Visual Artists Sought for Pop-Up Gallery Inside Bowery Whole Foods

Posted on: July 23rd, 2014 at 6:08 am by
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The Lower East Side BID is joining forces with the Bowery Whole Foods to create a pop-up gallery on its second floor. Submissions are currently sought from “visual artists” who have some connection to the neighborhood. A “community” panel will then choose five winners from the pack, whose work will appear inside the grocery for a month.

This is the second high-profile art initiative by the BID in the last year. We’ve already seen Asphalt Art on Division Street (which has subsequently become a skate park) and Babel Blocks lining Delancey.

Open call runs through August 18.

Below are additional details, republished from the official ArtHERE contest site:

  • The artwork will be displayed in the state it is submitted, whether that’s via easel or hung on a wall. Based on this, the artwork must be submitted in a ready to mount or display state. The size of the display area in the pop-up gallery is 19’x10′.
  • In your artwork submission, please be sure to elaborate upon both your connections to the Lower East Side, as well as how that is represented with your submission, that you would like to be published on display next to your work. Artwork is required to be visual, and can be no larger than 4’x4′. Submissions can run the full range – whether that’s portrait, graphic, painting, photography etc. Abstract art submissions will be considered, but are not preferred. Make sure you plan to submit your work in a ready-to-display state.
  • Five winners will be selected by a community panel and will go on to have his or her work on display for one full month in a pop-up gallery, located in the second floor space at Whole Foods Market Bowery. The contest will conclude on Monday, August 18th and winners will be privately and individually notified no later than August 25th. These winners will then be announced to the public on Thursday, September 4th in a joint celebration between Whole Foods Market and the Lower East Side BID, and this pop-up gallery will go on to be included as a participating gallery in the third annual LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion event, a celebration of fall art openings as well as a fashion show that takes place on Orchard Street on Sunday, September 7th.

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