The South Orange Performing Arts Center is seeking visual artists for a public art project. Selected local artists, or teams of artists, will paint pianos in or around SOPAC during the month of August, and a diversity of styles to inspire the community around the themes of the performing and visual arts is encouraged.The project is open to all locally-based artists or design teams, age 18 or over. Decorated pianos will be placed around the village from August 23 to October 4 as part of the second annual Playin' Around South Orange project. The public will be allowed to play the pianos, and professional musicians will be scheduled to play the pianos on various days. The project is sponsored by PNC Bank.
According to a press release from SOPAC, the application process consists of a one-page letter of intent describing your design concept and source of inspiration, and what interests you about the Playin’ Around South Orange project, along with multiple images of your body of work or a website to view the work, and an optional full color concept of your design. All applications must be completed by Fri., July 18, 2014 and all piano artwork must be completed by Thurs., August 18, 2014. The application and more information about the project can be found at www.sopacnow.org/news.
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