Open Call for Artist Banners

Submissions Deadline: September 24, 2021
Exterior of Noguchi Museum with three vertical noguchi logo banners on black backgrounds

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Isamu Noguchi


The recently escalating and continued violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States has been particularly devastating for The Noguchi Museum’s staff, visitors, and stakeholders. As an institution founded by Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi, The Noguchi Museum stands in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. With the purpose of raising awareness and amplifying creative voices in our local AAPI community, the Museum invites emerging AAPI artists based in Queens to submit designs for the Museum’s outdoor banners to advocate for anti-racism. Artists must self-identify as AAPI, and reside in or have a studio in Queens. Artists must be 18 and older, and students, full- or part-time, currently enrolled at the time of application for any degree or certificate granting programs may not apply.

The Noguchi Museum and two partnered local organizations—Queens Council on the Arts and Asian American Arts Alliance—will create a jury to select banner designs from three artists. The jury will include one representative from each partner organization as well as the organizing committee at The Noguchi Museum, a cross-departmental group of intergenerational staff volunteers. The Long Island City Partnership has also partnered to help distribute the open call.

The winning artist will have their design installed outside of the Museum from Fall 2021 through Spring 2022, and will receive an honorarium of $1000. The two runners-up will each receive an honorarium of $500. All three artists will be featured on the Museum’s website and social media, and will be invited to be interviewed along with a virtual studio visit.

To Apply

Design specifications are listed below. Proposals should include designs for all three banners. To apply, please submit a proposal in a single PDF that includes your design, a CV, and a one-paragraph artist statement that describes how your design addresses anti-racism.

Please send all application materials to with the subject line ‘Artist Banners at The Noguchi Museum.’

Deadline for submissions: Friday, September 24, 2021

Banner Design Specifications

Noguchi Banner Design Specifications


Designs for Three Banners
Proposals should include designs for all three banners.
As the banners are double-sided, artists may submit up to 5 designs.
One banner will include the “Noguchi” logo on one side (see diagram).

Artwork Size
42 inches wide x 122 inches tall

Allow 2 inches top and bottom for hems; wind vents at sides (see diagram)

Final Artwork Preparation
Vector art is preferred (ideally as an .ai or .pdf file, though .eps, .jpg, .psd are also acceptable formats).
Any raster art must be at least 150 dpi (minimum) at 100% scale.
Color profile should be CMYK.

Download Banner Diagram (PDF)

Location of Banners: The Noguchi Museum, 32-37 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, New York
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) only?

As an institution founded by Isamu Noguchi, an Asian American artist, we strongly feel the need to offer focused attention to local AAPI artists in response to the recent increase in hate crimes and ongoing violence against the AAPI community since the beginning of the pandemic. Our current project is designed to provide a dedicated space that will amplify the voices of local AAPI creatives, giving them an opportunity to be seen and heard at this difficult time.

Why Queens-based artists only?

As an institution based in Queens, NY, we wanted to offer priority to the local AAPI community of artists and designers. We also felt the need to spotlight the vibrant community of artists in Queens, who can benefit from the support and recognition of local institutions around them.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to enter?

No, you do not need to be a United States citizen to enter or be eligible for any awards or honorariums granted to finalists.

Who is represented by the term Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI)?

In accordance with the definition provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs:

“A person with origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. This area includes, for example, China, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Republic, and Samoa; and on the Indian Subcontinent, includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan.”

What do you mean by “self-identify”?

We acknowledge that race, ethnicity, and nationality are constructs that vary from person to person. In efforts to make this open call as inclusive as possible within the frameworks of the AAPI community, we are accepting applications from individuals who ethnically and racially identify with the definition of AAPI mentioned above.