2020 Art on Market Kiosk Poster Series

The theme for the 2020 series is Celebrating 50 Years of Gay Pride.  

Beginning as a celebration commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, Gay Pride has been held in San Francisco every year since 1970. Market Street, in particular, has been the site of gay pride parades since 1972; as well as, the location of the candlelight vigil for Harvey Milk and George Moscone in 1978. For Celebrating 50 Years of Gay Pride, artists will have the opportunity to honor the diverse people, places, and events that makeup San Francisco’s rich queer culture. 

Archival image from the 1976/77 Pride Parade
Archival image from the 1976/77 PRIDE Parade - Courtesy San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration

Project Overview

The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the 2020 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series: Celebrating 50 Years of Gay Pride

Project Description

Every year since 1992, SFAC has commissioned new work by artists for the Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series. The Program selects three or four artists to create a new body of work that responds to a theme specific to San Francisco. Each poster series is on view for approximately three months, and consists of at least 6 unique images that are printed at 68 inches high by 47 ¼ inches wide, and installed in 18 bus kiosks on Market Street between 8th Street and the Embarcadero.

Project Budget
The total budget is $10,000 inclusive of the artist fee, poster designs, digital file preparation, and proofing. The budget does not include printing and installation which is managed and paid for by the Arts Commission. Finalists for the project will be paid an honorarium of $750 to develop their proposals.

Selection Process

  • Complete application submitted prior to the application deadline. 
  • Artwork examples submitted represent the artist’s own original creative work.
  • The artist’s work reflects artistic excellence, innovation and originality, as evidenced by professional quality of craftsmanship and mastery of skills, techniques; professional approaches to processes and presentation, and/or communicate a unique vision or perspective. 
  • The artist’s work is judged to be appropriate to the goals of the project.
  • The artist’s work reflects an ability to respond to the poster series theme.
  • The artist's professional experience is adequate to meet the demands of the project. Qualifying activities would include some combination of the following: education and training as an artist, an exhibition record in museums, commercial art galleries, and/or non-profit art spaces, previous public or private commissions; participation in artist-in-residency programs, or other related activities indicative of a professional art practice.
  • The artist is available to participate in the design, approval, and implementation of the project as required. 
  • Assessed ability to meet project deadlines and to perform work in a timely and professional manner.
  • Results of reference checks for project finalists.

Project Timeline

Application Deadline

May 14, 2019

Selection Panel 1st Meeting

Late-May 2019

Applicant notification via email

Late May 2018

Selection Panel 2nd Meeting

July 2019

Approval of selected artist by Visual Arts Committee

July 17, 2019

Approval of selected artist by Full Commission

August 5, 2019

Artist under contract

October 2019


Anticipated installation dates for each Kiosk Poster Series is as follows:

  • February–April 2020
  • May–July 2020
  • August–October 2020
  • November 2020–January 2021

How To Apply

Applications are available through SlideRoom, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed or hand-delivered will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

Application materials include:

1. Letter of Interest + Project Description 

  • 5,000 characters maximum.
  • One paragraph summary of your artistic focus and professional career, especially as your background relates to your qualifications for this project.
  • One paragraph briefly describing how you might approach the poster series theme.

2. Resume

  • 25,000 characters maximum.
  • If you are applying as a team, please include your team/studio resume. If that is not available, please combine the individual resumes (one right after the other) of each team member into one document.

3. Ten images of previous work

  • SlideRoom accepts all image file types up to 5MB. Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels
  • For team application, please indicate the lead artist for each project 
  • For more information on file sizes and types, please click here

4. Image Descriptions

  • When you upload your images, SlideRoom will prompt you to fill out image descriptions. Please include the title, medium, dimensions, and year for each work. You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work.

Check out our How to Apply to Calls for helpful tips on how to submit the most competitive application.

Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. (PDT) on the deadline date, May 14, 2019. Please contact Craig Corpora at craig.corpora@sfgov.org or 415-252-2249.

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM (PST) support@slideroom.com.


Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists who reside in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

May 07
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

May 07
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

May 07
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

May 07
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125