What's New?

We will be adding new information about FIGMENT 2020 on this page as we go along. Check out our updates for the latest news on Roosevelt Island and our curatorial process.

Weekend Event Process Timeline

  • Jan 20 Call for Submissions Opens! Project approvals begin on a rolling basis
  • April 13 Call for Art submissions close
  • TBD Roosevelt Island Site Visit #1—Visit the island with the curatorial team
  • May 1 Project Approval Deadline—You’ll hear from us by this date if you haven't already
  • TBD Roosevelt Island Site Visit #2 —Visit the island with the curatorial team
  • June 4 and 5 Install
  • Jun 6 & 7 FIGMENT Festival in NYC!
  • Jun 8 Deinstall Day—All projects must be removed by 2pm Monday unless alternative arrangements are worked out with FIGMENT and Roosevelt Island


NYC 2020 Weekend Artists Guide

Thank you for your interest in The FIGMENT Festival on Roosevelt Island!  This will guide you through the process of bringing your piece to Roosevelt Island. Please check back here regularly for updates. 

The Curatorial Team will keep accepted artists apprised of changes, and may supply new information that supersedes the details contained in this guide. Be sure to stay in regular communication with your assigned curator.

If you have questions about bringing your project to FIGMENT that are not addressed in this guide, please email you curator directly for the quickest reply, or send an email to nyccuratorial@figmentproject.org


FIGMENT After Dark!

Saturday, June 6th  from 6pm-10pm FIGMENT AFTER DARK returns!  You are invited to submit projects that have a special interactivity when the lights go down. Once the stars are out we expect a variety of submissions from wearable art, LED based sculptures, art cars, blacklight reactive interactivity and more. Be part of the magic and submit using the Artists Portal


Sculpture Park 

An homage to the summer-long projects of years past, this year we will work closely with all sculpture submissions to curate an area idea for interactivity and presentation. Sculpture submissions will benefit from early placement confirmation, a scheduled appointment with Materials for the Arts (spaces limited first come first serve), and will be a featured highlight on the event map. We are also working closely with local officials to secure extended display time beyond the weekend event! So, what are YOU building? Submit using the Artists Portal


FIGMENT NYC Weekend: What’s new and updated for 2020?

We’re returning to Roosevelt Island this year, but even if you’ve been an artist in the past, please read the following information carefully.  Send an email to nyccuratorial@figmentproject.org if you have questions.


Operating Schedule

Although Roosevelt Island will be open seven days a week it is inhabited by more than 10,000 people. While the hours will make it much easier for you to visit and prepare for work on the island, the fact that there are permanent residents has a few implications for the event that you should consider:


Installation & Deinstallation Safety & Security

Artists who are placed in Lighthouse Park may enter the park at 8 am and begin work at 9 am but must be ready for others to arrive once the park is open to the public at 10 am. Once the park is open to the public you must ensure that any unfinished installations, tools, or scrap materials do not pose a hazard to others, in particular, children. Usie warning signs, rope off your area, and have another person help to watch your installation until your work is complete. 

FIGMENT can not supply volunteers to guard installation sites.  Unattended sites deemed to be unsafe by FIGMENT or The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) staff will be removed. 

You must secure any valuable materials or tools if you leave your work site (even if the park is closed).


IMPORTANT: Vehicle access

This year, FIGMENT is more accessible than ever. Participants can arrive by car, subway, ferry or the famous air-tram.  For those coming by car, you will no longer need a staff escort to drive on the Island. There is a parking garage available for you to use called the Motorgate, located at the bridge to Roosevelt Island. Cars may drop off material close to their placement but may not park in the lots adjacent to Lighthouse Park. 


CarGo Truck:

To facilitate access to Roosevelt Island, we will run an official FIGMENT CarGo truck.  Once submissions close and we understand the needs of artists for this year, we'll communicate specific details to artists who need to use the truck.  


Placement & Park Land

The Placement Team is part of the Curatorial Team.  We have found that this improves placement decisions and coordination between artists and FIGMENT staff.


Indoor Space

Indoor space is available!  Yay!!!




FIGMENT offers two optional “Site Visit” events for accepted artists prior to FIGMENT Weekend. These visits provide artists the opportunity to visit the Island and meet FIGMENT staff in person. See the Weekend Event Process Timeline for the dates planned for this year.


Site Visit 1 (SV1) is scheduled well in advance of the event giving artists the opportunity to explore the Island.  Reservations with your curator must be made in advance to participate in SV1.


For Site Visit 2 (SV2), preliminary placement plans have been completed, and artists will be given a placement map, have the opportunity to visit their planned placement location and provide feedback to the Curatorial Team.  


Artists are welcome to attend either event if their schedules allow