Around Town Opportunities
The 2013 Bloomfield Avenue Prize
Organized and sponsored by Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ and the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Call for Proposals Deadline: November 1, 2012
Selection committee co-chairs: Laura Nova, Associate Professor of Creative Art and Technology, Bloomfield College Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art, Montclair Art Museum
Bloomfield College and the Montclair Art Museum are pleased to announce the inauguration of the Bloomfield Avenue Prize, a new annual prize offering the opportunity for an artist to execute an innovative public art project across the campuses of Bloomfield College (BC) and the Montclair Art Museum (MAM). It will represent the first collaboration between these neighboring institutions, located approximately two miles apart on Bloomfield Avenue in Northern New Jersey, about 35 minutes from New York City. The winning project will bridge the College, the Museum, and their greater constituencies: a vibrant community with a diverse cultural and socioeconomic makeup. The prize is $5,500 USD and the winner will be announced in late 2012.
The Bloomfield Avenue Prize winner will mount an exhibition running approximately three months, and will participate in five non-consecutive days of educational community programming for groups such as schools, families, undergraduate and graduate students, adults, and/or seniors. Artists should develop socially engaged projects that consider the shared concerns of the Bloomfield College and Montclair Art Museum communities; ideally projects should link the two campuses physically and/or symbolically, taking advantage of Bloomfield Avenue, the street on which both sites are located. Proposals should be interdisciplinary in nature, potentially including site-specific installation, performance, video, and/or other media; and must outline plans for educational community programming, in the form of workshops, seminars, tours, screenings, etc.
Projects should take full advantage of the shared resources at BC and MAM, which includes indoor and outdoor exhibition venues and work facilities for the artist.
RESOURCES: At Bloomfield College: • Campus quad • Lectures/screenings/public programs in Van Fossen Theater (simulcasting/projections) • Campus gallery spaces • Library • Store front windows around the town of Bloomfield • Creative Art & Technology Program faculty/student facilities