Artist Selection Process
All professional artists in the U.S. who have been involved in
public art, public art-in-transit, the visual arts, as well as
professional artists new to public art are encouraged to submit their
credentials for future Call to Artists and/or Artist Teams. When a Call
to Artists is initiated in the future, it will be posted in CAFÉ www.callforentry.org
. Professional artists registered in the Art-in-Transit Email Database
at that time will be notified by email. Calls are open for approximately six to eight weeks. CAFÉ is free to artists.
Artists who wish to be considered for future projects and have not
previously registered their email and mailing address, please send both
and ask to be added to CATS Art-in-Transit Artists Email Database.
To ensure meaningful community involvement in the Art-in-Transit
Program, CATS invites members of project communities to participate in
the artist selection process.
Neighborhood representatives, business owners, planners, historic
society representatives, transit-users and supporters work with the art
panelists, station architects, engineers, lead artists on the design
team, urban planners, and CATS staff to compile information about the
project architecture, neighborhood, demographics, history, and users to
assist panelists in choosing artists. Artists use the information to
create art relevant to the design and project community.
The Art-in-Transit Advisory Committee recommends art professionals to
serve on artist selection panels. It is the responsibility of these
panelists to select artists capable of creating high-quality public art
appropriate to each project.
Art panelists include artists, museum professionals, designers, art
educators, public art administrators, conservators, and other art
professionals with a broad understanding of contemporary art and the
contributions artists can make to an art-in-transit program.
In keeping with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidelines to
incorporate art into mass transit, CATS subscribes to the following
criteria when artists are involved in planning and designing of transit
art projects and/or when artists are commissioned to create works of
Art-in-Transit Advisory Committee
- Quality of art or design
- Impact on transit users or other public audiences
- Connection to site and/or adjacent community: art that relates,
in form or substance to the cultures, people, natural and built
surroundings, or history of the area in which the project is located
- Appropriateness for site, including safety and scale
- Durability and resistance to vandalism
- Minimal maintenance requirements
The seven-member committee of art professionals is appointed by CATS'
CEO to guide and oversee the Art-in-Transit Program. The advisory
committee meets quarterly, or as needed, to advise on commissioning
public art, recommending art selection panelists, reviewing artists'
proposals, art plans and budgets, ensuring community involvement, public
education, and program promotion to keep the community informed.
Members serve for three-year terms, and are nominated by regional and
national art professionals knowledgeable about public art.
Current committee members:
Nancy M. Doll, Greensboro, NC – Director, Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Linda Johnson Dougherty, Raleigh NC – Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art, NC Museum of Art
Carrie L. Gault, RA, Charlotte, NC – Principal, Happy Box Architecture PLLC
Hasaan Kirkland, Charlotte, NC – Associate Professor of Fine Art, Johnson C. Smith University
Annabel Manning, Charlotte, NC - New Media Artist
Cheryl A. Palmer, Charlotte, NC – Director of Education, The Mint Museum
Wim Roefs, Columbia, SC – Board Chair, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC