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Release Date: Tuesday, September 1st 2015

ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR THE MARKET SQUARE PUBLIC ART PROGRAM

    

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ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR THE MARKET SQUARE PUBLIC ART PROGRAM

Information Session to be held Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Submissions due October 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. est

DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, PA – Building on the success of the first three years of its highly lauded Market Square Public Art Program, the City of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Office of Public Art, is issuing a Call for Artists for three additional years of temporary public art projects. Artists can apply to locate existing works of public art or to create new works in Market Square, the central public plaza in Downtown Pittsburgh. Selected projects will be installed and on display in the winter months of 2017, 2018, and 2019. Artists or teams of artists will be selected to participate in the program through the Call for Artists. There is a range of possible project budgets. The budget to install existing artworks is $10,000 - $50,000. The budget for newly commissioned artworks is $50,000 - $75,000. A public information session about the program and how to apply will be held on Thursday September 10, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 810 Penn Avenue, 7th Floor, in Downtown Pittsburgh. Attendance is not mandatory, and no RSVP is required.

“We are pleased to extend the Market Square Public Art Program for an additional three years, as it has become a successful attraction in Downtown during what has traditionally been a quiet time of the year,” said Mayor William Peduto. “I believe this program is an example of Pittsburgh’s leadership in public art.”

The application form and complete Call for Artists are available at MarketSquarePublicArt.com.

About the Market Square Public Art Program:
The Market Square Public Art Program is a program of the City of Pittsburgh/Public Art Division, and is managed by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Office of Public Art. Designed to bring energy and creativity to the outdoor urban core during winter months, the program showcases the very best in contemporary public art and established Market Square as a local, regional, and national arts destination.  The program launched in February of 2014 with

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Congregation, a dynamic, large-scale, interactive video and sound installation by the UK’s pioneering new media artists

KMA. The following year, artist Jennifer Wen Ma transformed Market Square into live forest with her piece A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle, which was on display from February through May 2015. Dutch artist Allard Van Hoorn has been commissioned to produce a new work in Market Square, which will open in the winter of 2016.

Funding for the Market Square Public Art Program has been generously provided by The Heinz Endowments; the Artworks program of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; an anonymous source; Richard King Mellon Foundation; and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Please visit MarketSquarePublicArt.com for more information about the program and the art installations.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, marketing, economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter @downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.

About the City of Pittsburgh Public Art Division

The Public Art Division of the City of Pittsburgh is housed within the Department of City Planning. Headed by Morton Brown, Public Art Manager, its major roles are to staff and facilitate the City’s Art Commission and to conserve and plan for the City’s collection of art and cultural objects. For more information or contact, visit: www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/public-art/.

About the Office of Public Art

The Office of Public Art provides technical assistance and educational programs about public art in the Pittsburgh region. For more information, visit www.publicartpittsburgh.org

 

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