The LA Billboard Art Project.
Once a year TBC produces an open-submission billboard show: The LA Billboard Art Project. Its open internationally to emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines. Every year we invite a major artist such as Ed Ruscha (2015) and Paul McCarthy (2016) to participate in order to provide additional attention and support. The show has been covered in the “Huffington Post”, “NPR”, LATimes just to name a few outlets. For more information or to learn how you can submit work for consideration please click here.
Once a year TBC opens submissions to its annual LA Billboard Art Project. We lease billboards for a month-long outdoor art show. The show has been covered on “NPR”, “Huffington Post”, “LATimes”, check out the press page for a full list of press. In 2016 we put up 48 billboards on some of the most important streets in Los Angeles. A guest curator determines the work from each submission period. The number of billboards to be included from each call will vary depending on the number of submissions received, the availability of viable billboard locations and available billboards. By viable we mean those that exist in well-traveled (car and foot traffic) locations. And, billboard availability is fairly random. Our website will have images of the selected work, the artists’ names and links to their websites.
Please look at the gallery section for examples of past shows.
Q: When do I find out if I have been selected?
We take selecting the work very seriously. The process usually takes a few months after the submission deadline. All entrants will receive and email notifications when selections have been made and this information will also be posted on the TBC website.
Q: Does the art have to be the same aspect ratio of the billboard?
NO. Please be assured that your piece doesn't need to fit perfectly on a billboard when you submit your images. There are a lot of ways to work around the different sizes.
Q: Will it help me if my work fits on a billboard?
NO: Artwork is not chosen because of how perfectly it fits on a billboard. We deal with two major vendors that have completely different requirements and different billboard sizes and formats. Because of this, it's difficult to give out specific sizes and ratios until a few weeks before the show goes up. However, because many people have asked for this information during the submission process, so below are the most common sizes of billboards from past TBC shows.
Q: What size billboards do you lease?
Every billboard company has multiple sizes of boards each with its own name. TBC refers to all sizes 10 feet x 22 feet and above as billboards, and works exclusively in these larger size formats. Examples below.
Q: What are the submission fees used for and if I don't get accepted can I get a refund?
We are an all-volunteer organization - the fees, along with donations, go to rent the billboards and help cover the cost of organizing and staging the billboard show. There are no refunds.
Q: I noticed that you have well-established artists in each show. Why?
We ask well-established artists to give back a little to the community by headlining the exhibition. This is a significant factor in helping TBC achieve its goals to helping emerging artists reach broad audiences and receive attention for their work. This has been amazingly successful in 2015 we had articles appear in 38 different press outlets.
If you are a selected artist we will contact you about reformatting your file to fit on the specific billboard.
We get a lot of people asking about billboard sizes so they can create or convert specific piece for submission.
First, please be assured that your piece doesn't need to fit perfectly on a billboard when you submit your images. There are a lot of ways to work around the different sizes.
Second, Artwork isn't chosen because of how perfectly it fits on a billboard. We deal with two major vendors that have completely different requirements, and have different billboard sizes and formats. Because of this, it's really hard to give out specific sizes and ratios until a few weeks before the show goes up. However, a lot of people have asked for this information during the submission process, so below are the most common sizes we've gotten in the past.
Lastly, do keep in mind that every billboard company has different names for its different sizes. TBC refers to all sizes 10'x22' and above as billboards, and works exclusively in these larger size formats.
We look forward to your submissions.