ArtScape Jamestown Opens Its Call for Artists

by | Feb 7, 2023 | Uncategorized

ArtScape Jamestown is inviting local artists to submit their work for a new public art program between now and April 7, 2023. 

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is partnering with Chautauqua Art Gallery and the City of Jamestown Park’s Department to create an outdoor public art gallery in downtown Jamestown, N.Y. Artists of all ages are invited to participate in this juried art competition. 

ArtScape aims to represent a diverse group of regional artists from all walks of life. Selected works will be reproduced on banners to hang on light posts throughout the downtown area. Chautauqua Art Gallery, on Main Street in Downtown Jamestown, supports this program as the host sponsor, displaying the original works of art and coordinating artists and banner production.

ArtScape will create an outdoor gallery experience in the heart of the community. The colorful banners add interest and intrigue to the downtown streetscape, encouraging pedestrians and vehicle traffic to slow down and enjoy the display. Each banner showcases local artists, highlighting the creativity and talent of artists who live and work in the region.

Interested artists may submit up to three works for consideration to the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. These works are juried by a selection committee. Participating artists range in age and skill level. The chosen pieces are professionally photographed for display on the banners. Local businesses can sponsor a banner, and the names of the artist and the sponsor are featured on the banner. At the end of the show, the banners are removed and given to the sponsor, or the sponsor may choose to donate the banner to the artist. They are encouraged to display the banner in their place of business, highlighting their support for enriching the community through public art programs.

Banners will be hung in June of 2023, and a brochure with a walking tour of the banners will be distributed.

“I am thrilled to help bring the ArtScape Banner Program to Jamestown.”, said Leslie Calimeri, owner of Chautauqua Art Gallery on Main Street in Jamestown. “This program is the perfect way to showcase the wide range of talented artists living in our community. It creates a true sense of community and brings beautiful works of art to the heart of our downtown.”

“This unique program will improve the character and walkability of downtown while engaging the arts and business communities. We are excited to be working with Chautauqua Art Gallery to develop this program in downtown Jamestown”, said Frank Besse, Urban Core Director of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. 

Interested artists and those interested in sponsoring a banner can find information and an application at https://www.jamestownrenaissance.org/artscape/  The deadline for both artists and sponsorship is April 7, 2023.

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a non-profit and public-private partnership focused on downtown redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization. 

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