Exploration: Large Scale Art Reproduction for Showplace Arena


This call is open to all artists in the District/Maryland/Virginia Area who are 18 years of age or older.


The Show Place Arena & Equestrian Center is located at 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. The Show Place Arena is a 5,800-seat multi-purpose arena, which is used for sporting events, concerts, boxing and professional wrestling events, consumer shows, trade shows, religious services, graduations and other events.


There are four, large 18’ long walls along the western concourse which have the Walker Display System installed. Because of the overall monumental scale of the Arena’s concourse walls, it makes sense to provide large scale works to compliment the building. This is traditionally a rental facility where average event attendance may range from 3500 to 5000 people and the concourse can become extremely congested with people leaning or being pressed up against the walls. Many rentals typically have used the concourse for vendor booths and food service areas. The risk of damage to original artwork is potentially elevated, regardless of safety measures put in place, and it is important to minimize this risk while allowing the normal event setup requirements to take place.


As has been implemented at local airports and other large-scale locations, we are seeking artists to submit 2D work samples that would be re-printed to around a 4 x 6 feet reproduction. No original artwork will be displayed at the Show Place Arena, rather a large full color print of the piece will be displayed for a yearly rotation. The printing costs for the artwork production will be covered by M-NCPPC.

We are seeking works that could benefit from being re-sized at a large scale without being affected by pixilation or textures. Smaller works may not be suitable.


All proposals must be submitted online at m-ncppc.submittable.com. No other forms of application will be accepted. All proposals for art must be family friendly in nature and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.

All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the artist applicant
  • A brief artist statement, 100-200 words total
  • Up to 4 image samples of a cohesive body of work, 2-Dimensional media only
  • An image list including titles, media, size, and year created for all artworks in the proposal


Proposal review will be led by M-NCPPC/ACHD employees and may include ad hoc community advisers. Selected artwork proposals will be scheduled according to space and time availability with a goal of presenting diverse forms of artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.


Reviewing of proposals and scheduling of exhibitions will proceed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Artists will receive notification of selected proposals as exhibition dates become available. Artists selected will receive an honorarium of $100 for usage rights for the exhibition time and must register, if they have not already done so, in the M-NCPPC vendor system to receive payment.

If selected, the work would need to be taken into MNCPPC’s possession for a short time. Arrangements will be made for selected works to brought to a location and to be photographed by a professional photographer to allow for the best resolution to have re-sized large.


The art print reproductions will be installed and dismantled by M-NCPPC staff.


The large-scale reproduction prints will not be for sale, as the artist will retain the original work. The M-NCPPC insures all consigned artworks for up to 75% of their value while they are in our custody.


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Stuart Diekmeyer

Visual Arts Specialist



The Show Place Arena & Equestrian Center is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

PG Parks Arts and Cultural Heritage Division