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New Rochelle, NY, September 01, 2022 — Today, a local competition opened for regional artists to submit original graphic designs to decorate the North Avenue Bridge in New Rochelle. Running across a highly traveled thoroughfare, this new art installation will offer a welcoming sight to visitors and local commuters alike as they travel to and from New Rochelle. In addition to having their artwork displayed, the winner or winning team will receive a $3,000 prize.
Contest applicants may submit their artwork as individuals or as teams and are required to include the words “New Rochelle Train Station” as a signature wayfinding element while incorporating their own personal artistic characteristics into the piece. The artwork may be abstract or pictorial depending upon the artist’s style but should include an element indicating the artwork’s proximity to the train station.
The winning artwork will serve as both an orienting landmark and a celebration of New Rochelle’s downtown revitalization, highlighting and uplifting the city’s vibrant art scene. Applicants will be scored based on originality, creativity, composition, and adherence to the theme. Current and formers Residents of New Rochelle will receive 5 additional points toward their total score, encouraging local residents to participate.
Contest info and applications are available, in English and Spanish, on the City’s website at www.newrochelleny.com/bluewall. The deadline for submission entries is September 28, 2022, with the selection of a winning submission expected to take place in November. The Jury of Selection will be comprised of members of the Municipal Arts Commission of the City of New Rochelle. The winning submission is expected to be installed prior to the end of 2022.
“As New Rochelle continues to grow and flourish, we are proud to highlight our city’s thriving art scene through the collaboration of local artists and community members,” said Adam Salgado, Development Commissioner for the City of New Rochelle. “Using art as the agent for creative placemaking helps to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.”