The NIAD Art Center (NIAD) and Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) are collaborating on an effort to raise visibility for Richmond-based artists while enlivening public spaces along 23rd Street and Macdonald Avenue.
The organizations are hosting simultaneous Art in Windows exhibitions during the first month of May, along with an online exhibition and hands-on art workshop at NIAD’s Virtual Studio and a small business development workshop for local artists hosted by RMSI.
“Exhibiting artists receive a cash stipend and complementary reproductions of each artist’s work as business cards and postcards,” according to RMSI.
The organizations are currently seeking submissions of existing and/or proposed artworks for an exhibition in NIAD and RMSI’s storefront gallery spaces in May of 2021.
“Artwork should have a strong visual impact and should complement or highlight the windows and spaces where they are installed,” RMSI said. “Artists, artist groups/collectives, and established arts, cultural, educational, community, and historical organizations are invited to apply.”
A jury from both NIAD and RMSI will review submissions and artists will be notified by April 15.
“All genres of art will be considered, with an emphasis on high-quality presentations that reflect the positive qualities of the community,” according to RMSI. “Site-specific works that consider the history, culture, and architecture of the community, and the people who live and work in the neighborhood are encouraged. Consideration will be given to artistic merit, site suitability, artwork durability, and public safety.”
Selected artwork will appear in the storefronts of the NIAD Art Center at 551 23rd St. and Richmond Main Street at 1600 Nevin Plaza, in Richmond Visitor Center at Richmond BART.
“Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the neighborhood and exhibition spaces before applying, taking note of businesses, the community, and overall points of interest that may tie into your project,” project officials said.
Financial support for Art in Windows is provided by Richmond Arts and Culture Commission, 2020-2021 Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant Program.