OPEN CALL: After Hours 2

  • Date: March 08 - 18, 2013
  • Sponsor: Sotheby's
  • Partner: The New Museum

Press Release


Art Production Fund, in partnership with The New Museum, is hosting an open call for inclusion in the public art installation After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery, part of the IDEAS CITY Festival. The selected artist will have the opportunity to have their artwork presented on a Bowery storefront roller shutter, along with 14 other artists in the project. On view from May - October, 2013, the work will be displayed when shops close each evening along the Bowery between Delancey St. and East Houston St.

All artists, regardless of age, gender, and nationality, are eligible to apply.
All submissions must be sent to
Applications which are hand-delivered or mailed will not be accepted.
Artists will be selected based on artistic strength and vision, as well the work’s relevance to the “After Hours” mural concept.
Due to the volume of submissions, Art Production Fund can only respond to those artists whose proposals best fit the interest of the program.
No calls please.


Application Review & Process:
Artists should format their proposal/submission as one PDF.
Please include full contact information, address, phone number, and email.
Artists should include one image that would be suitable for a 10 x 14 ft (approximate dimensions) roller gate.
Only graphic images that can be painted onto an uneven roller shutter will be accepted**. Artists should format their PDF to include any or all images within the body of the PDF. Additional material sent alongside the PDF will not be reviewed.
PDFs can include links to websites, galleries, previous exhibitions, and/or past reviews.

**Painting will be executed by Colossal Media. If selected, APF will request a high resolution version of your image as well as a color match print.


The open call artist will be selected by a panel of judges that include:
- Art Production Fund
- Gary Carrion-Murayari, Curator, The New Museum
- Linda Yablonsky, Art Critic
- Bob Holman, Founder of the Bowery Poetry Club
- Youth artists from a mural making collaboration between the New Museum’s G:Class, Chinatown YMCA, Groundswell and University Settlement.



AFTER HOURS 2: MURALS ON THE BOWERY is a public art installation that plays with the practices of graffiti art, traditional mural painting and graphic posters, to ignite the neighborhood surrounding The Bowery. After Hours 2 invites artists to reflect upon the history and present state of The Bowery to create a site specific mural or poster. This public art project is both a destination for a specific audience and an unexpected art intervention for the passerby.

ART PRODUCTION FUND is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art.

IDEAS CITY is a festival that explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are a driving force behind the vitality of urban centers. IDEAS CITY was founded by the New Museum as a major collaborative initiative between dozens of arts, education, and community organizations working together to effect change. The festival is held every other year in New York with satellite conferences and workshops taking place in international cities during the alternate years. IDEAS CITY was launched in New York in 2011.

IDEAS CITY Topic 2012/2013: Untapped Capital
As the world’s resources continue to be endangered, depleted, and destroyed, we need to come up with new solutions and practices and develop new approaches. Rather than focusing on our deficits, this year’s IDEAS CITY encourages an examination of surplus capital that may be under-recognized or underutilized. There are many ways of thinking about what untapped capital could be: people, ideas, networks, raw materials, varied resources, and modes of communication. The topic of Untapped Capital provides a meeting place for developing alternative thinking, new methodologies, new solutions, and new goals.


After Hours 2 is made possible with the generous support of Sotheby’s.


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