MTA Seeking 'Professional Artists' to Create Public Artwork on Myrtle Line Subway Stations

By - Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Since the 70’s graffiti writers have been leaving their mark on Subway Stations around the city. Something that was done in the cover of darkness and the vow of secrecy; is being sought after by the same people that refused to accept the addition of art work to their system. It’s interesting to see the dichotomy of the mind set behind the MTA back when unsanctioned artwork was a catastrophe, and their more recent arts program that is paying artists to leave their work. Information about the call for artists that the MTA has recently released on their site:
Myrtle Line Subway Stations MTA Arts for Transit seeks professional artists for consideration to create public artwork for the Myrtle Line subway stations in Brooklyn and Queens. Please download the Call for Artists brochure for submission guidelines and for more information about the project. Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, January 27, 2012.
Here’s some more information about the MTA Arts for Transit program taken from their website:
“As you travel through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority network, you experience a first-rate art museum with works created in mosaic, terra cotta, bronze, glass and mixed-media sculpture. The founders of the New York City subway believed that every design element in the system should show respect for our customers and enhance the experience of travel. Language was added to contracts that required the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. This led to the extensive use of ceramic tile, terra cotta and mosaics as decorative elements. As the century-old transportation network is restored and renewed, these decorative elements of the past are preserved and protected as contemporary art and design are introduced. In conjunction with a massive rehabilitation program launched in the 1980’s, MTA Arts for Transit was created to oversee the selection of artists and installation of permanent artworks in subway and commuter rail stations. The program encompasses Music Under New York, a Transit Poster Program and the Lightbox Project, a series of photography exhibits. We invite you to discover and enjoy this diverse and beautiful collection of commissioned public artwork installed throughout the subway and commuter rail stations of the MTA.”

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