in growing their careers as artists. ArtPop is not meant for "groups" or causes. If you have been chosen for ArtPop previously, you cannot reapply for 3 years as we want to promote as many different artists as possible. You must live in the city in which the call for artists is posted.
How are artists selected? After a call for entry closes, the artists’ work is juried and voted on. Unfortunately we can’t accept everyone as space is limited. So if you are not chosen for the program the year you apply, we encourage you to apply again.Should your work be chosen, you need to be able to supply a 300 dpi high res image for printing purposes. No exceptions.
How do I submit my work? First, please read all directions in the call for your city’s program. You will need to crop your work or design your art to fit the given display dimensions. If you do not send it sized correctly, your submission will be rejected automatically. If you are not familiar with advertising design specs, seek out a former ArtPop artist or hire a photographer or graphic designer who understands the specs so your submission looks great. We recommend the paid services of Melody Roberts (Melody@outofhomecreative.com).
If I’m selected, where will my work appear? There are no guarantees on location. Your printed artwork could be anywhere in the participating media market coverage area for any length of time. You will know exactly where your work will appear the week it installs.
Is there any cost to artists? We pride ourselves on providing this program at limited to no cost to artists. Through the generous donations of our partner organizations, we are able to secure the media space for free. Donors and sponsors cover the cost of production to prepare the chosen work for large-scale display. Some cities charge artists an entry fee to submit their work, but that fee is minimal.
If you're inspired to make a charitable donation, visit crowdrise.com/artpopstreetgallery or make checks payable to ArtPop and mail to P.O. Box 5322 Charlotte, NC 28299.