Arts in Transit is a non-profit subsidiary of Metro St. Louis transit and facilitates public art programs and community engagement projects in the St. Louis metro area. Each year, Arts in Transit invites local artists to submit their work to two contests: MetroLines (poetry) and MetroScapes (visual art).



**Artists, for the complete project description and instructions, please refer to the Cortex MetroLink Station Artwork Request for Qualifications that was emailed to you.**

Metro, the transit agency for the St. Louis region, through its Arts in Transit program, is seeking an artist to develop an artwork for the new Cortex MetroLink Station. The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods, surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets. 

The ideal artwork would address the visitor experience of arriving by MetroLink, exiting to the adjacent plaza, and entering the Cortex complex and Chouteau Greenway. The artwork would be a landmark element greeting transit arrivals to this exciting venue.

Please Note: Arts in Transit is only requesting qualifications at this stage, not proposals. 

Artist Submission Guidelines

Please include the following in your submission:

  • Cover Letter - Briefly discuss how you would approach the development of a design for the artwork and why you believe you are qualified to be chosen for the project.  Please include a short biographical statement and indicate your availability within the next 12 months to undertake this project.  You may include links to a maximum of three published reviews/articles about your work.
  • Resume – (maximum two pages) Artist resume.
  • Images – Include up to ten digital images of past work.
  • Image List – List the title of each submitted work and include the following: date the work was completed, medium of work, budget, location of the work, and short description of the artwork.

Do not send any materials not specifically requested as part of this application, as they will not be considered or reviewed by Arts in Transit.

Review Criteria

The evaluation criteria are listed in order of importance. Proposers should address each item.

  • Aesthetic quality of previously completed projects or commissions presented by artist applicants (images and annotated image list).
  • Appropriateness of previously completed projects presented by applicants to their sites, including safety and scale (images and annotated image list). 
  • General durability and suitability of materials, resistance to vandalism and minimum of maintenance requirements (annotated image list).
  • Feasibility and suitability of artist(s) work to a public environment (annotated image list).
  • Availability through the duration of the project (cover letter).