“Art is nothing new in New Bedford. What’s new, especially in visual art, is exhibiting artists with star power.”

Cait McQuaid, Boston Globe Contributor


Accepting applications through 11:59pm of November 1, 2022, request for Qualifications for public art to be exhibited in Summer 2023. Applications will only be accepted through the Slideroom platform.

DATMA is considering portfolios from artists who are interested in being commissioned to create a piece of temporary public art. New Bedford, MA will serve as a canvas for the public art piece. The winning project will be installed in June 2023 at the corner of a major downtown intersection for a minimum of four months. We invite you to apply to this incredible opportunity and help us incorporate art into the daily lives of local residents and visitors. 

The application process has 2 phases. The first phase requires portfolio images and at least one reference. In November, the jurors will select three finalist to be awarded a $1,000 stipend to develop a detailed proposal. The winner will be awarded $25,000 for the project with additional support. The artwork installation will be scheduled for viewing from June — October 2023 at the corner of Union Street and Route 18 in downtown, New Bedford.

Invited Phase 2 finalists are encouraged to to consider themes including but not limited to: housing, the Underground Railroad, and/or immigration. 

Good luck!

Juror panel includes:

  • Jasmyn Baird, New Bedford Economic Development Council Senior Creative Fellow & Seaport Artwalk Manager
  • Patrick Shearn, Creative Director & founder of Poetic Kinetics
  • Pat Coomey Thornton, DATMA’s Program Committee Chair


DATMA presents art in public spaces made by artists of all mediums – from all over the world – at all levels of their career. We accept resumes and portfolios throughout the year that are reviewed on an annual basis by our Program Committee.

Before you email us a general submission, we ask that you click around our website, review our Projects Page, and sign up for our enews so you can better understand the type of projects we produce.  We hope to hear from you via email: [email protected]

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Help DATMA create our next project!

Because we are an institute without walls, we don’t get to greet you by a door or hear your thoughts about the artwork we present. We want to hear from you! Tell us a bit about the art that inspires you. What artwork should DATMA present next? Where should art live? These are conversations we wish we could have with you if we met you at one of our projects. CLICK HERE to share your comments and ideas with DATMA’s Program Committee. Your feedback will help shape our upcoming exhibitions.

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