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Art on theMart Announces International Call for Submissions

The Merchandise Mart serves as a sprawling dramatic canvas for the new public art project, Art on the Mart, in downtown Chicago (photo courtesy of the City of Chicago).

theMART, with the City of Chicago, recently announced a call for entries to local, national and international artists for the March 2019 program of Art on theMART, the largest permanent digital art projection in the world. For this call for entry, artists are welcome to submit qualifications via Art on theMART’s website by December 15, 2018 for consideration of inclusion. theMART, with the assistance of the Curatorial Advisory Board (CAB), will review all submissions and issue a limited Request for Proposal (RFP) to qualified applicants, along with an award for entry upon completion. Upon receiving final proposals by January 25, 2019, Art on theMART will announce the artists selected for the March 2019 program, who will receive an additional award for artistic production.

​“Art on theMART has not only welcomed Chicagoans and visitors in to be active participants in arts and culture, it has given artists an enormous canvas to light their work up on the largest curated art projection in the world,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The inaugural program has already reshaped the way people interact with the Chicago River, and I can’t wait to see what the arts community in Chicago, across the country and around the world has in store for the 2019 program.”

Art on theMART launched its inaugural program on September 29, 2018, featuring commissioned works by four renowned contemporary artists, Zheng Chongbin, Jason Salavon, Diana Thater and Jan Tichy, with interstitial visuals by Obscura Digital, the creators of Art on theMART’s unique software and content display platform.

“The inaugural program of Art on theMART was an invitation to artists and organizations from around the world to ideate what this platform can become,” said Art on theMART Executive Director Cynthia Noble. “We look forward to seeing what artists have envisioned for the 2019 program, and are thrilled to actualize many of those ideas and bring them to life on a grand, public scale.”

Submissions for late spring, summer and fall projection seasons are also accepted but priority will be given to qualified candidates with proposals for works that are ready to be projected in March 2019. For inquiries or submissions, visit www.artonthemart.com.

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