Call for Entry: TRINITY METRO is seeking to commission eight (8) local artists to create original, site-specific, two-dimensional artworks for TEXRail Stations (Texas)

TEXRail Station Art Program Call to North Texas Artist-Public Art Opportunity

Entry Deadline: 1/7/19


Media Images: 10 

TEXRail is a new 27-mile commuter rail line that will extend from downtown Fort Worth, across northeast Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and into DFW International Airport’s Terminal B. This line, which will begin service in early 2019, is projected to serve more than 8,000 daily riders at nine stations by the end of the first year of operation. By 2035, nearly 14,000 riders are projected to ride the system.  For a location map of the TEXRail Stations visit:


TRINITY METRO recognizes that the integration of art into TEXRail Stations is an important component of the new rail line and an opportunity to reflect the communities it serves.  To this end TRINITY METRO has established the following objectives:


•          Enhance design through public involvement in art

•          Provide a unique identity for each station

•          Reduce vandalism through a sense of community “ownership”

•          Integrate art as an important component of public transit


In order to achieve these objectives, TRINITY METRO has established the TEXRail Station Art Program. To assist with the program TRINITY METRO will appoint Focus Groups, comprised of community leaders, neighborhood representatives, and business owners from the area surrounding each pair of stations. 


The role of the Focus Groups will be to assist TRINITY METRO by providing valuable input during the artist selection process and by orienting artist/finalists to the neighborhood culture, history, and architectural context, to inform their site-specific conceptual designs.  Each Focus Group, along with area arts professionals, will be involved in the artist selection process facilitated by the Arts Council of Fort Worth. 


Artwork Opportunities:

TRINITY METRO is seeking to commission eight (8) local artists to create original, site-specific, two-dimensional artworks for eight (8) TEXRail Stations.  Each selected artist will be assigned to a specific station for which to create their work.


Station Locations:

Downtown Fort Worth (2): Texas & Pacific Terminal (T&P) and Intermodel Transportation Center (ITC)

North Fort Worth (2): NE 28th Street and Mercantile at Beach Street

North Richland Hills (2): Ironhorse and Smithfield

Grapevine (2): Main Street and DFW North


Selected artists will be responsible for furnishing high-resolution digital files of the artwork to TRINITY METRO who will be responsible for having the images reproduced as print graphics and integrated into polymer resin windscreens.  Each station, will have six (6) to sixteen (16) windscreens depending on the station size.  Each windscreen panel will measure 3’- 0” in width x 4’-8” in height.


Artist/Finalist Compensation: $1,500 per finalist for conceptual design development and presentation

Selected Artist Compensation: Ranging from $3,240 - $8,640 (based on scope of work/station size) for high-resolution digital files of the artwork



Open: To North Texas-based artists at least 18 years of age (see details in Legal Agreement)

Media: Any Two-Dimensional Media

Images: Ten required

Application submissions for the TEXRail Station Art Program will be available to artists through CAFÉ (  Submissions must include a brief artist statement, resume, three professional references, and ten (10) images of completed two-dimensional artwork.  

Artist Information Meeting

Interested artists are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting that will include detailed project and online submittal information on Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m., at TRINITY METRO’s Intermodal Transportation Center, 2nd Floor Board Room 1001 Jones Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.


If you have questions about the artist eligibility, submittal requirements or the selection process, please email Sam Brown (please put TEXRail in the subject line).  If you have questions about using CAFÉ, please (888) - 562-7232.