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Mural Design Contest Draws 65+ Submissions

July 18, 2016 by imc-editor

The Dept. of Public Art (DPA) received more than 65 submissions to its design contest for a mural slated for the rear of the Binghamton Plaza along the Chenango River Trail, which is also the site of this year's Mural Fest 2016 at Cheri Lindsey Park. "We were very impressed with the quality of the submissions and the enthusiasm of the artists for Binghamton's future," said Mark Bowers. "The review committee found it challenging to choose 8 designs to send to the City for final approval." All submissions were anonymous to the committee. This wall is visible from across the Chenango River which makes it part of the Binghamton Gateway.  The contest, which carries a $1000 prize, 75% of which was donated by the Mayor's Office, attracted some national but mostly local artists.

            "We are grateful to Michael Galesi and Galesi Development, owner of the Binghamton Plaza property, for his forward thinking in allowing us to paint a mural on this building," commented Mark Bowers, one of the coordinators for Mural Fest 2016. Mr. Galesi, as well as the newly formed Public Arts Advisory Board and Mayor Rich David will have input on the final design.

            Mural Fest 2016 co-sponsored by DPA and re-BOLD Binghamton is slated for September 17th, and will be held along the Chenango River Trail at Cheri Lindsey Park. The pool house at the Park will also be painted on that day. There will also be art activities for children and adults. Last year's Mural Fest created more than 30 mural panels which were subsequently placed on boarded up buildings in Binghamton, a program which continues.

            Both this and last year's Mural Fest were funded in part by the Chenango Co Arts Council (NYS Decentralization grant) with help from the Hoyt Foundation, as well as by the Broome County Tourism fund and other funding sources. Additional fundraising will be needed for supplies and actual painting of the mural. View all 8 finalists on the Dept. of Public Art Facebook page. (Note all are anonymous until the judging is final

NEW DPA Installation at KNOW Theatre

June 19, 2016 by pegjohnston

Photo: DPA installs Three Panel on the fence in front of KNOW Theatre as well as on 5 boarded up windows.

Mark Bowers, DPA member and now a member of the KNOW Theatre, initiated an installation of mural panels to beautify and  draw attention to the theatre. Mural panels were painted last year by Bruce Greig and Kady Perry's BCC Mural ART Class. "This is a great melding of two art forms," said Bowers, "and a great use of these panels by many young artists."

Blight Mural Project Final Report

December 27, 2015 by pegjohnston

The Dept. of Public Art received a $5000 grant from the Chenango Co. Arts Council and the Hoyt Foundation in 2015 to place murals on blighted properties. In all, DPA volunteers placed 37 panels on 11 sites.

The Blight as Our Canvas project aimed to post temporary murals on blighted properties in Binghamton. The goal of the project was to get public art into neighborhoods and to improve the appearance of blighted properties. Audiences included neighborhood residents, local artists interested in painting, and property owners trying to improve their buildings.

Cat Fishing

October 3, 2015 by pegjohnston

This mural was painted by Susan Champeny and members of the Dept. of Public Art in one week, and installed September 27th at 21 Jarvis St. with the permission of the owner. The project was funded by the Chenango Co Arts Council and the Hoyt Foundation through the NYS Decentralization Program.

 

Cat Fishing

Mural Fest 2015

July 4, 2015 by pegjohnston

Painting at Mural Fest 2015

Mural Fest 2015

Mural

July 4, 2015 by pegjohnston

One of the panels from Mural Fest 2015, available for posting on a boarded up building. This is by Dexter Holmes and commemorates a friend who passed away.

Mural

Mural Fest 2015 Supporters

July 4, 2015 by pegjohnston

This ice cream cone was painted by Mayumi Park of the Dept of Public Art to acknowledge the support of businesses and organizations for the Mural Fest 2015.  The panel is posted at 511 Chenango St. Binghamton.

 

Mural Fest 2015 Supporters

Food Mural for the Northside

July 4, 2015 by pegjohnston

This mural at 511 Chenango St. consists of 11 murals with a food theme, because the Northside is a "food desert", lacking a grocery store. It was painted at Mural Fest 2015 by local artists and installed Memorial Day. Murals are  free to area property owners with boarded up buildings. The DPA is a volunteer group that creates and promotes public art. This project is made possible with public funds from the Chenango Arts Council’s Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Food Mural for the Northside

Free Murals

July 4, 2015 by pegjohnston

These are a few of the murals available free to area property owners with boarded up buildings. Several were painted by famous mural artists at Mural Fest 2015. The DPA is a volunteer group that creates and promotes public art. This project is made possible with public funds from the Chenango Arts Council’s Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Additional support for Broome County provided by the Stewart W. & Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.

Free Murals

Murals for Free

July 4, 2015 by pegjohnston

These are a few of the murals available free to area property owners with boarded up buildings. Several were painted by famous mural artists at Mural Fest 2015. The DPA is a volunteer group that creates and promotes public art. This project is made possible with public funds from the Chenango Arts Council’s Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Additional support for Broome County provided by the Stewart W. & Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.

Murals for Free
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