NYC Parks and UNIQLO USA announced the ten artists selected for the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant for 2017. The UNIQLO grant, which accepted proposals last fall, is part of NYC Parks’ initiative to increase cultural and arts programming in previously underserved parks. Each artist will receive $10,000 to execute his or her piece and installation will begin this June.
The chosen locations are Joyce Kilmer Park and Virginia Park in the Bronx; Fort Greene Park and Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn; Thomas Jefferson Park and Seward Park in Manhattan; Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Rufus King Park in Queens; and Tappen Park and Faber Park in Staten Island. The judges, a committee of art professionals and community members, selected proposals that not only had creative and artistic merit, but also responded to the park and its surroundings.
The winning artists and their submissions for each borough are:
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, Constellation, in Seward Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Capucine Bourcart, LINOUQ, in Thomas Jefferson Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Blythe Cain, Circadia, in Fort Greene Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Musa Hixson, The Conversation Sculpture, in Herbert Von King Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme, Flying High for Equality, Joyce Kilmer Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Lovie Pignata, Daylighting, Virgina Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Sam Holleran and Patrick Rowe, Mobile Print Power, in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Risa Puno, Common Ground, in Rufus King Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Fitzhugh Karol, Vio, in Tappen Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)
Lina Montoya, Mariposas Lamps, in Faber Park. (Courtesy NYC Parks)