2015-01-28 / Front Page

Award-Winning Artwork To Stand In Court Square

BY THOMAS COGAN

Court Square Park in Long Island City will be the site of 2015’s Claire Weiss Emerging Artist Award-winning artwork.  It will be chosen in the spring by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation 
and installed in the park in the fall, to remain on exhibit there for a year. 
Court Square Park in Long Island City will be the site of 2015’s Claire Weiss Emerging Artist Award-winning artwork. It will be chosen in the spring by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and installed in the park in the fall, to remain on exhibit there for a year. Court Square Park in Long Island City will be the site of the artwork that wins this year’s Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award, to be presented by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.  The award has been granted annually since 2011 to an artist living in New York who submits a proposal for an outdoor sculpture that NYC Parks judges agree is “most compelling.”  Applications will be accepted until Sunday, March 22.  The winner will be named in the spring and in the fall can install her or his exhibition in the park, where it will remain for a year.  The award includes $10,000 that goes toward the making and installation of the artwork, its maintenance and removal, and insurance. 

In addition to being city residents, emerging artists must have specialized training in the field of art, be in the early stages of their careers and have accumulated at least a small body of independent work, according to the judges.  Artists currently enrolled in a school, college or university are not eligible.

Queens is the fifth and last of the boroughs to exhibit a winner of this award, which is chosen for placement in a neighborhood considered underserved by public art.  The award was first granted in 2011 in memory of Clare Weiss, NYC Parks’ curator for public art from 2005 to 2009, who died of breast cancer in January 2010, aged 43.  The first placement was in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn.  Subsequent installations were in Joyce Kilmer Park in The Bronx; Tappen Park in Staten Island; and Sara Delano Roosevelt Park in Manhattan.

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