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Montclair Center's artCONNECTs Mural Project -- 2024


Budget: $25,000
Activated: 05/16/2024
Deadline: 06/12/2024
Call Summary
artCONNECTS is a placemaking public art project focusing on the commission and installation of one mural within downtown Montclair, NJ. Artists are invited to submit original works that reflect vibrancy and warmth, themes of nature and community. Chosen Muralists will be notified on or about June 19, 2024. All murals are to be completed by October 30, 2024.
For further information, Artist Contract, and site pictures see resources below. Please review Artist Contract before submission.
Budget Description
The artCONNECTS budget covers all artistic costs for one painted mural and a licensing fee. Artistic costs for the mural include the chosen artist(s) creative and labor fees, surface preparation, equipment, mural protection/maintenance plan, supplies, travel-related expenses and other associated costs.
Project Description
artCONNECTS is a public art project sponsored by the Montclair Center BID, in partnership with Studio Montclair. The placemaking project is funded by a grant provided by the NJ Main Street program and the Montclair Center Business Improvement District. The location identified in Downtown Montclair for an original painted mural Artwork is 393 Bloomfield Avenue. This location is highly visible in the district center. Murals are to be temporary, with a five year expected life.

Artist or Team may submit multiple proposals, but each proposal should be submitted separately.
Artwork Goals
Artists should submit artwork that engages with and enhances the specific location of the work.

o Artwork should contribute to the positive energy of the downtown Montclair community, boost morale, and delight local residents, businesses, and visitors;
o Artwork should beautify the public realm and improve the cultural vibrancy of the district;
o Artwork should contribute to the themes of the project: Vibrant Montclair, nature and community;
o Artwork must be considered "family-friendly" or suitable for audiences of all ages.
o Mural must be an original, one of a kind, new work. If known images are used, the artist is responsible for obtaining all copyright permission and paying all license fees. Copies of permissions and licenses must be submitted with original project.

Note: Images that are negative, vulgar, violent, hateful, or discriminatory based on race, disability, gender, culture, or religion will not be considered.
Artwork Location Description
393 Bloomfield Avenue (Pilgrim Medical): Full two story wall on south facing facade (facing Bloomfield Avenue, a high-traffic county road).
Dimensions: Building is 30’2” wide. Height is 25’5 on the western edge, 26’7 on the eastern edge.
Note--Two important site considerations: First, site of mural is a women's health clinic that provides abortions. While the Montclair community is generally very supportive, protesters are regularly in front of the business. Artists should take the sensitive nature of the location into account.
Second, the site is directly across the street from Wellmont Arts Plaza. This open air plaza hosts community concerts, vendor events, and provides outdoor seating. It is the front entrance to the Wellmont Theater, which hosts Live Nation concerts throughout the year, and to an art school, preschool, climbing wall location, restaurants, and a large medical office facility. As people exit the Plaza, the mural will be directly in front of them. Abstract art or themes of nature might be particularly well suited for this location.
Site History
Montclair Center, as downtown Montclair, NJ is known, has long been a crossroad. It is where the wilds of the Watchung Mountains met New York City urbanites through the art of George Inness and the Montclair Art Colony in the 1880’s. More recently, it is described as “Where the suburbs meet the city.” Modeled in the early 1900’s as a Garden City, Montclair is known for its easy access to New York City, its natural and architectural beauty, its diversity, its artists, its captains of industry, and its walkable downtown. Montclair Center is a historic district with strong examples of many architectural styles from the last 150 years. It is also the dining capital of New Jersey, New Jersey’s Favorite Arts District, and a National Main Street named Great American Main Street. Montclair is home to the Montclair Art Museum, the Montclair Film Festival, the Montclair Jazz Festival, the Montclair Pride Festival, the Kasser Theatre, George Segal Gallery, the Wellmont Theater, the Vanguard Theater, Studio Montclair, and other arts and cultural institutions. Montclair attracts visitors and residents who value food, arts, culture, and diversity.

The mural will be center stage for Montclair Center, setting a tone for our visitors and community.
This Call for Entries is open to all artists. We encourage local Montclair artists and Studio Montclair members to submit mural proposals. Artists are welcome to submit as a multi-person collaborative group. If applying as a team, please submit one résumé for the team, and split the allotted number of work examples between team members. Artist(s) may submit two proposals for the mural location. Artist(s) must be willing to meet all contractual obligations.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 3 - 6
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Budget Document Upload
Installation Text
Visual Illustration of Proposed Mural Image/Video Upload
Written Description of Mural Text
Selection Information
Selection Process
A jury organized by the Montclair Center BID will review submissions. The mural selection jury will consist of stakeholders for the project, artists, art and design professionals, and curators. The jury will recommend three proposals for the mural site. The building owner who has agreed to have art installed on their building and/or the business owner occupying the premises will make the final selection. The owner has submitted a brief project statement of intent which can be viewed in the Supplemental Information attachment in resources.
Selection Criteria
As Placemaking for Downtown Montclair, Mural selections will be based on a combination of artwork design and match to its location, artist reputation and prior works, and enhancement of community and visitor experience. Preference will be given to originality and a well-constructed execution plan.
• Once a proposal is selected for a particular wall location, a formal Agreement covering such items as Warranty, Indemnity, Copyright and Licensing will be executed by artist before artist is designated as a project Muralist and work may begin. Artist shall agree to take part in at least two “meet the Artist” events, a possible videography of the project, and reasonable public relations/ marketing efforts. The Artist Agreement will be available for review on and by request prior to submission deadline.
• The Artist Agreement will finalize costs, completion deadline, and any additional terms and conditions. The duration and life of the mural, necessary repairs, touch-ups or modifications, and other details will be outlined.
• Copyright: As public art, the finished mural may be photographed, reproduced and posted on social media. Montclair Center will credit the works when it appears in our materials and will encourage others to do the same. However, Montclair Center cannot guarantee that third-party and general public will credit the artist(s) when photographing and reposting mural images.
The MCBID reserves the right to withdraw the site at its discretion.
Submission Deadline: June 12, 2024 4:00pm
Notification Date: On or about June 19, 2024
Artist Agreement Signing Deadline: June 26, 2024
Work Completion Date: October 30, 2024
Additional Resources
Photo of Facade (JPG)
Artist Contract (PDF)
Supplemental Information (PDF)
Contact Information
Jason Gleason
Executive Director
26 Lackawanna Plaza
Montclair NJ 07042 United States



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