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Call to Artists

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Wheaton Arts Parade "Pyramids 2022"


By popular demand, WAP is bringing back public art to the streets of Wheaton. WAP will install 3 new large tetrahedrons (pyramids) around the Wheaton Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District where they will join 2 of the large pyramids created in 2020. There will be a web-based map of the locations and information about each piece of art and the artist who made it. Each of the pyramids will have 8 foot edges and will be installed around the Wheaton A&E District, from the town plaza to the Library and Recreation Center.

A regular tetrahedron is a four-sided pyramid of equilateral triangles,

once side being the base. The WAP tetrahedrons will have 8 ft edges

and will be constructed of half-inch plywood on three sides and will

be attached to a base made of two-by-fours. The plywood faces will

be primed with white acrylic paint and the edges caulked. The precise

location for each tetrahedron will be determined in consultation with

the Wheaton Urban District and local property owners. 

Call to Artists

Montgomery County, Maryland artists and residents are invited to

submit their proposals to paint or sculpt one of the 3 new “Wheaton

Arts Parade Pyramids.” Residents do not have to be a professional artist to apply. Artists may partner with other artists to create a joint work of art. The artwork must be made of waterproof material and covered with a waterproof sealant that is able to withstand the elements. WAP is especially interested in receiving proposals for artwork that represents the Wheaton area's diverse cultures.


Budget and Commission

Artists selected to create one of the 3 new pyramids will receive

a $750 commission that includes the cost of supplies.


Deadlines and Project Timetable 

April 30 - deadline for artists‘ proposals

May 7 - announce winning proposals

May 14 - deliver tetrahedrons to artists

May 15 - June 17 - artists create

June 18 - collect tetrahedrons from artists & install


Application Process

Applicants should submit a simple proposal that describes the artwork they will create including a color sketch and the kind of materials they plan to use. All artwork must be original and not subject to any copyright. Artists may reproduce images of their existing work or create a new piece. A rough estimate of the supplies needed and their approximate cost is required. Applicants are required to use the web-based application form.


Selection Criteria

The three selection criteria are creativity, site appropriateness, and durability. While artistic quality is very important, designs will be reviewed for durability, safety and appropriateness to the site. Artwork must be structurally sound and able to withstand an outdoor environment in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers.


Selection Panel

The selection panel will consist of 3 past or present artists from the WAP Gallery, the WAP Executive Director. Panelists and panelists’ family members may not apply.


Exhibition and Ownership

The exhibition will commence on June 19, 2022. The artwork will be on display until after the Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival on September 25, 2022. The commissioned artwork becomes the property of WAP and will be available for purchase. Proceeds from any sales will be shared equally between the artist and WAP. Any income that WAP may realize from the sale of tetrahedron artwork will be used to cover the costs of its annual parade and festival.


Waiver and Insurance

Participants must sign a waiver releasing WAP and its sponsors from any liability for injury or property damage while they are making their artwork. The artwork itself will not be insured for loss or damage.


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dan Thompson by email at

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