Art on the Ave – CALL for “CONNECTIONS”

Art on the Ave


Show Title: Connections

Using the work of local New York artists, we wish to spark a conversation about the “connections” that make a community. The act of connecting is that of building relationships between ideas, people, and environments. It bridges many disciplines and means something different to everyone. We want to explore this concept as we reflect on what it means to connect in modern times based on unique experiences. 

It is up to the artist how to interpret “connections.” From human connection, the sense of belonging a person can experience when having supportive relationships with those around them, to connection between like or different ideas to gain a better understanding of the world, to professional or commercial connection, or anywhere in between.

Think about it from a personal perspective as those relationships that foster a sense of closeness, growth, and learning, from a social perspective as those links that bring communities together, from an environmental perspective as the ways in which we relate to nature, and a from a commercial perspective as those interactions that take place within a neighborhood.

What will the project look like? 

Art on the Ave uses vacant storefronts and existing businesses in high-visibility locations to create interactive art exhibitions for all to enjoy. Our next exhibition will be a collaboration between Art on the Ave NYC and the Inwood Merchant Association, with the support of NoMAA. All three organizations work to enrich neighborhoods and foster a sense of place. 

We want to highlight Inwood, home to smaller, independent businesses, a vibrant creative culture, schools and people from around the globe.This is a place where architectural legacy, commercial resources, and new development exist in harmony.

We want to spotlight this neighborhood’s shops, restaurants, outdoor markets and vendors, its vibrant art scene, its schools, and its people. This is a place where culture, community, and commerce converge.

Submissions should reflect, in a literal or symbolic way, our organizations’values. Inclusivity, empathy, equity, growth, action, and activism are some of the key values that applicants can integrate. We look at artist statements closely to ensure that they reflect the exhibition theme. 

Technical Parameters: 

Artwork must be:

  • 2-dimensional
  • There are two sizes of gallery walls. 2ft wide and 4ft wide. Pieces CANNOT exceed 36in by 36in.
  • Gallery-Ready (ie. photography must be framed either without glass or with non-reflective glass, canvas must be stretched)

Project Timeline: 

  • September 30th, 2023: Application Deadline
  • October 7th, 2023: Selections Announced
  • October 15th, 2023: Deadline for artwork to be deposited at storage facility
  • November 1st, 2023: Installation
  • January 31st, 2024: End of Project

Application Requirements: (Application Form Below)

  • Artist Statement (including rationale detailing why the submission meets the mandate of the project
  • Artist Bio 
  • Resume
  • Links to website and social media channels (if applicable) 
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Artwork Image – May submit up to 3 pieces for consideration (submitted as a JPeg or PNG, maximum 5 MB per image) 
  • Artwork medium and dimensions (dimensions should reflect the final framed size if the piece will be framed) 
  • Price (cannot exceed $3,000)

Applications not submitted according to our guidelines may not be considered. 

Please note, our exhibitions are contingent on spaces being donated by property owners. Therefore, we can not guarantee that an exhibition will move forward until we know which spaces are confirmed

For any queries please email


Listing expiration: September 30, 2023.