Requests & Commissions

NOTE: Applications for requests are now open. We are currently booking for May 2024 – End of 2024 Season. SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT REQUESTS NOW!

The Steel Yard’s Public Projects department works directly with municipalities, neighborhood organizations, businesses and nonprofits to design, fabricate and install custom artwork. Our Team will guide you through every step of the process from creative concept to final installation.

We specialize in making functional and artistic street amenities (trashcans, bike racks, benches, fences, etc). We also create and manage fine art installations.

View our portfolio to check out some of our projects. When you hire Public Projects you’ll get more than a custom piece; you’re helping beautify neighborhoods, build community, pay local artists and craftspeople, and support training for low-income Rhode Islanders. You can also be confident that you’re receiving high-quality work at competitive prices.

To request a Public Project, please fill out THIS FORM, or send an email to to reach our team directly: Tim Ferland, Public Projects Director.

* Before sending your request, make sure that your project fits the following criteria: It is meant for public view and/or use and is accessible to all t you are looking for an original, custom design, created by an artist. (we do not reproduce others’ work.) If your project does not fit this criteria, it may be a private request you are looking for! More info below!


Need custom work for a private commission? Consider posting to our Jobs Board and connect directly with artists and tradespeople working in your area! Private requests are typically projects that are intended for a private business or home and for which public access will be limited. Thank you for supporting local art and artists!

Step 1. Make a request
Fill out the Private Request Form with details about the job and your contact information
Step 2. Jobs Board
We’ll post your request to the Jobs Board that reaches over 200 local artists
Step 3. Wait for a bid 
If an artist is interested in taking on the job they will contact you directly to make a bid or request more information. Consultations, deadlines, payments and all other project details are to be negotiated between YOU and the artist.
Step 4. Make a deal
When you find the artist you’d like to work with- be sure to hammer out all the details, agree to a price and sign a contract! Please Note: Private Requests are independent contracts and NOT Steel Yard projects.

If you’re an artist looking for independent contracts, send a message to to sign-up for our job board emails.