Call to Artists: Art on the Beach 2019, Rye Beach at Playland Park Artwork Commission RFP

CALL TO ARTISTS: Art on the Beach 2019, Rye Beach at Playland Park Artwork Commission RFP


ArtsWestchester, in collaboration with Westchester County and the Westchester Parks Foundation, seeks proposals from artists or artist collectives for a temporary site-specific installation that will activate a former vendor booth on the boardwalk of Rye Beach at Playland Park. Installations can take any form (mural, sculptural, new media etc), and may leverage all architectural components of the space including walls, columns, and windows. Projects may include community engagement elements and/or interactive components. Artists should consider that the park is a family destination enjoyed by visitors from within and beyond the County. Artwork installation must be completed by July 2, 2019, and the work will be on view through summer 2019.

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, June 12, 11:59PM, EST

Honorarium:  $5,000

Eligibility:  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and live, work, or maintain a studio address in the lower Hudson Valley region of New York, including NYC (all 5 boroughs), Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan Counties.

Artist info session: Monday, June 3, 2019 @ Rye Playland, 5:30PM. 1 Playland Parkway, Rye 10580

RSVP required to

Site Images for Artists use and reference: CLICK HERE

Electronic submissions only.

BACKGROUND:  Playland Park is a treasure of American family entertainment. Opened in 1928, the County-owned amusement park is entering its ninth decade as Westchester County’s classic seaside park.  Today, more than 450,000 visitors from the greater New York area visit this nationally registered historic landmark. Playland is home to one of the last 100 wooden roller coasters in the country, and is the location of the beloved Tom Hanks film “Big.”

The public has come forward and requested that its robust program offerings of concerts, fireworks, and laser lights displays include public art installations and exhibitions. The County has identified space on the Boardwalk to be used for the first of these art installations. Art on the Beach 2019 is considered the pilot public art program for the site. Joe Stout, Executive Director, Westchester Parks Foundation stated: “The Westchester Parks Foundation believes that our parks are to be enjoyed and used by everyone. This public arts initiative is a perfect way to communicate that spirit of welcome and to add another destination at Playland for everyone to enjoy this summer.”

For historical photos, maps, and additional information about the park, please consult the Westchester County Archives:

The project goals are to enhance visitors experience and build the visibility of one of Westchester Park’s major cultural assets. Artists should submit designs that are distinctive, that consider the character and historic significance of the site.


For site images CLICK HERE

The installation will occupy a former vendor booth in the Art Deco-era south bath house building, overlooking the Rye Beach boardwalk and the Long Island Sound. The space has an eastern exposure, with two standard doorways, and two “garage door”-style vendor windows. In addition to the windows and recessed skylights, the site has overhead lighting. There is access to an outlet. Artists should consider that the space is not climate controlled, but does have some humidity control.

Installations may leverage all architectural components of the space including floors, columns, and windows.

Total square footage:  756 SF

Wall dimensions: Wall A: 14’h x 42’w 

Wall B & C: 14’h x 18’w

Walls descriptionThe longest wall and one side wall are both sheetrock with studs at 16” on center. One side wall is cinder block, painted white.

Two rows of columns are evenly space at 14’ intervals from the side walls, with 5’6” between each row. The first row of columns is 2’6” from the back wall.

Air ducts, water pipes, electrical conduit, and other functional components are visible in the space.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applications must include the following documents, or will be considered incomplete and ineligible:

  •  Artist’s current CV/artistic resume, highlighting related projects, if applicable, not to exceed 2 pages. (1 file, word doc or PDF accepted)
  •  Samples of existing work (minimum of 5 up to 10 files, jpeg, tiff, or PDF accepted)
  •  Artwork sample checklist (1 file, word doc. or PDF accepted)
  •  Renderings of proposed artwork (up to 5 files, jpeg or tiff accepted). Note: ArtsWestchester is providing site renderings/photographs, at multiple angles which artists may use in their proposal. Artists are welcome to use their own site renderings or photographs in their proposal, but are encouraged to provide at least two views of their proposed artwork.
  •  A project narrative/statement that describes the proposed work, including the applicant’s vision and inspiration for the design (1 file, word doc).
  •  Production timeline that includes installation requirements and methods (1 file, word doc. or PDF accepted)
  •  Material list (1 file, word doc. or PDF accepted)

Project Considerations:

  • One artist/design team will be selected by a panel of arts professionals. Artists may submit up to two distinct designs for consideration.  Final artwork selection is subject to approval by the Parks Foundation.
  • Artists are encouraged to consider projects that include a community engagement or interactive component.
  • Artists will be responsible for the installation/application of their artwork.
  • Playland is a registered historic landmark, enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Artwork should be appropriate for diverse audiences and families.
  • Artwork will be installed during the last week of June, prior to the July 4th weekend.
  • Artists should consider that the space is not climate controlled, but does have some humidity control.
  • The installation will be accessible to the public during the park’s open hours. The artist understands that the site is not staffed during these times, nor is the interior monitored by CCTV.
  • One million dollars ($1,000,000) of General Liability insurance and workers compensation insurance, and a Certificate of Insurance naming Westchester County and ArtsWestchester as additional insureds shall be provided before starting work.
  • The commission contract may include the right for ArtsWestchester and the Parks Foundation to license the final artwork design on one commercial item to be sold at Rye Playland and ArtsWestchester
  • Artists will be responsible for de-installation in fall 2019.


A selection panel of arts professionals will review all eligible artist submissions. Final artwork selection is subject to approval by the Parks Foundation.

Submissions will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence and originality as evidenced by proposal documents and other supporting materials.
  • Appropriateness of the proposal as it relates to the project goals and setting.

Electronic submissions only.  For all application-related questions, contact: Logan Hanley, ArtsWestchester

Timeline & Project Schedule

Site Visit  Monday, June 3, 5:30PM

Notice of Selection June 17, 2019

Installation  Week of June 24, completed by July 2

De-Installation Fall 2019