Call for artists: GoUptown.NYC banner artwork

GoUptown.NYC will install light pole banners throughout Northern Manhattan. These banners will be up for six months, from June through November 2016. Washington Heights BID is asking local artists to submit creative artwork for the banners with the theme of “the Best of Uptown Manhattan.” Submission deadline (extended): 24 April 2015, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Washington Heights Business Improvement District

In 2016, the Washington Heights Business Improvement District (BID) will implement GoUptown.NYC, a marketing and events program that celebrates the vibrant, diverse and unique culture of Washington Heights and Inwood. It will highlight the best of life in Northern Manhattan by bringing a series of arts, culinary, health and beauty experiences.

Coinciding with the 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll, GoUptown.NYC will install light pole banners throughout Northern Manhattan. These banners will be up for six months, from June through November 2016. Washington Heights BID is asking local artists to submit creative artwork for the banners with the theme of “The Best of Uptown Manhattan.”

The banners will be 96″H x 36″W size. Please submit art that will be conducive to the banner specs.

For more information on the initiative, please contact the Executive Director of the Washington Heights BID, +1 212 928-3400,

Eligibility

  • Artist must be a resident of Washington Heights–Inwood or West Harlem (West 135th to 220th Street).
  • Artist may submit only one (1) image for consideration.

Submission requirements

  • Entry must be submitted by e-mail to by Sunday 24 April 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT (submission deadline extended). Please write “GoUptown.NYC banner contest” in the subject line of your e-mail message.
  • Image file must be a high-resolution (300 dpi only) JPG or PDF without the artist’s name.
  • E-mail entry must include:
    • Artist’s full name (first and last)
    • Artist’s brief bio or artist statement
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
    • Art work title and media

Winner selection

A panel of distinguished judges, drawn from the local arts community, will select the artwork that will represent the 2016 GoUptown.NYC initiative. Consideration will be given to eye-catching, original and unpublished images. Three winning designs will be selected. Notifications will be sent out via e-mail in the first week of May.

Selected winners agree:

  • The selected images will be used in the banners that will represent and promote the 2016 GoUptown.NYC initiative. The BID will work with you to include additional text in the banner, such as dates, contact information, sponsors, etc.
  • Allow images to be used in any publications with the following dimensions:
    • Banner: 96″H x 36″W size
    • Other marketing and promotional materials
  • Allow for full color and B&W reproduction.

Grand prize:

  • Each winning artist will receive a $200 honorarium
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Call for artists: Uptown Arts Review 2016

As part of the Uptown Arts Stroll 2016, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) invites artists to submit their work for Uptown Arts Review 2016, an exhibition featuring work by artists of Northern Manhattan. Deadline for submissions (extended): Sunday 24 April 2016.

As part of the Uptown Arts Stroll 2016, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) invites artists to submit their work for Uptown Arts Review 2016, an exhibition featuring work by artists of Northern Manhattan.

Deadline for submissions (extended): Sunday 24 April 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT

Eligibility: All artists residing in the Manhattan communities of El Barrio, Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights and Marble Hill.

Submission guidelines

Please follow these guidelines carefully.

  • Wall-hung works in all fine art media will be considered for the exhibit. Maximum width of all artworks is 24” (including frame).
  • All submissions must consist of:
    • Submission form, including artist information, a brief artist statement, and an image list with information on each artwork (Word format, label as “LastName_FirstName_UptownArtsReview_2016_SubmisionForm.docx”).
    • Bio/résumé (one-page maximum (Word format, label as “LastName_FirstName_Resume.docx”).
    • Four digital images of available work not exceeding 24” wide, including frame. Format and label images as per specifications on the submission form.

Important dates

(All dates to be confirmed.)

  • Submission deadline (extended): Sunday 24 April 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Notification: first week in May
  • Delivery of accepted works, at the Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Drive (at 135th Street), New York, NY 10031: Tuesday 31 May and Wednesday 1 June 2016
  • Opening reception: Monday 6 June 2016, 6–8 p.m.
  • Exhibit dates: 6–30 June 2016
  • Closing reception and artist talk/workshop: Monday 20 June 2016, 6–8 p.m.
  • Pick-up of work: 5 and 6 July 2016 (TBC)

Accepted work

Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

  • Participating artists must provide all of the requested materials by the dates indicated above.
  • All artwork must be ready to hang.
  • All artwork must be presented in a professional manner (including: professional-grade framing, matting and display materials.) All works must have hanging wire attached to the back (2” below top edge of work); no other hanging hardware will be accepted. The gallery has a railing system with rods and hooks; no picture hanging hooks or nails will be used on the walls.
  • All work must be labeled on the back with artist’s name.
  • All artwork must be available for exhibition for the duration of the show.
  • Sales of artworks are not conducted by NoMAA. However, a price list will be available, and artists will be contacted directly by interested buyers. We suggest a donation of 15% of the sale to NoMAA to help sustain our gallery.
  • Images of the artwork may be used by NoMAA for promotion of the exhibit (for non-commercial purposes only).
  • Artists will be asked to participate in an Artist Talk.

Please note that Broadway Housing Communities has insurance coverage for the Rio II Gallery, 583 Riverside Drive. There is, however, no fine arts insurance for individual pieces.

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Call for artists: 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance announces the 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest, open to Washington Heights–Inwood and West Harlem artists. Submission deadline (extended): 24 April 2015, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

2015 Uptown Art Stroll poster contest winner Edwin Ureña celebrates with his family. (Photo: Michael Palma.)
2015 Uptown Art Stroll poster contest winner Edwin Ureña celebrates with his family. (Photo: Michael Palma.)

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance announces the 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest, open to Washington Heights–Inwood and West Harlem artists.

For this year’s submissions for the poster contest, artists are asked to incorporate these elements into their proposed art work:

  • Theme: Arts and history in Northern Manhattan.
  • Include “Uptown Arts Stroll, June 2016” in the design.

(Note: You can also submit your design to the BID/GoUptown.NYC initiative.)

Eligibility

  • Artist must be a resident of Washington Heights–Inwood or West Harlem (West 135th to 220th Street).
  • Artist may submit only one (1) image for consideration.

Submission requirements

  • Entry must be submitted by e-mail to by Sunday 24 April 2016, 11:59 p.m. EDT (extended). Please write “Arts Stroll poster contest” in the subject line of your e-mail message.
  • Image file must be a high-resolution (300 dpi only) JPG or PDF without the artist’s name.
  • E-mail entry must include:
    • Artist’s full name (first and last)
    • Artist’s brief bio or artist statement
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
    • Art work title and media

Winner selection

A panel of distinguished judges, drawn from the local arts community, will select the artwork that will represent the 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll. Consideration will be given to eye-catching, original and unpublished images. Notifications will be sent out via e-mail the first week in May.

Selected winner agrees:

  • The selected image will be used in the poster that will represent and promote the 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll. NoMAA will work with you to include additional text in the Uptown Arts Stroll poster, such as dates, contact information, sponsors, etc.
  • Allow image to be used in any publications with the following dimensions:
    • Poster: 11 x 17 in.
    • Other marketing and promotional materials
  • Allow for full color and B&W reproduction.

Grand prize:

  • $500 honorarium
  • Exclusive graphic representation throughout the 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll
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Women Artists Salon – Ask a Professional

Please join the artists of “Women in the Heights – Transitions” as they share their processes and visions, followed by “Ask a Professional” where curator Andrea Arroyo will address questions on career development, professional practices and available artists’ opportunities. Date: 23 March 2016.

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016, 6–8 p.m.

Location: Rio III Gallery, Sugar Hill Building, 898 St Nicholas Avenue (at 155th Street), 9th floor, New York, NY

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Please join the artists of Women in the Heights – Transitions as they share their processes and visions, followed by “Ask a Professional” where curator Andrea Arroyo will address questions on career development, professional practices and available artists’ opportunities.

The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

Participating artists: Gloria Adams, Coqle Aragrev, Eileen Burgess, Amara Clark, Karin Dando Haenisch, Montserrat Daubon, Tiffany Dugan, Risa Ehrlich, Mira Gandy, Julann Gebbie, Vanessa Germosen, Xóchitl Cristina Gil-Higuchi, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Cynthia Hartling, Carla Hernandez, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Andrea Kornbluth, Amaryllis León, Hye Ryung Na, Rosa Naparstek, Eva Nikolova, Nancy Palubniak, Stina Petersen, Imani Razat, Sarah Rowe, Susan Stair, Yasuyo Tanaka, Ching Wen Tsai, Minerva Urrutia, Aislinn Weidele.

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Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance announces new Acting Executive Director

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) announces the hiring of Ms. Joanna E. Castro as Acting Executive Director effective immediately.

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) announces the hiring of Ms. Joanna E. Castro as Acting Executive Director effective immediately.

Ms. Castro is a bilingual (English-Spanish) arts administrator with a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) and a M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management from Universidad Carlos III (Madrid, Spain). She was the Program Director at NoMAA (2012–2014) and has been an Inwood resident since early 2013.

Ms. Castro will continue spearheading NoMAA’s programming, including the Women in the Heights – Transitions exhibit and its upcoming artist talk and Ask a Professional Workshop (March 23, 6–8 p.m.) in partnership with the Broadway Housing Communities and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling as well as the 13th edition of the Uptown Arts Stroll (June 2016) and other arts and community development programs.

Ms. Castro is thrilled to continue working and strengthening ties between the community and artists in Northern Manhattan. She is very happy to be living and working in the city where she was born.

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NoMAA Newsletter – 3 March 2016

NoMAA workshops and other happenings :: local events :: events around town :: opportunities

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NoMAA exhibition: Women in the Heights – Transitions

In celebration of Women’s History Month, NoMAA, in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities and The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, presents the exhibition “Women in the Heights – Transitions,” featuring the work of thirty women artists of Uptown Manhattan. Dates: 4–29 March 2016. Opening reception: 4 March 2016.

NoMAA Exhibition: Women in the Heights – Transitions

Location: Rio III Gallery, Sugar Hill Building, 898 St Nicholas Avenue (at 155th Street), 9th floor, New York, NY 10032

Dates: 4–29 March 2016

Gallery hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., or by appointment (call +1 212 568-2030)

Opening reception: Friday 4 March 2016, 6–9 p.m.

Artists’ Salon and “Ask a Professional”: Wednesday 23 March 2016, 6–8 p.m.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities and The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, presents the exhibition Women in the Heights – Transitions, featuring the work of thirty women artists of Uptown Manhattan. Curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Participating Artists: Gloria Adams, Coqle Aragrev, Eileen Burgess, Amara Clark, Karin DandoHaenisch, Montserrat Daubon, Tiffany Dugan, Risa Ehrlich, Mira Gandy, Julann Gebbie, Vanessa Germosen, Xóchitl Cristina Gil-Higuchi, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Cynthia Hartling, Carla Hernandez, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Andrea Kornbluth, Amaryllis León, Hye Ryung Na, Rosa Naparstek, Eva Nikolova, Nancy Palubniak, Stina Petersen, Imani Razat, Sarah Rowe, Susan Stair, Yasuyo Tanaka, Ching Wen Tsai, Minerva Urrutia, Aislinn Weidele.

Free and open to the public.

Photos from the opening reception

Women in the Heights – Transitions – Opening reception

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