Call for Submissions NY Public Art Billboard Series + Exhibition
International Deadline: August 10, 2020 – The Untitled Space, SaveArtSpace, and Art4Equality have joined forces for an empowering public art series of billboards in New York City launching this September 2020, along with an exhibition of the artwork created for the series to be presented at The Untitled Space gallery this fall.
Revolving around the theme of “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness” the public art series and exhibition is now open for artist submissions via an open call curated by Indira Cesarine.
“What do these words mean to you: “Equality”, “Life”, “Liberty”, “The Pursuit of Happiness”? We live in an unprecedented time, our liberties robbed by a global pandemic, which laid painfully bare the inequities that have plagued the most vulnerable in our society for far too long. Political polarization in the United States is reaching critical mass with a divisive political system at war. Realities of social inequality and racial injustice are challenging our ability to have confidence in a promising future.
With the 2020 elections approaching, we feel it is a crucial time to create an opportunity for artists to respond to our current situation, with the artwork presented in a public platform, where it can reach an audience of millions of people every day and promote an inclusive dialogue. The public art series “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness” seeks to empower, enlighten, and shed a ray of hope on a city that has been under a dark cloud, in a country that is in tatters not only by an invisible virus, but by political and civil unrest. The billboard transformed into an art display is an innovative, and ultimately accessible way to present contemporary art, transforming spaces normally dedicated to advertising into public art that has power and impact.” – Curator Indira Cesarine
This call is open to all artists, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or practice. All mediums are welcome. Artists are asked to be creative, with artwork inspired by 1 or more of the words or phrases of the theme.
Each billboard will feature your artwork along with your name and the title of the artwork. The gallery exhibition will compliment the public art series with a presentation of unique and limited edition prints of the artwork.
There is a $10 donation per image submission to participate, each donation is a tax deduction and goes to producing the public art. Each artist is encouraged to submit up to 10 images.
Read our complete Prospectus and Apply online.
The selected artists will be announced after August 24, and will be exhibited on ad space in NYC starting September 21 for at least one month, with an Artist Reception on September 24th presented by The Untitled Space.
The Untitled Space is an art gallery located in Tribeca, New York in a landmark building on Lispenard Street. Founded in 2014 by Indira Cesarine, the gallery features an ongoing curation of exhibits of emerging and established contemporary artists exploring conceptual framework and boundary pushing ideology through mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and performance art. The gallery is committing to exploring new ideas vis-à-vis traditional and new mediums and highlights a program of women in art as well as special events aligned with our creative vision.
The Untitled Space
45 Lispenard St. Unit 1
New York, NY
Art4Equality is an initiative supporting equality themed art exhibitions and special projects including films and public art by female identifying artists and allies. The mission of Art4Equality is to create empowering artwork and exhibitions that can impact social change, raise awareness and inspire our community. Art4Equality additionally facilitates opportunities by providing mentorship to artists, as well as special programming such as panel discussions, performances, and educational art events. Art4Equality empowers by creating a platform for progress. By supporting the work of underrepresented and marginalized artists, Art4Equality demonstrates the value, quality, and diversity of their contributions to the community, encourages an inclusive dialogue, and promotes equality for all.
Founded in 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, SaveArtSpace is a non-profit organization that works to create an urban gallery experience, launching exhibitions that address intersectional themes and foster a progressive message of social change. By placing culture over commercialism, SaveArtSpace aims to empower artists from all walks of life and inspire a new generation of young creatives and activists. Since 2015, SaveArtSpace has installed the artwork of 180 artists on 212 advertising spaces in 10+ major US cities, coast-to-coast. Beyond transforming advertisement space into public art, we work with a variety of community groups including: schools, senior residencies, shelters, youth groups, special needs programs, art collectives, galleries, and museums. Together, we aim to foster community and cultural enrichment through the arts. While supporting underprivileged and emerging artists by providing them the opportunity to display work in the public space.