FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jersey City, NJ – The Central Avenue S.I.D. Management Corporation is seeking creative proposals for public art installations within the Central Avenue shopping district. Selected artwork will be commissioned for installation late summer/ early fall and paid upon completion. The submission deadline is Friday, August 3, 2018.
All artists interested in participating must complete and adhere to the guidelines in the Request for Proposal (RFP) which is available online. A hard copy of the application can also be obtained from the CASID office. It is a competitive process allowing all artwork and artists an equal opportunity to be selected.
Preference will be given to proposals that contain 1) original and well-executed use of Trompe l’oeil art technique involving realistic imagery that appears three dimensional and 2) artwork that references the rich history of the surrounding community (i.e. The Heights/ Jersey City/ Hudson County).
The Central Avenue shopping district is main street community centrally located in Hudson County. In between 2013 and 2018, the CASID unveiled “Cardinal” by artist Edwin Rentas Jr.; “Mother’s Eternal Light” by artist Ed “T.DEE” Morris; “Earth Person 2” by local artist Sam Pullin; the “Dream” by local artist Ed “T.DEE” Morris; “Paper Airplanes” by local artist Sergio Sandino; and “Perseverance” by local artist PAWS21. These murals were exciting additions to the Central Avenue landscape and the Heights neighborhood. The ¾ mile shopping district has now commissioned eighteen art installations since 2009 and is seeking to do more. Local residents, businesses, and artists are working together to shape the outdoor art gallery along the Central Avenue shopping corridor which is adjacent to the Riverview Arts District in the Heights section of Jersey City.
This program is organized and administered by the CASID and made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the national Endowment of the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.