The Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant will support the creation of artworks by New York City-based emerging artists for 10 designated parks. The parks are highly visible, but underserved by cultural programming. The UNIQLO grant program will transform these locations into art destinations through a series of rotating exhibitions.
Grants will be issued to 10 emerging artists with the most compelling public art proposals. Generously funded by UNIQLO, each grantee will receive an award of $10,000 to create their proposed artwork.
Installations will be presented in the following parks:
Bronx: Joyce Kilmer Park and Virginia Park
Brooklyn: Fort Greene Park and Herbert Von King Park
Manhattan: Seward Park and Thomas Jefferson Park
Queens: Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Rufus King Park
Staten Island: Faber Park and Tappen Park
Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the parks before submitting a proposal. Proposals will be judged according to artistic and creative merit, response to the surrounding community, and suitability to the site. Priority will be given to proposals that respond directly to the park and its neighborhood.
This award is open to New York City-based emerging artists only—artists who have specialized training in their field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), who are at an early stage in their career, and who have created a modest independent body of work.
Artists who are enrolled in a school, college or university are not eligible for the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant.
Proposals for previously exhibited sculptures will not be accepted.