DUE MAY 13, 2019

Request for Proposals



Tinworks Art is actively soliciting proposals from artists for site-specific public art installations for a pop-up contemporary art event in Bozeman, Montana. In this unprecedented event for the city, artists have a unique opportunity to creatively utilize an abandoned industrial site that is within walking distance of Bozeman’s vibrant downtown. Our goal is to host one to five art installations that effectively utilize the site’s raw, unconventional interior and exterior spaces to create dynamic experiences that inspire gathering, dialogue, and engagement. 


Bozeman, Montana (regularly cited as one of the best small cities in the United States) has become a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, a host to an emerging tech market, and home to the largest university in the state. A gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is bustling with locals and tourists alike enjoying unique eateries, boutique shopping, music, theater, and nightlife. 

Located just north of downtown Bozeman, Tinworks Art is in a historically industrial neighborhood that has long been home to the city’s blue-collar and artist communities. The neighborhood’s current mix of industrial and residential uses gives it a unique, vibrant character that invites creativity and dynamism. Both this neighborhood and the city of Bozeman are growing quickly and the community readily embraces new experiences in the outdoors, the arts, and beyond.


Artists living in the United States or abroad are eligible to apply to Tinworks Art. Artists are encouraged to consider both the interior and exterior spaces, the history of the place, and the future use of the site in developing their proposal. Furthermore, artists should also consider how their work might inspire community engagement, be coupled with auxiliary events, and how the art might evolve over the course of the exhibition. The majority of the site is slated for demolition and development, and thus artists may propose works that require modifications to the existing spaces, so long as the structural integrity and safety of the building remains intact. 

Art proposals may be as varied as video projections, architectural interventions, sculptural installations, performance, murals, and can be as small or as large as needed. Artists are welcome to propose the use of a single space, multiple spaces, or the entire location.

Below are several potential thematic approaches; however, artists are welcome to work from their own conceptual framework as well.

  • Creation and Destruction 

  • Re-use

  • Changing Communities and Landscapes

  • A Sense of Place


  • Monday, May 13, 2019: Proposal due date

  • Monday, May 20, 2019: Notification of selected artists

  • Monday, July 1 – Thursday, July 11, 2019: Art installation

  • Friday, July 12, 2019: Exhibition Opens

  • Sunday, August 25, 2019: Exhibition Closes


Proposals with budgets up to $40,000 will be considered. Budgets must be detailed and include artist travel, lodging, liability insurance, materials, fabrication/installation costs, and shipping costs as needed. The artist fee should also be included in the budget as a line item.


Please submit a letter of interest (2000 characters max), resume, examples of previous work (images, video, and/or audio files), and a project proposal with a budget to kanderson@storymillart.org by Monday, May 13, 2019. Finalists will be notified by Monday, May 20, 2019. 

The Tinworks Art Advisory Board is comprised of Greg & Anne Avis (founders of Story Mill Art), Connie Wolf (Commissioner of the San Francisco Public Library and former Director of the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University and Director/CEO of the Contemporary Jewish Museum), Joseph Thompson (Director of MASS MoCA), Eli Ridgway (owner of Eli Ridgway | Contemporary Art), and Royce Smith (Dean of Art & Architecture School, Montana State University). Tinworks Art is a project of Story Mill Art, a Montana-based 501(c)3 nonprofit contemporary art organization.

Please email any questions to Kate Anderson at kanderson@storymillart.org.