2024 Photonics Center Call for Art Submissions

Photonics Center Exhibition

Deadline: Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM, June 30, 2024.

Boston University Photonics Center and the BU Arts Initiative invite visual artists in all media to submit proposals for the Photonics Center Art collection, to be displayed in prominent, heavily trafficked locations throughout the building.

The Photonics Center building, located in the heart of the Boston University Campus, houses lab spaces, lecture halls, event spaces, the Business Innovation Center, and two major research departments-The Photonics Center and the Department for Electronic and Computer Engineering.  Here BU students, faculty, and private businesses conduct basic research and develop innovative technology. Advanced training in the fields of optics, photonics, materials science, computing, engineering, electronics, and others offered here, sets the Photonics Center as one of the flagship research institutions at BU.

Proposals will be considered from visual artists in all media to create displayed artwork that is thematically consistent with the building’s purpose and sensitive to the diverse populations who work, study, and research here.

We invite local alumni, faculty, staff, and students to enter artwork into this juried exhibition. Works including, but not limited to, painting, textiles, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design, are welcome. Work that explores themes of light, science, photonics, and other thematically consistent areas will be especially considered though artists should not feel limited to a particular theme. Examples of current works on display can be found here: https://www.bu.edu/photonics/newsevents/photonics-center-art/


If selected, artists will receive a prize of $2000.


  • Please fill out the following submission form below.
  • Artists must agree to have contact information published on Photonics Center website.
  • Artists must be affiliated with BU as a student, staff, faculty, or alumni.
  • Selected pieces must be framed and include hanging wire or be otherwise prepared for public display.