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South Orange Downtown Announces Call for Mural Artists – Deadline June 24th

MURAL SOUTH ORANGE DOWNTOWN PROJECT – CALL FOR ARTISTS

From South Orange Downtown:

South Orange Downtown (SODT) is looking for mural artists to create an original site-specific mural to be completed on the Village Plaza Triangle Retaining Wall at the corner of Valley Street and Village Plaza. As part of a broader triangle revitalization initiative, this mural will be a lively and welcoming entry point into the city center. The mural will be painted directly onto the textured wall of the building, it can be of any style and should represent “energy” as it connects to light and harmony. The selected mural should serve as a community celebration for years to come.

SITE SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 8-12 Village Plaza (Triangle of Valley St and Village Plaza)
  • size: 16’hx 32’w
  • building material: concrete wall (textured)

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

The SODT will hire a skilled artist or team of artists to design and install works that local residents can enjoy, enhance the look of the business district, and attract visitors. The goal of the South Orange Downtown Village Plaza Mural Project is to create public art that conveys the theme of “energy” and reflects the vibrancy of the city center as it connects with harmony and light.

PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS

SODT released this Call for Artists to present a conceptual statement for the Village Plaza Triangle Mural that conveys a theme of energy, curriculum and samples of their work. Three the artists will be selected to present a concept sketch. The chosen artist will receive a fee of up to $ 7,000 and runners-up will receive $ 250 for submitting the concept sketch.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

SODT asks artists to complete the online application which will include:

  • conceptual statement for Village Plaza Triangle
  • bio or resume with contact information
  • work portfolio example of a link to your website or up to 5 digital images.
  • two professional references with contact information
  • link to the website and social media

SELECTION CRITERIA

A selection committee made up of creative professionals, community members and representatives of SODT will select the finalists based on their mural proposals. SODT will have the final approval of the mural design.

PROJECT FEE

The artist or artists chosen to paint the mural will receive a fee of up to $ 7,000, including materials and supplies.

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • June 24, 2022 Deadline for submitting the offer request
  • 27 June – 1 July 2022 Examination of proposals and selection of 3 three artists to make conceptual sketches
  • 1 August 2022- Concept Sketches submitted by 3 finalists
  • August 15, 2022 – Selected final artist
  • 22 August 2022 – 8 October – The start and completion of the project will take place during this time frame
  • 15 October 2022 – Public inauguration of the work

CONTACT INFORMATION

Applications must be submitted to [email protected].

Link to the online application:

ON THE CENTER OF SOUTH ORANGE AND THE COMMUNITY OF SOUTH ORANGE

South Orange is a place steeped in history and community pride. The charming city center offers historic architecture, unique shops, contemporary restaurants and exciting entertainment. The South Orange community is known for its proximity to New York City, access to the South Mountain reservation, progressive attitude, and family friendliness. It is home to a diverse mix of people and the nationally recognized Seton Hall University.

South Orange Downtown is committed to the continuous improvement of the central district through the creation of art installations and to making art central to the daily life of the community. South Orange Downtown is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to making the downtown business district a vibrant place to live, work and be entertained through events, landscaping and advocacy for downtown businesses. South Orange Downtown is New Jersey’s longest-running Main Street Community. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the vitality of the downtown business district by supporting existing businesses and attracting new ones to enhance the Village’s retail mix; raise funds for improvement projects and public art; production of events that integrate existing shops and services; maintain a clean, safe and pedestrianized city center; and help the governing body manage the new development while preserving the attractive architectural heritage of the downtown area.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS JUNE 24, 2022

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