Beekman Street Artist Banners v4.0

Kicks off in May 2014 and will run through October 2015

(for immediate release; contact Rob Rutigliano at 845-838-0839 or at rrutig@optonline.net)

Beacon, NY – The Rutigliano Group, a nonprofit organization in Beacon, New York that fosters economic development through the arts, announces the open call for their successful artist banner series on Beekman Street in Beacon.  For six years in three rounds, two dozen thirteen foot tall double sided banners have led visitors up from the train and Dia: Beacon to Main Street galleries, shops and restaurants.  The fourth round of banners will be produced this year and will be up from May through October in 2014 and 2015.  Each banner side features a detail of an existing work by a local artist.  Signage along the banner installation will lead visitors to beaconcool.com for further information about each artist along with links to their own sites.

While preference is given to artists who live, work or show in and around Beacon, this round will also be open to artists throughout the Hudson Valley – Dutchess County, Putnam County, Northern Westchester County, Orange County, Ulster County and Lower Columbia County.

“We are so proud to have been able to introduce visitors and residents alike to the magnificent world-class artists who call the Hudson Valley home,” says Cabot Parsons, a Rutigliano Group board member and founder of the banner project.  “With this round we will have served over 100 artists in a variety of media in what is arguably the largest rotating gallery in the region.  Over a quarter million visitors and area residents see these banners ever year.  That’s a lot of great exposure for the artists as well as a joyful way to welcome all of these people to the vibrant arts community here in Beacon.”  In addition to the banners, The Rutigliano Group produces projects, concerts and events throughout the year in and around Beacon, and in 2012 won the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award for “Art in Public Places” for a similar project, The Beacons of Music.

Artists chosen will work with the committee to select the appropriate work and detail to be shown.  There is no cost to the artist either to apply or to produce the banner, though artists will be required to provide a very high resolution electronic file of the final image chosen at their cost.  Discounted photographic services will be available for those artists not already equipped to provide that image file.

Deadline for submission for consideration is midnight, Wednesday, February 26.  Artists wishing to have their work considered should send an email containing their name, town of residence, phone number and either a link to their online portfolio or send three low res images not to exceed a total of 10 megs, to info@beaconcool.com

Area businesses interested in sponsoring the project are encouraged to contact Robert Rutigliano, President, at rrutig@optonline.net