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In partnership with Arts Mid-HudsonPoughkeepsie Alliance and O+, artists are welcome to submit what they see for a commissioned art intervention at the Route 9 Underpass on Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Poughkeepsie Gateway Project asks artists, "What do you envision?" Artists have the opportunity to submit their proposals between January 19, 2018 and March 15, 2018 at midnight Eastern Time. 

Background: Poughkeepsie is known as "The Queen City of the Hudson." Settled by Dutch settlers in the 17th century, Poughkeepsie has a history as a thriving river city on the Hudson River that was a major center for whale rendering, shipping, hatteries, paper mills, and several breweries, including some owned by Matthew Vassar, the founder of Vassar College.

We envision the underpass as a ‘gateway’ to the Queen City which reflects the diversity of our community. The location for the Poughkeepsie Gateway Project is the entry to the city on Main Street through the underpass, which is steps away from the Poughkeepsie train station with connections to Amtrak and MetroNorth. The Hudson River can be seen from the Poughkeepsie Gateway location with the Poughkeepsie downtown area towards the east.

Today, Poughkeepsie is a city with bridges to the north and south, and the Hudson River as the western border. Many cultures call Poughkeepsie home, including the largest Oaxacan population outside of Oaxaca, Mexico - other populations include African Americans and Jamaicans who bring their cultural traditions to the city.

Downtown Poughkeepsie has struggled after IBM downsized in the last two decades. Today the downtown area has many empty storefronts and the majority of the City’s lower income residents: about 18.4% of families and 22.7% of the population are below the poverty line, including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

The Poughkeepsie Gateway Opportunity: With many thanks to our participating organizations and sponsors, we are happy to announce the chosen submission will be given $8,000.00 total upon completion of the project between July 24th and August 4, 2018. The decision will be made by a jury of organizational representatives and community members who will select their top five submissions for community input. Final decision will be announced in May 2018.

What materials and resources does this project include? Lifts, paints, travel, food and lodging stipends are provided for the artists to assist them in this exciting creative process. The underpass mural area will be prepped and ready to paint. 

Join us for an artist information session on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. aArts Mid-Hudson (snow date Friday, February 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m.).

The proposed mural area will include two aprons directly under Rt. 9 on each side and a total of 12 columns (6 on each side of Main St). The pillars are roughly 16.5 feet high and 2 ft 1.5 in wide on each side.Here is a link to some footage showing the overpass here: http://bit.ly/2B3lNgO  
Here is a link to schematics of the site. 

Important: This is a NYSDOT owned property subject to restrictions on what can be done within the space. See details on this PDF.  

Selection process: Five preliminary designs will be selected by a panel of jurors comprised of the Poughkeepsie Arts Commission, Poughkeepsie Alliance, O+ mural committee, business owners, and community members to present at a public meeting – artists are strongly encouraged to attend the public meeting to hear feedback on designs and work towards presenting their final proposal.  


January 17 - March 15: Proposals received from interested artists

February 2: Mural information session at Arts Mid-Hudson office, 696 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., (snow date Friday, February 9, 2018). Video of information session will be available online after the presentation.  

March 15: deadline at midnight, Eastern Time

April 2: Artist applicants informed of first jury decision

April 17: Public meeting for presentation and feedback on designs

April 30: Finalist artists submit designs 

May 2018: Artist selected 

July 24 - August 4, 2018: Commissioned artwork takes place

August 4: O+ celebration in Poughkeepsie   

Questions? Visit artsmidhudson.org or email info@artsmidhudson.org or call 845.454.3222.

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