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Artist submissions and FAQs

Supporting emerging artists is one of ArtBridge’s essential functions. Our curated public exhibitions on construction fencing and sidewalk sheds provide unprecedented exposure. As part of our mission to support emerging artists, we always pay our artists rates that exceed the standards set by WAGE. Submit your art.

Open call for Artists

Bridging the Divide: Artist Fellowship Program @ Mitchel Houses

Deadline: April 11, 2021 

 

We are looking for 2 Bronx-based visual artists (with preference for the South Bronx) to create new public artworks for the Mitchel Houses this Spring.

Artists will have 6 weeks (tentatively planned for April 19 – May 28) to develop new artworks with support from ArtBridge and local organizations. The artworks will be created as a result of collaborations with residents and community leaders. Final artworks will be affixed to scaffolding that is currently up at the Mitchel Houses. 

Artworks will be printed onto vinyl, painted onto polytab, or painted directly onto the plywood on scaffolding at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Mitchel Houses as the buildings undergo long-term renovation.

* Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm on SUNDAY, APRIL 11th.

* $4,000 ARTIST STIPEND. Production costs will be fully covered by ArtBridge.⁣

* THE PLANNED FELLOWSHIP PERIOD IS APRIL 19 – MAY 28. Artists should complete the artwork and community engagement activities during the time. Artists are also expected to participate in post-install events in the community.

This project is part of ArtBridge’s ongoing artist fellowship program, Bridging the Divide, made possible through the Department of Cultural Affair’s City Canvas pilot program and in partnership with New York City Housing Authority and DemocracyNYC.

We are Hiring

Communications Fellowship

Deadline: April 15, 2021

 

ArtBridge is seeking a communications fellow. This 8-month fellowship from mid-April through December is designed for current students or recent graduates who want to develop professional communication and development skills, while exploring the fields of public art, community engagement, and nonprofit management. 

The fellowship will combine considerable hands-on work experience with learning/networking opportunities.

15 hours per week, with a flexible work schedule. The position can be fully remote, or you may work in our office in Chelsea, NYC. You do not have to be based in NYC to apply, but you should have some familiarity with the city (i.e. used to live here, virtually attending a college/university in NYC).

Total stipend is $12,500 (approximately $25/hour).

Working with ArtBridge

Working with ArtBridge

Artist Selection

How artists are selected varies from site to site.

— Curated in-house from our general submissions database;
— Site-specific open calls, judged by local arts dignitaries and/or curated in-house;
— A vote by local community members

— Or a combination of any of the above, for example, we may narrow down the candidates in house, then put it to a vote in the community where the artwork will be installed.

In most instances we strive to select artists who live locally to the installation site.

Artwork Requirements

What we require from artists varies from one project to the next depending on the requirements of the installation, but generally falls into these categories:

— Previously made artwork that ArtBridge prints onto vinyl for installation;
— Artwork that is designed for the installation and then printed on vinyl;
— Artwork that is designed for the installation and hand-painted onsite.

For artwork that is installed by the artist, all materials will be provided by ArtBridge. For artwork that is printed onto vinyl for installation, high resolution files must be provided by artists, but the rest is handled by ArtBridge.

Payment

In all cases, we will meet or exceed the payment standards set by W.A.G.E. The precise amount depends on how much funding we can raise for each specific site, and the amount of labor the installation will entail for the artist; e.g., artists who spend 40 hours hand-painting plywood fencing will generally be paid more than artists who simply send us digital files for previously made artwork.

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Submissions

Open Calls

Please check our submissions page for current open calls. To be alerted for any upcoming calls, follow us on Instagram, or sign up for our email list.

General Submissions

ArtBridge accepts art on an ongoing basis. General submissions will be considered for all ArtBridge exhibitions that do not have sufficient time for an open call. You may submit here while simultaneously submitting the same, or different, works to current open calls for specific ArtBridge projects.

Guidelines

— You may submit as many individual pieces or series as you see fit. Series must not exceed ten images.
— Artwork must be designed to be installed on a flat surface and cannot include illumination, electronic signage, protrusions or projections.
— All genres of art, except film/video, are allowed, though film/video stills are permitted.
— Images should measure approximately 800px on their longest side and saved at roughly 72dpi. Neither measurement must be exact.
— Art must be approved by the city, we will not be able to use work that contains: obscenity or hate speech, political messages, religious content, sexual content, advertisements, depictions of illegal activity.

FAQ

City Canvas is an NYC pilot program that allows us to install art exhibitions on construction fences and sheds. The program will last for two years. More info.

We’ll be installing via two basic mechanisms: 1) art (photography, paintings, sculpture) reproduced on vinyl/mesh, which will be affixed to the construction fence/shed; or art painted directly on it.

Submit your work here. We will also post individual calls for art for specific sites, as they arise. To be alerted to these, follow us on Instagram or sign up for our mailing list.

A variety of mechanisms: At some sites we’ll curate in-house from our submission database; at others we’ll use open calls, which will often be judged by local arts dignitaries; at others we’ll have active collaborations between local artists and community members. In all cases, we’ll try to select artists who live locally to the sites.

We will hustle to try to obtain a variety of funding sources for each site — grants, donations, and payments from site owners. If you have funding source ideas, please tell us!! We’re starting from scratch here…

As many as possible! We are aiming for 50 sites, across all 5 boroughs, during the program’s 2 years. We believe this is feasible.

Yes! Please send email us or tag us on Instagram. We are looking for high foot-traffic locations, where the construction is a real nuisance for the community, and where the construction will likely remain up for at least 6 more months.

We are especially keen to install in lower-income neighborhoods that are traditionally under-served by the arts, collaborating with local artists and community groups.