Calling all artists!

November 28, 2022

Hudson Square BID is excited to announce an open call for NYC-based artists to design and paint a series of creative wayfinding artworks in the Hudson Square neighborhood. The selected artist or artist team will paint original artwork on 20” diameter fiberglass spheres to be installed in tree pits along the route between the heart of Hudson Square and Hudson River Park. The selected proposal for art will reflect the identity of Hudson Square and connect people, the neighborhood, and the waterfront. This project seeks to create meaningful landmarks in our built environment and reflect our diverse, creative community.

Hudson Square is defined by its creative industries, unique and cohesive architecture, and vibrant streets. The area is primarily commercial with a growing residential community. The Hudson Square Business Improvement District (HSBID) is doing its part to build a community that is connected, welcoming, and inspiring. HSBID has prioritized public art and people-focused streetscapes since its inception a dozen years ago. Hudson Square Canvas, our public art program, was designed to create an inviting pedestrian environment along Varick Street between Clarkson and Canal Streets. Along this corridor is a large-scale urban art gallery featuring original artworks from contemporary artists whose styles complement Hudson Square’s values and identity. In Freeman Plaza East, HSBID created a colorful, fun, and enticing art park, which is home to a Noguchi sculpture, eye-catching fence art installation, art-covered piano, and pedestrian mural. This project will build upon the success of these previous projects and add to the growing public art gallery in the neighborhood.

Submission and Selection Process:

Submission Deadline: December 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST

  • Artists are asked to submit sample images of past work along with a narrative outlining the concept for this specific site.
  • The selected artist will be notified in late January 2023, with installation to begin in May 2023.
  • Selection will be made by members of the HSBID staff in consultation with members of our Board of Directors and Streetscape Task Force.

Full submission details available in the creative brief.

Digital PDF versions of proposals should be submitted via email to HSBID’s Planning Associate, Carson Menkes, before 5:00 pm EST Friday, December 23, 2022


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