Open Call for Muralists: Public Art for the New Essex Market

essex market open call for muralists

*The Lower East Side Partnership in collaboration with the Essex Market are accepting submissions for a very unique and highly visible artwork to be installed at the new market space set to open early this spring. The canvas for this public art installation is located above the entryway to the new Essex Market’s demonstration and teaching kitchen. An estimated 700,000 shoppers and visitors will pass through the facility, not to mention the thousands of people that will be able to view this artwork from the street day and night.

They’re excited to work with an artist whose design will add visual impact and draw attention to this historic marketplace. If you are an experienced artist, and especially if you have a connection to the Essex Street Market or Lower East Side, we encourage you to review the details of our open call and submit your design by February 18, 2019.



*This is a promotional post from one of our LES Partners, The Lower East Side Partnership.

Sprucing Up The Streets with “Murals Around New York”

“Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford at 70 East 4th St. Photo: Udom Surangsophon (

If you’ve noticed an abundance of street art embellishing the Lower East Side lately, it’s due in part to the outdoor project-based collective Murals Around New York (MaNY). MaNY was established in 2010, when a few like-minded artists and curators recognized how difficult it has become to find mural space in Manhattan, “unless you’re a superstar like Shepard Fairey or JR and are dealing with a giant sponsor,” says Keith Schweitzer, one of MaNY’s more visible “front men.”

The group realized approaching property owners with requests to paint their exterior walls was a lot easier to do under the auspices of an organized entity than as an individual artist.

At the time, Schweitzer had been working with No Longer Empty, an organization that takes over vacant or abandoned retail space for pop-up art exhibitions, and had developed strong connections to an international community of artists through them.  He jumped in as a curator/negotiator for MaNY and organized a large group show at 145 Ludlow St., which is now TimeShare Backyard.

Good Morning!

Photo by Tim Schreier.

Thanks to Tim Schreier, who sent along this photo of yesterday’s changing of the guard — Brooklyn arts collective FAILE was hard at work transforming the East Houston wall that previously featured works from JR, Kenny Scharf and Shep Fairey.  Look for rain and high winds today with a high of 55.