Since its establishment in 1989, Metro’s art department has worked to enrich transit environments with artwork, and has commissioned more than 300 artists to produce a variety of projects.

This year the Metro art program is offering new opportunities for Phase 2 of the Metro Expo Line, which extends 6.6 miles, from Culver City to Santa Monica. Artists can apply for two categories: the two-dimensional and the ionic sculpture.

The two-dimensional opportunity is open to all California-based artists with an interest in public art. Prior professional experience is not required. One artist will be selected for each station, excluding the Santa Monica station, making it a total of seven commissioned artists needed for this project. Each individual will be responsible for creating original artwork that can be reproduced in glass mosaic, ceramic mosaic and porcelain tile. However, previous experience with this material is not required. The budget for the project ranges from approximately $130,000 to $230,000 per station. Interested artists must apply by 5 p.m. July 2 by submitting a statement of interest, current resume, 12 images, an annotated image list, and three references to METRO Creative Services, Mail Stop 99-19-4 One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012- 2952. ATTN: Metro Expo Line Phase 2 Artist Qualifications.

The ionic sculpture opportunity is open to experienced, professional artists who have completed at least three large-scale, outdoor public art projects. The artists or team of artists selected for this project will create an ionic sculpture at the terminus station at Colorado Boulevard and Fourth Street in Santa Monica. The budget for this design is $500,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. July 9 by submitting a statement of interest, current resume, 12 images, an annotated image list, and three references to METRO Creative Services, Mail Stop 99-19-4 One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012- 2952. ATTN: Metro Expo Line Iconic Sculpture.

Phase 2 of the Expo metro rail is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The winning artists’ work will be viewable after that time.

For further information about either category, visit metro.net/art.