PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city of Plainfield is the fourth municipality selected by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to participate in Union County’s first “Art Outside The Box” public art project.  

Four original artworks will be selected to cover four traffic control boxes throughout Plainfield. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will award $200 to each artist whose artwork is selected. The final day to submit artwork is Monday, Aug. 24.

Painters, photographers, printmakers, graphic computer/digital artists and other 2D visual artists, residing and working in Union County, are encouraged to participate, for free, by submitting up to four different designs to be considered for the art project. 

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“The Freeholder Board is pleased to include Plainfield in this year’s collaborative creative placemaking pilot project,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “By integrating visual art with public spaces, Art Outside The Box seeks to provide our communities with opportunities that celebrate creativity, enhance community identity, and encourage cultural tourism.”

This art project is themed diversity and submitted work should be colorful, uplifting and age-appropriate. Submissions will be selected based on artistic excellence, technical merit, the ability to complement the setting and how well it translates into large-scale viewing.

The selected artwork will be reproduced on a special vinyl adhesive film and professionally applied to the exterior of the four traffic control boxes located at the following four intersections in Plainfield:

  • South Avenue and Terrill Road

  • Randolph Road and Park Avenue

  • Park Avenue and 7th Street

  • South Avenue and Leland Avenue

According to the Union County Office of Public Information, “Art Outside The Box is a new countywide creative placemaking project created to support Union County visual artists by offering a nontraditional exhibition opportunity that broadens and diversifies public exposure to art murals. Entries will be juried and selected for the program based on artistic excellence, technical merit, the ability to complement the setting and how well it translates into large-scale viewing.”

For further details about how to participate, please call the Union County Department of Cultural Heritage at (908) 558-2550 or visit ucnj.org/artoutsidethebox.

Details about the project, including entry form, traffic control box locations, reference samples, and artist agreement are available online at www.ucnj.org/artoutsidethebox.

 

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