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MTA Arts & Design

Arts & Design commissions public art that is seen by hundreds of thousands of city-dwellers, commuters and national and international visitors who TRAVEL BY New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road, and Bridges & Tunnels.

As the MTA rehabilitates subway and commuter rail stations through its Capital Program, it uses a portion of the funds to commission permanent works of art. Arts & Design's projects create links to neighborhoods with art that echoes the architectural history and design context of the individual stations. Both well-established and emerging artists add to a growing collection of works created in the materials of the system -mosaic, ceramic tile, bronze, steel and glass. The art can be seen in the miles of walls within the system and in the gates, windscreens, plazas and the architecture.

Arts & Design works closely with the architects and engineers at MTA NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad to determine the parameters and sites for the artwork that is to be incorporated into each station or facility scheduled for work. Artists are chosen through a competitive process that uses selection panels comprised of visual arts professionals and community representatives which review and select artists. Depending upon the project, artists may be considered through an Open Call or an Invitational process. Arts & Design managers research artists' slide registries and constantly conduct research to identify artists to be considered.

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