FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jersey City, NJ – The Central Avenue S.I.D. Management Corporation is pleased to announce that it is seeking creative proposals for its 2015 public art installation program. In addition to traffic boxes and wall space, proposals for artwork in blind windows are now also being requested. The submission deadline for all three falls on Friday July 17th, 2015.
For a sixth consecutive year, the CASID has partnered with numerous Hudson County-based art organizations and artists to bring new art installations to its neighborhood main street. CASID’s Mural Arts Installation Program includes recent work such as “Paper Planes” by Sergio Sandino and “The Dream” by Ed “T.Dee” Morris among many others. This art installation will continue to grow the outdoor art gallery happening in the Central Avenue shopping district which is adjacent to the new “Riverview Arts District” in the Heights section of Jersey City. Local residents, businesses, and artists continue working together to reach the neighborhood’s long-term goal of adding “art destination” to Hudson County’s distinct resume.
“Jersey City artist are installing great public art throughout the City,” says Sanford Fishman, CASID President and longtime Heights businessman. “We are really excited about this next round. Creative artwork further enhances our main street experience and exposes a lot of our urban youth to art for the first time.”
A false or blind window is a recess in an external wall, having the external appearance of a window on a building’s facade. Instead of remaining lifeless, it can be used for something fun such as a window into an artist’s minds or other worlds. Imagine looking up at a second floor window and seeing Rapunzel looking out with her hair stretched down the building to the ground floor. In 2011, Artist Ed “T.Dee” Morris successfully used the blind windows at Jersey Drugs (286 Central) for his lifelike “Koi Too” installation which gives the building the appearance that it is a giant fishbowl. It remains one of the most well received art installations in the City.
All artists interested in participating in this program must complete and adhere to the guidelines in the Request for Proposal (RFP) prepared by the CASID. It is a competitive process allowing all artwork and artists an equal opportunity to be selected. A copy of the RFP can be downloaded at JCHeights.com or a hard copy can be obtained from the CASID office.
This program is organized and administered by the Central Avenue SID 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.
Questions can be addressed to Arturo Barrezueta by email or call (201) 656-1366.