Organized and sponsored by Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ and the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Call for Proposals
EXTENDED Deadline: November 12, 2012
Selection committee co-chairs:
Laura Nova, Associate Professor of Creative Art and Technology, Bloomfield College
Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art, Montclair Art Museum
Bloomfield College and the Montclair Art Museum are pleased to announce the inauguration of the Bloomfield Avenue Prize, a new annual prize offering the opportunity for an artist to execute an innovative public art project across the campuses of Bloomfield College (BC) and the Montclair Art Museum (MAM). It will represent the first collaboration between these neighboring institutions, located approximately two miles apart on Bloomfield Avenue in Northern New Jersey, about 35 minutes from New York City. The winning project will bridge the College, the Museum, and their greater constituencies: a vibrant community with a diverse cultural and socioeconomic makeup. The prize is $5,500 USD and the winner will be announced in late 2012.

The Bloomfield Avenue Prize winner will mount an exhibition running approximately three months, and will participate in five non-consecutive days of educational community programming for groups such as schools, families, undergraduate and graduate students, adults, and/or seniors. Artists should develop socially engaged projects that consider the shared concerns of the Bloomfield College and Montclair Art Museum communities; ideally projects should link the two campuses physically and/or symbolically, taking advantage of Bloomfield Avenue, the street on which both sites are located. Proposals should be interdisciplinary in nature, potentially including site-specific installation, performance, video, and/or other media; and must outline plans for educational community programming, in the form of workshops, seminars, tours, screenings, etc.

Projects should take full advantage of the shared resources at BC and MAM, which includes indoor and outdoor exhibition venues and work facilities for the artist.

At Bloomfield College
•    Campus quad
•    Lectures/screenings/public programs in Van Fossen Theater (simulcasting/projections)
•    Campus gallery spaces
•    Library
•    Store front windows around the town of Bloomfield
•    Creative Art & Technology Program faculty/student facilities
Quad                                                                                        Library                                                                                     Van Fossen Theater  

•    Laurie Foundation Art Staircase (contemporary art gallery space for site-specific projects)
•    Museum grounds, including two 55-inch all-weather outdoor video monitors, equipped with digital media players
•    Public spaces, usable for projects or programming, including Lehman Court and Leir Hall

Outdoor video monitors                                                                 Leir Hall                                                                             Laurie Foundation Art Staircase
Download additional high resolution photographs of Bloomfield College and Montclair Art Museum
Check back occasionally as more photos may become available between now and the site visit on October 5.

Production of projects will draw in-kind resources from both institutions, including:
•    Interdisciplinary advisory committee drawing from BC faculty and MAM professional staff
•    BC: Student assistants
•    BC: Audio-visual/technical/installation assistance (students and BC IT staff)
•    MAM curatorial, installation, and education staff, including MAM/Yard School faculty and student volunteers
•    Both: PR/Marketing (print and online advertising and publicity/social media), aimed at BC community, MAM members, and the general public

If you missed our open house on October 5, there are still opportunities to see the potential resources.
Download the information packet for self-guided tours.

Please email the written application to with “Bloomfield Avenue Prize” in the subject heading, by NOVEMBER 12, 2012 by 5 p.m. EST.

Please send 4 hard copies of your written application by USPS, postmarked no later than November 12, 2012 to:
Bloomfield Avenue Prize
C/o Kimberly Fisher, Curatorial Assistant
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042-1747

The winner will be announced in late 2012.

Please provide the following information about your project:

1. Contact information: Full name, address, phone number, email and website

2. Project description (short form, maximum 50 words): Please give a short description of your project including specific details about materials and placement, in as clear and direct language as possible. Include up to two images and/or sketches in the body of the written document.

3. Project description (long form, maximum 250 words): Please give a more detailed description of your project, including a broader explanation of the proposed work and the final form that it will take. How will the work link the two institutions? How will it engage the community? Will the work require any maintenance?

4. Budget for materials and labor up to $5,500 USD. Artists wishing to receive an artist fee should include their compensation in the budget.

5. Timeline for the production of your project. Installation will take place in early March 2013 and the exhibition and educational programming will take place from mid-March – July 2013.

6. Biography (maximum 200 words): Short narrative form of résumé, focusing on your creative practice.

7. Resume/ Curriculum Vitae (two page maximum)

8. Work Sample:
You may include up to two illustrations of the proposed work and up to three examples of your previous work. These samples may be images, audio files (two minutes maximum length, per file) or video (two minutes maximum length, per file). These can be files on your website, or we suggest you use for your AUDIO works samples, and for your VIDEO worksamples. Basic accounts on Vimeo and Soundcloud are free, and both have the option that you can mark your files as PRIVATE, so only our reviewers can see your files.

9. Work Sample Identification List: Provide an identification list with titles, brief descriptions (maximum 50 words), URLs, and necessary passwords. Please provide a URL for each individual work sample (not the homepage) and copy the full link including the "http://"
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