Mayor Madden, Project Partners Announce Finalists for Uniting Line Public Art Project

Mayor Madden, Project Partners Announce Finalists for Uniting Line Public Art Project

Mayor Madden, Project Partners Announce Finalists for Uniting Line Public Art Project

Three regional artists selected as finalists to create artwork for permanent display under the Hoosick Street underpass

The Uniting Line public art project will transform and reactivate the area beneath the Collar City Bridge between Troy’s Downtown and North Central neighborhood

Project part of collaborative effort between the City of Troy, Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc., and Collar Works

Troy one of 16 cities nationwide selected for grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative



TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden and project partners for The Uniting Line public art project today announced the three regional artists selected as finalists to create artwork for permanent display under the Hoosick Street underpass in the Collar City’s North Central neighborhood.

Mayor Madden said, “Public art has the power to transform and inspire community action around neighborhood pride and beautification. I’m proud to support public art projects like The Uniting Line and eagerly await the start of this exciting initiative to reimagine the Hoosick Street Bridge underpass.”

Belinda Colón, Curator, The Arts Center of the Capital Region said, “We want to thank all the participating artists in this call for submission, all of whose work was thoughtfully presented and wonderfully creative. With the high level of artwork received, it was challenging to make the final decision. We hope to continue to work with those not chosen for this project in the future, and look forward to bringing this exciting project to life in Troy.”

The Uniting Line partners received 16 applications and chose three finalists to move forward in the process. The finalists were chosen by the Uniting Line partners with recommendations provided by local and regional community members on the Uniting Line Artist Advisory Panel. The three finalists are:

  • Fernando Orellana is an Associate Professor of Digital Art in the Visual Arts Department at Union College. Orellana has collaborated with robots for over twenty years to make artwork. As a machine designer, a technologist and a user, Orellana has blurred the line between himself and the machine in the creative process. He received a Master of Fine Art from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Fine Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Orellana was born in El Salvador, San Salvador and now resides in the Capital Region.

    More info, www.fernandoorellana.com

  • Jade Warrick is a visual designer who focuses on art accessibility, global design, and using art to bring healing and wealth to communities; especially among communities of color. Some of Jade Warrick’s work explores ways to connect local stories and art into a communicative piece that in turn can bring equity and healing. Jade has experience as a sculptor, muralist, illustrator, and community organizer within the arts. Warrick is originally from Los Angeles CA but now resides in the Capital Region.

    More info, www.instagram.com/trashkid_art

  • Simona Bortis-Schultz is an art director, designer, and illustrator with a focus on illustration work aiming to capture the elusive magic and ethereal qualities of treasured stories. Simona holds a double BA in Advertising and Visual Design, from the University of Oregon, and is currently pursuing an MFA in graphic design at the Vermont College of Fine Art. Originally from Romania, enjoys life in rural, upstate NY with her family.

    More info, www.figure8design.net

The Uniting Line Partners are currently working with the three finalists to present their proposals to local and regional community members to review and provide feedback. Local and regional community feedback will inform the decision that will become the final project.

To get involved with the project, please email Belinda Colón, Curator, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, [email protected].

For more info, please visit www.artscenteronline.org/publicart/uniting-line

Background

The Uniting Line will transform a 500 foot stretch of road under the Hoosick Street Bridge – an urban void that acts as a massive divider between downtown Troy and North Central Troy – into a space that draws people together, uniting what a highway divided. Through creative placemaking, the project will unify the area graphically, revitalize and beautify the area, encourage more pedestrian activity, and serve as a backdrop to activities that take place at the adjacent basketball courts and other open spaces.

Earlier this year, The Arts Center of the Capital Region released a call for submissions from Regional Artists for The Uniting Line Underpass Mural project to transform the underpass area of the Hoosick Street Bridge (Rt.7) in Troy, NY, focusing on the cement pillars between the areas of River Street and 6th Avenue. Regional Artists were defined as artists who live within the core Capital Region counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington and Warren counties.

The project leadership team includes: Barbara Nelson, Executive Director, TAP, Inc.; Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski; Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director, Collar Works; Elizabeth Reiss, CEO of The Arts Center of the Capital Region; and Belinda Colón, Curator, The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

The Uniting Line project partners thank and acknowledge the support from the following generous sponsors: Bloomberg Philanthropies; Chet and Karen Opalka; First Columbia; Gwen Krause; and the Troy Redevelopment Foundation.

Public Art in Troy

Last July, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the selection of the City of Troy as one of 16 cities nationwide to receive a $25,000 Asphalt Art Initiative grant for implementation of The Uniting Line, a public art mural project planned for beneath the Collar City Bridge in collaboration with the Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc., and Collar Works. The Asphalt Art Initiative funds public art projects that help improve street and pedestrian safety, revitalize underutilized public space, and engage local communities around public art.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art initiative recognizes Troy’s continued use of public art to bring together transformative change and shared community experiences. Troy was previously selected for a winning grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for the 2016 collaborative public art project ‘Breathing Lights’ with Albany and Schenectady.

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Elizabeth Reiss, CEO
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