Call for Artists - Essex Gateway Sculpture Artwork

Any and all Maryland artists are invited to submit work for the new Essex Gateway Sculpture, a public outdoor display featured at the entrance to the new Essex Gateway Park. This sculpture will be viewed by over 30,000 people who drive through Essex daily, and it will be the centerpiece to the new public space. The chosen work will be displayed in the four panels of the sculpture. All works submitted will be exhibited in a curated show and press event at the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River.

DESCRIPTION: The work will be four panels set as a four-sided column. The panels will consist of translucent UV resistant LEXAN and will be backlit in the evenings and at night. Applicants must keep in mind the properties of the final installation and be mindful of the light elements. The themes of the work can reflect Maryland as a whole, Maryland water life, Maryland watershed and Chesapeake Bay revival, and a focus on past and future of Essex, [attractions, industry, water culture]. For further information on Essex, please contact the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River email: or visit (Guided tour times may vary due to COVID-19). You also may want to visit the Essex Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.

DEADLINE: August 9th, 2021

SIZE: The final product will be 20-25’ by 5’ vertical. Each concept must be formatted to fit these dimensions once scaled.

APPLICATIONS: Mail applications to: Essex Gateway Sculpture, c/o Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, 405 Williams Court, Suite 108, Middle River, MD 21220. Though we would prefer physical copies to be sent in, we can accept digital works ( All formats will be accepted. Included in the application and sent work should be an artist bio and artist statement alongside the applicant's name and address.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Only artists native to or based in Maryland may apply; however, there are no other limiting factors, all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome. Subject matter and representation or reflection of Essex is paramount, but the five main considerations are creativity, thematic appropriateness, use of color and space, readability, and clarity of design. Selection will be performed by a juried panel sourced from across Maryland.

HONORARIUM: $1,200 will be awarded across winning selections, and all participants will be honored in a curated show installed at the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River.


Q. Will there be one panel repeated on the other three sides or will the sculpture feature different artwork on each side? 

A. Different art on each side.

Q. Can I also email an electronic version of my artwork to better show the true colors?

A. Yes. We asked for a printed version of your packet to be mailed to make it easier for our judging panel to assemble the all entries for review. However, we understand that may be a difference in color accuracy between the print and digital versions.

Q. Is there a particular color systems guide we should use, i.e. PMS, CMYK, RGB, HEX?

A. No, any of those are fine.

Q. We are having issues with our mail, and I am concerned that it may not reach you by the deadline. Is it okay to simply email it to you?

A. We will accept all mailed entries which are postmarked by August 9, regardless of when they are received at the Chamber. If you are close to the deadline, we recommend that you also send the information via email.

Q. Will the final art be cut into pieces like stained glass or printed on sheets?

A. The final art will be printed on acrylic, so that it is more durable and will show more image detail.

Q. What is meant by artist statement?

A. The artist statement is an introduction and description of what is represented by the art, the artist's thought process and goal of the image(s) presented. It helps the audience understand the artist.

Q. How much should be included in the bio?

A. At a minimum, include art education and experience. Additional pertinent information is welcome.

Q. Do I need to make the panels?

A. No, we will handle that part. We just need your artwork.

Q. Do I need to recommend lighting for the artwork?

A. No, we will take care of the lighting.

Contact Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce for further information –, 443-317-8763.

This project made possible through a grant from Baltimore County.

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Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce

415 Williams Court, Suite 102

Baltimore, Maryland 21220


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