Artist Opportunity : ARCH Project

Monument Lab is excited to announce an artist opportunity through the ARCH Project (Art Remediating Campus Histories) – a multi-year collaboration with the students, staff, faculty and alums of Bryn Mawr College to commission a lasting campus artwork. The goal: to respond to the legacy of exclusionary practices at the College. Informed by a year of engaged research led by Monument Lab on campus, this vital work builds upon ongoing grassroots and College-supported efforts to reveal and repair harm, ensuring a reckoning with Bryn Mawr College’s history and a clear-sighted look at the way to a future of inclusion and reconciliation. 

On behalf of the College, Monument Lab and a circle of campus collaborators have extended an open call to artists to propose a lasting campus public artwork in response to the question, What stories are missing from Bryn Mawr College? Interested artists are invited to submit a statement of interest along with work samples and a C.V. through an online form, due November 8, 2022. Upon receipt of artist submissions, the project’s Artist Advisory Committee will recommend 5 artists. These finalists will be invited to campus for optional site visits and asked to submit a final proposal. Finalists are compensated $4,000 for this proposal stage.  

The budget for the final selected project is $560,000 with an artist fee of $112,000.

In late March 2023, artists will be invited to share their proposals with the College community publicly through in-person presentations. Informed by community feedback, the Artist Advisory Committee’s decision-making process will result in final recommendations that will be delivered to the College’s Board of Trustees. Based on the Committee’s recommendations, the Board will make a final decision by late April 2023.

To learn more, review the Monument Lab artist webinar and download the ARCH Project Artist Dossier.  


Key Dates for the ARCH Project

- October 6, 2022 : Launch of Open Call for Artist Ideas
- October 27, 2022: Informational Artist Webinar
- November 8, 2022 : Close of Open Call for Artist Ideas
- December 5, 2022 : Five Semi-Finalists Notified
- February 2023 : Site visits for Semi-Finalists
- March 3, 2023 : Semi-Finalist Proposals Due
- March 30, 2023 : Semi-Finalist Presentations
- May 2023 : Public Announcement of Final Artist

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Monument Lab

Monument Lab is an independent public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. Founded by Paul Farber and Ken Lum, Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Monument Lab cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments.