ArtsWestchester announced that it is the recipient of a $145,000 grant from the New NY Bridge Community Benefit Program to commission two iconic sculptures by New York State artists for the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The monumental artworks may incorporate remnant steel salvaged from the retired Tappan Zee Bridge and will be placed at designated sites on New York State Thruway-owned land on the Tarrytown (Westchester County) and South Nyack (Rockland County) sides of the bridge’s shared bicycle/pedestrian path next year.
Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester explains, “Public art, like the bridge, is exciting, engaging and inspirational. It helps create a special sense of connection to place and infuses the extraordinary into everyday life.” Langsam continues, “The fact that the New York State Thruway Authority has decided to incorporate original artwork into the new bridge project is sensational.”
Jamey Barbas, P.E., New NY Bridge Project Director for the New York State Thruway Authority, explains, "We are committed to improving the quality of life for local residents and communities, and the arts are central to that. This grant and the subsequent sculpture commissions will further enhance the public spaces of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and we are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile endeavor."
Now through January 11, 2019, ArtsWestchester, in partnership with the New York State Thruway Authority and the Arts Council of Rockland, seeks qualifications from professional New York State artists or artist collectives interested in creating permanent site-responsive works of public sculpture for the Rockland County and Westchester County landings of the shared bicycle/pedestrian path on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The request for artist qualifications is the first in a two-stage competitive process to identify artists for the sculpture commissions. Eligible artists must reside, work or maintain a studio in New York State and have until midnight, Jan. 11, 2019 to submit their qualifications via the
website: artsw.org/mariocuomobridge to ArtsWestchester.
Each artist’s sculpture commission will be in the amount of $45,000, plus monies to cover engineering costs for each sculpture. Artists will be notified if they are invited to submit a full proposal on or around Feb. 4, 2019.
Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll says, "The public arts competition provides a unique opportunity for New York State artists, whether it's by honoring the Hudson Valley's natural beauty, the region's rich heritage or the remarkable engineering of the new bridge. The Thruway Authority is delighted to make space available at the Rockland and Westchester landings of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge for the future artworks to be displayed and to showcase their creativity."
FOR ARTISTS, all submissions must be made electronically, via the online application portal, using the following link: artsw.org/mariocuomobridge
No submissions via email or mail, or in person shall be accepted.
Artists interested in being considered for this opportunity must submit the following:
1. A current resume/CV, particularly highlighting relevant experience (required)
2. Artist statement (required)
3. Minimum of 5, up to 10 images of original completed artworks (Work Samples) (required)
4. Work Samples Checklist (required)
5. Letter of interest (required)
6. Up to 3 professional references (not required)
Artists will be asked to identify to which opportunity they are applying (Rockland or Westchester landing.) Artists may be considered for both opportunities, but must submit a distinct letter of interest for each opportunity.