East Orange Black Lives Matter Mural

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Manufacturers Village Artists in collaboration with Liquitex, the Arts Council of East Orange (ACEO), and Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate is pleased to announce a mural project set to engage and employ artists from the City of East Orange and surrounding areas. The Black Lives Matter Mural Project is a community initiative for change. Our intention is to create a mural combining the work of individual artists.

The community mural will be prominently located at the historic Manufacturers Village in East Orange, New Jersey. Built in the 1880s, this Victorian industrial complex was the original corporate headquarters of Johnson & Johnson, then known as Seabury and Johnson. It has since transformed into a diverse community of creative makers and small businesses and is now a nexus for artists working in a variety of creative practices including filmmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, and public art.

Manufacturers Village continues to be operated by direct descendants of the Seabury family, the Hubert family, who initiated the Black Lives Matter Mural Project to make a bold, supportive statement and to designate Manufacturers Village and the City of East Orange as a place of creativity, community, and social awareness.

The location for the Black Lives Matter community mural will be the largest parking lot at Manufacturers Village located on Glenwood Place, between Glenwood Avenue and Prospect Street. The mural will be nearly 20,000 square feet and will become the largest public art installation in the City of East Orange. Mural design and production will take place during Winter/Spring 2021.

Selected artists will be paid to design and paint individual letters in the Black Lives Matter Mural. The lead artist on the project, Malcolm Rolling, a lifelong East Orange resident, and muralist, was engaged to design the outline structure for the Black Lives Matter Mural. After extensive research, he chose a typeface created by Tre Seals, an African American Designer & Typographer. The selected typeface is titled Marsha, inspired by Marsha P. Johnson, an African American, a transgender woman from New Jersey, and a prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. See the mural design outline above.

The project team and artists participating in this historic initiative will be filmed during the planning, design, and production processes, as the subject of a documentary being produced by award-winning, New Jersey-based filmmaker Kiymora Smith of The Gold Standard Productions.

All submitting artists will be registered in a planned Arts Council of East Orange (ACEO) Artist Registry.

The selected artists will receive $500 a letter. Artists will be assigned one or more letters in the mural design. All paint and materials will be provided by Liquitex. Volunteers will be available for final design and production assistance as needed.

The selected artists will be registered in the Liquitex Artist Talent Pool to be considered for future collaboration opportunities.

The Black Lives Matter Mural Project and selected artists will be highlighted on the www.liquitex.com website, along with their other global collaborations and special projects.

The following jurors will review submissions and make the final artist selections:
Willie Cole is a contemporary American sculptor, printer, and perceptual engineer. His work has been the subject of several one-person museum exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
Gwendolyn Barrington Jackson a.k.a. Arri, is a modern mixed-media visual artist, former president and current advisory board member of the Arts Council of East Orange, facilitator of the Gallery Under the Stairs in East Orange City Hall and serves on the AACC at the Montclair Art Museum.
Ife East is a graduate of Montclair State University, worldwide traveler, art educator in East Orange & Chairman of the Visual Arts Department at Newark School of the Arts.
Yvette Lucas, BFA is a photographer & printmaker who finds her primary inspiration in nature and is a resident artist at Manufacturer’s Village.
Jimmy Leslie is a Painter, former College Art Professor and currently Resident Artist for the Fine Art Brands at Liquitex.

This call is open to artists who live, work, or play (?) in East Orange, NJ. All submitting artists automatically qualify to be included n the planned Arts Council of East Orange artists registry.Selected artists will be chosen on the basis of individual creativity. Colorful submissions are encouraged, but not required.

Submitting artists must provide the following:

A biography and/or resume (.pdf format preferred)
Samples of works (up to 3) (.jpg format preferred)
Proposed artwork incorporated into a mural outline template
Download the mural sample outline letterform template & fill-in the letter “B” using the preferred medium that best conveys your design concept.
An image of your proposed artwork must be uploaded as part of your submitted application.

All submissions must be received by midnight on Friday, November 27, 2020.
Selected artists will be notified and announced beginning Monday, December 13, 2020.

Contact Information:

Contact Name:

Christine Romanell


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356 Glenwood Ave
East Orange, NJ 07017
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