Art on theMART seeks local and international artists to create an art work to be projected as part of the Art on theMART, an innovative public digital art platform. 

Qualified applicants are:

  • Able to demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for new media. 

  • Able to demonstrate a proven history of multimedia projects or similar work. 

  • Able to meet deadlines and manifest complex art and design projects with many collaborators and stakeholders

  • Individuals or teams. 

The selected work:

  • Is an approximately 5-10 minute digital piece to be projected directly, or a set of approximately 6 still images (potentially treated through theMART's proprietary software) that can be show repeatedly in the context of Art on theMART. 

  • Demonstrates attention to the specificity of theMART's façade and the surrounding natural and built environment of Chicago. 

  • Will have broad public appeal. 

  • Expresses the potential of the platform. 

  • Has content appropriate for all audiences.

  • Does not have incendiary content. 

  • Does not include branding, sponsorship credits, or messaging. 


  • The Technology: The projection system includes 34 Christie Digital 4K30 Boxer projectors mounted above the Riverwalk, just east of the bridge tower at the intersection of Franklin and Wacker. 

    • Total Channels of Video: 3

    • Working Resolution: 6000 x 2584

    • Total number of projectors (active): 34

    • Estimated projected area: 115,000 sq ft.; 2.6 acres

    • Delivered Format Expectations:

      • Resolution: 6000 x 2584

      • Codec: HAPQ

      • Container: .mp4

      • Frame rate: 30fps

      • Audio: embedded

      • Mono 16 bit 44.1kh

  • Types of work: Video and other moving image works may be projected directly on the the façade. Additionally, moving and still images, such as paintings, photos and other 2-D works may be ingested into theMART's proprietary software system and artists may collaborate to animate and otherwise alter the images. 

  • Remember the windows: the windows of the façade are "subbed out," so that projected light does not enter the interior of theMART. therefore, the façade of theMART cannot be considered as a flat screen. 

  • Legibility: Large blocks of solid colors in high contrast are more legible than detailed images with low contrast palettes. Animated designs work very well and live footage also works if careful attention is given to the amount of detail and color contrasts. The same principles apply to still images. 

  • Fit content to the building and leverage the building geometry: the projection coverage area is more than the rectangle of the façade, but rather extends vertically up the three towers of the building, resulting in an interesting geometry. The entire projection surface area does not have to be used but it is encouraged. 

  • Audio Capabilities: If no audio files are provided to accompany the work, the audio can be accessed through the Art on theMART website. Audio is not required. 

  • The building features LED lights at the crown that can be coordinated to accompany projections. 

  • The system does not currently support live data feed. 

Additional guidelines and templates will be provided to qualified candidates in the RFP.