Rockaway Village Public Art Commission  

Rockaway Village Location Map

Rockaway Village Location Map

On behalf of Phipps Houses, Queens Council on the Arts seeks artist proposals to create a work of public art for a public plaza to be built as part of a large affordable housing community in Downtown Far Rockaway, Queens by Phipps Houses. The selected applicant will receive a $100,000 public art commission.

Phipps Houses is the nation's oldest and one of its largest not-for-profit developer/owners and managers of affordable housing. Its mission is to create and sustain enduring communities through housing development, attentive property management, and residential- and community-based human services in New York City neighborhoods.


The Site and Project

The project site, located within the Downtown Far Rockaway community, will be developed with 1,700 units of affordable housing. Rockaway Village will transform the now largely vacant 9 acre site bound by Mott Avenue to the south, Redfern to the west, Nameoke Avenue to the north and Central Avenue to the east.  The site is located directly across from the A train terminus (Far Rockaway Mott Ave. Station) to the west and the terminus of the LIRR Far Rockaway branch to the north.  Mott and Central Avenues are active commercial streets.

Rockaway Village will be a mixed use development, complete with rental apartments, stores, and community facilities; it will be built in three phases. The architect is Marvel Architects.  The first phase will be comprised of three buildings and 700 apartments, the “Village Plaza”, and a pedestrian way – a “Village Lane” – through the spine of the development. The project is being financed by a mix of private and public funding sources.

The Plaza

A critical component of the Rockaway Village development will be the Village Plaza, named the Stark Family Plaza, a 23,000 square foot public area at the Mott Street entrance of the development. It will provide much needed public open space and widened sidewalks along the area’s most heavily used arterial street, Mott Avenue.  The plaza will also link to new streetscapes which will lead pedestrians along Village Lane toward the Long Island Railroad on the north end of the site. The Stark Family Plaza will be a significant community resource and an integral design feature in the new development.  There will be residential and retail entrances on the Stark Family Plaza and the Village Lane.  The plaza design, through attractive plantings, seating, lighting and circulation paths, is intended to invite pedestrians into the space.

Attached is a schematic of the community illustrating the three phases of the development and the plaza design concept.

the award

This is a $100,000 public art commission. This award includes the following:  

  • An artist’s fee

  • Fabrication services

  • Delivery and installation coordination

Selection Process and Timeline

Queens Council on the Arts has been engaged by Phipps Houses to assist in identifying professional artists who may be interested in creating the public art for this new community and to assist in the artist selection process.  The artwork chosen for the site will need to be durable and suitable for an outdoor space in a highly trafficked area; it is desirable for the work to provide a special identity to the gateway to this community.


The following artists are eligible to apply to this opportunity: 

  • Artists who work in, live in, or have a significant connection to Queens are eligible

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Must be a New York City resident

submission process

Please note that in addition to basic information, you are asked to submit a bio; an artist statement (a brief description of your artistic approach; and images of prior work that demonstrate your experience. The past work should illustrate artistic ability and craftsmanship. Previous public commission work is not a requirement.  

Queens Council on the Arts will review all submissions and shortlist a large group of artists for an Advisory Panel to review. The Panel will then meet and recommend up to five finalists to submit proposals for the site. Finalists will be paid $500 each to create a proposal. The winning artist will receive the commission in lieu of the proposal fee.  The Advisory Panel will be comprised of representatives of the community, Phipps Houses, Marvel Architects, and persons knowledgeable in the arts.

The Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art is able to provide technical assistance, in particular for fabrication and installation, to artists chosen to submit proposals for the site.

The artists’ proposals for the site will be reviewed by the Panel, the recommendations of which will guide Phipps’ selection of the artist to be awarded the commission and create the work for the Plaza.


August 16 – September 23, 2018

September 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM

  • Deadline for artists to submit proposals

October 1 – October 5, 2018

  • Applications are reviewed by Queens Council on the Arts.

Mid October, 2018                   

  • First Advisory Panel Meeting: The Queens Council on the Arts will assist the Advisory Panel in its review of artist submissions.

  • Up to five artists will be selected and invited to submit a proposal for the site. Selected artists will be notified shortly thereafter; selected artists will be given until December 11 to develop their proposals and prepare for an interview by the panel. Artists will be expected to consult with Marvel Architects in developing their proposals and may consult with DCA Percent for Art staff for technical assistance. DCA staff will tailor its assistance to the needs of the selected finalists

  • Once the finalists are selected, there will be an Artist Orientation session and site visit to provide all available project information to the finalists so it may inform their proposals

December 11, 2018              

  • Second Panel Meeting: The five selected artists will present their proposals and accompanying material to the Advisory Panel. An artist is preliminarily selected and given time to finalize design, in consultation with Marvel Architects and the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program

March 1, 2019                       

  • Artist is awarded contract to fabricate work. Artist will be required to generate an execution plan, provide updates to and coordinate with Marvel Architects on a scheduled periodic basis until artwork is complete


  • Artist must be prepared to deliver completed artwork sometime in 2020, the specific date to be determined by Marvel Architects once construction has started on the project and a completion schedule is in hand.

Spring 2021                          

  • Completion of Phase 1 construction

Note: Artist will be responsible for delivering the artwork to the site and working with Marvel Architects to coordinate installation logistics and adhere to plaza construction timeline.

For more information, please see:

- Rockaway Village Location map
- Rockaway Plaza Rendering
- Plaza Conceptual Plan
- Stark Family Plaza

all applications ARE CLOSED

Please note you will need to log into or create an account to access the submittable portal. It does not cost anything to create an account.

Questions? Email Public Art Commission Coordinator, Sergio Pardo Lopez at