Vertical NYC


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Project Vertical NYC

Project Vertical NYC is a Hanover, Germany based group of TV-Journalism students looking for NYC based street artists for a documentary they are filming.  Here is some more detail about their project:

  • We are 11 students who are studying TV-Journalism at the University of Hanover
  • This project is part of a seminar, which is called cultural journalism
  • This field trip is a huge thing for us, because it is the first time we are able to make a movie outside of Germany
  • We will be in New York from the 6th of June till the 20th
  • Our plan is to accompany artists who produce their artworks in the sky, on the streets and in the underground of New York City
  • We also want to show the life of the artist, in order to answer the questions: Why is the artist doing what he/she  is doing? What is the purpose of his/her art and what is life like as an artist?
  • An artist can be anybody who is doing cultural things. It also includes actors, Dj’s or painters, sculptors …..
  • The documentary is supposed to be 30 to 45 minutes long

If everything works out, the film will be published on German public Television.

To be involved or for more information,
please contact:  Christoph Müller at



Wide Open 6


May 9 – June 14, 2015

Wide Open 6 List of Winners here.

Juried by Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art
$3000 in Cash Prizes

The enormous space of the gallery affords us the opportunity to exhibit really huge work, and we welcome it. We are fortunate to be joined by a prestigious juror – Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. With her experience, expect an exceptionally exciting exhibition!

Here are some of the pieces in the show:

by Audrey Anastasiby Joy Makenby Paige Bradleyby Valen Young Choiby Joe Cupaniby Val Robertby Sara Drescher Braswellby Travis Gibbsby Barbara Habenstreitby Liz Guzmanby Russel Mehlmanby Robert Nortrupby Vaughn Randallby Andre Velouxby Tricia Wright


Click here for more information about previous Wide Open shows

Art in Clay : Origins


Art in Clay Weekend: Oct 17 – 18

Saturday, October 17th
3 PM - Ragnar Naess will talk about his teacher Marguerite Wildenhain, who was instrumental in getting a clay apprenticeship program as part of the Bauhaus curriculum.  
4:15 PM - Joseph Paulshel’s clay demonatration.
Artist Statement:
“… I am interested in identity translation; specifically how discarded memory is managed, collected and reinterpreted…”
Sunday, October 18th
2 PM - Don Fletcher and John Mosler, artists who worked as studio managers for and studied under Toshiko Takaezo, will show samples of her work and discuss how she influenced them.  
3:30 - Tanya Robinson’s clay demonstration
Artist Statement:
“… As a ceramic sculptor, I constantly search for new approaches to address subjects of fertility, beauty and life in my sculptures…”


3rd Annual National Juried Ceramic Sculpture Exhibit Call for Entries

October 3rd – October 25th, 2015

Origins  invites you to risk stepping outside of what is expected of works in clay.  It evokes visions that are traditional, experimental, and everything in between.

Juror: Judith Schwartz – Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art Professors at New York University, where she directs the Sculpture Craft Media area and teaches courses in ceramic art. She publishes in both national and international journals, and has curated numerous exhibitions including Confrontational Clay, which was on national tour through 2002.

“Clay may start out soft,” says Judith Schwartz, “but in the right hands it can deliver a hard blow.” She wants people to think of clay as more than ceramics with functional vessels or charming knick-knacks.

Click here for the full prospectus



May 9 – June 14, 2015

BWAC’s 2015 Spring Show.

Important Dates:

Thu, Apr 23: 4 – 8PM, First day of Registration/Installation
Sat/Sun, Apr 25/26: 12 – 4:30PM, Registration/Installation
Thu, Apr 30: 4-8PM, Registration/Installation
Sat, May 2: 12 – 4:30PM, Registration/Installation
Sun, May 3: noon-3PM, Artists Proof Day
Mon-Fri, May 4-8: 11:00 – 3:30, Final Prep
1 – 6PM, Opening Day with music by
Sat, May 9: Run of the Mill String Band

To select a drop off time for your artwork please click here.

Black & White 2015



Black & White Award winners here.

We are excited to announce our second Black & White National Juried art show, opening August 1, 2015.  And again this year, we are privileged to have another of NY’s art elite as our juror, Christiane Paul, a curator of Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  With her guidance, we look forward to another spectacular show.

Click here for the full prospectus.


BWAC's walk from BAM to support living artists.
BWAC’s walk from BAM to support living artists.

Join Jon Bunge and the BWALKers and help support living artists.

This year’s 6th annual BWalk will take place on Saturday morning, June 13, at 10:30 a.m (postponed from last week due to weather).  We’ll leave from the steps of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and walk to BWAC, a distance of three miles.  The BWalk raises much-needed funds for BWAC and is lots of fun.  Please join us this year!


Not able to walk?  Then how about sponsoring a walker?  Any amount is appreciated.
If you would like to participate or would like more information, please email Jon Bunge at  It would be great to have lots of walkers this year!

Click here to register for the event with Facebook


Showing Opportunities 2015

Click on each link for more info:

CPG Gallery:Best of the Five Boroughs Photography using Smart Device Aps

The law offices of The Center for Appellate Litigation located at 120 Wall Street in New York City (Ends 5/18/15)

Outdoor Art’s Festival Celebrating Everything Italian on the grounds of The Garibaldi Meucci Museum located at 420 Tomkins Avenue in Staten Island

Outdoor Art’s Festival Vedor Contract

Waste Land

Directed by Lucy Walker

To accompany the Recycle Show, on Sunday June 7 there will be free screenings at 2pm & 4:15pm of the Academy Award nominated film Wasteland about art created from the garbage of the world’s largest dump, located in Rio de Janeiro.

The female drummers of Batala NY Samba Band will be performing at 1:30pm

There will be a podcast with the talented 3rd graders who, with the help of their art teacher Ms. Wilson, made the beautiful mural on the stage.  

Waste Land website.



May 9 – June 14, 2014

Recycle List of Winners Here

Juried by Elissa Goldstone, Director of Exhibitions, Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC
$2800 in Cash Prizes

Juried show of art crafted from cast-off, discarded and re-purposed materials. We are seeking to exhibit sophisticated two- and three- dimensional art created in the re-use genre. Juried by the esteemed Director of Exhibitions of the Socrates Sculpture Park, Elissa Goldstone. Entries must incorporate at least 50 percent of repurosed, recycled or reused materials

Here are a few pieces from the Recycle show:

by Nina Boeschby Ronald Cohenby Laurie RussellBy Emmaline Payetteby Barbara Goszczynskaby Scott Glaserby Andrew Corkeby David Barnett


Art in Clay II

Art in Clay II

September 27 – October 26, 2014

Art In Clay II: Figuratively Speaking explores ceramics, evolved from their utilitarian roots and reinvented by regional artists as exciting, innovative contemporary art. Juried by Lily Wei, art critic, independent curator and contributing editor of Art News, it is a stunning show of 50+ pieces.

Art in Clay II Winners:

Imagine This 2014

Imagine This


Sept 27th – Oct 26, 2014

Imagine asking artists, already known for their beyond-the-boundary imaginations, to create something new and cutting-edge, something that takes them out of their comfort zone and into a new dimension of their art. Well that’s exactly what the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) asked their 200+ exhibiting artists to do for their Fall Show, Imagine This. And if it has viewers scratching their heads and asking that enduring question, “What Is Art?” -narrative pieces will accompany the work. If you’ve ever wondered what an artist was thinking, this might be your opportunity to gain some insight.

2014 Fall Imagine This Auction Winners


Art in Clay

Art in Clay show winners. Hovering over image will reveal more information.

September 21 – October 2, 2013

Art in Clay explores ceramics, evolved from their utilitarian roots and reinvented by regional artists as exciting, innovative contemporary art. Juried by the Museum of Art and Design’s Chief Curator, David R. McFadden

2nd Annual Juried Smart Device Show


September 27 – October 26, 2014
An international juried competition that celebrated imagination and creativity utilizing
emerging app’s, software, gadgets and technologies available on smart
phones & smart devices with $1500 in cash prizes.

2nd Annual Juried Smart Device Show 2014 Winners:

Categories Included:
Hipstamatic: Use of any combination of lens, films, multiple exposure in one of the most
popular mobile photography apps on the market. (no tweaking with other apps).
Realistic B&W: What if Ansel Adams or Irving Penn owned an iPhone, this is where classic
photography and new technology meet.
Realistic Color: Really? You took that with a camera phone? Be bold, be colorful but realism
is the rule.
Grunge: Filters and textures rule, from vintage to steampunk.
Toy Camera: Shots taken with apps that remind us of cheap plastic lens cameras, who
doesn’t love a good light leak. Apps include: Plastica, Pudding Cam, Retro Camera, LoMob,
Classic Toy or any filter app that recreates the look.
App-tastic: Using multiple apps to create your own artistic vision, from filters apps to
blending apps to working with layers, just go for it. (4 app minimum)
Digital Art: Oil Painting, Pastels, Pencil Sketching Cartoons, even Japanese Ink Block there’s
an app for that including drawing apps like Sketchbook where you can let your imagination
fly, no camera required.
HDR: Whether subtle or full blown HDR apps abound on the mobile platform.
Panoramas: Part of the iPhone native camera App, now there are many apps across all the
mobile platforms to stitch great panoramas.
One Shot Wonder Apps: Apps that do ONE thing really well like Tiny Planets, Pixel Twister,
Water My Photo, Loom.

Color 2014


July 26 – August 17, 2014

Color 2014 Award Winners

Pablo Picasso: I want to know one thing. What is color?

Come see for yourself how artists from all around the country have responded to the challenge “What is color?” – in large scale installations, works on canvas, assemblage, photography, mixed media, fabric art and sculpture. 100 pieces were selected out of the 1740 submissions received, by esteemed juror, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Assistant Curator, Lauren Hinkson.

Says Hinkson of her experience jurying the show:
The submissions for Color span a wide range of media and subject matter with some artists embracing a bold and vibrant color palette while others took the title of the exhibition as a point of departure to explore the notion of color conceptually. Many of the paintings manifest strong links to historical styles such as gestural abstraction or photorealist painting. The installations and sculptures reflect an expressive use of materials that sometimes reveal humorous or poetic underpinnings. The final exhibition highlights the high quality displayed in all of the submissions while representing the diversity of these sophisticated and intelligent works.

At the opening ceremony on Saturday, July 26th at 3PM, a $1000 award for Best in Show Gold will be selected and presented by Hinkson. Additional prizes to be awarded are the $500 Best in Show Silver, a Curator’s Choice of $250, and ten $100 Certificates of Recognition. And in keeping with BWAC’s 36 year commitment to diversity and participation – the opportunity for visitors to be part of the conversation and vote for “People’s Choice.”

Out of Order

Out of Order

July 26 – August 17, 2014 

Out of Order Auction Winners

200+ local artists will be showing work that addresses turmoil at any scale, geopolitical and personal crises alike. The show will contain works critical and comical, traditional and digital, flat and 3D. There is a special juried section World Out of Order, where Problems such as homelessness, poverty and hunger are addressed and 25% of the sales will be donated to charities.

The opening day reception will be an all-day Meet-and-Greet with the artists; there’ll be some special libations from Cocktails with Chocolate, and live music by jazz vibraphonist /marimbist, Stefan Bauer and Voyage.

Special events are planned for each day of the show, including Saturday film programs and the weekly Sunday series of concerts, UnPlugged in Red Hook. And, on August 9, a very special special event, screenings of Sweet Dreams – an inspiring award-winning documentary about female drummers and an ice cream shop in the aftermath of the Rwanda genocide. There will be drumming performances, a live podcast with the filmmakers and free ice cream from Blue Marble.

Outer Limits / Wide Open 5



April 26 – June 1, 2014 

The first floor features a juried show with cash prizes to be judged by Pauline Pobocha, an assistant curator at MOMA. Only one hundred pieces were chosen by the curator from the eighteen hundred submitted. All media were considered and the artists were asked to explore the concept of “Wide Open” with all that might imply with regard to medium, expression, composition, experience, dreams, reality or however the artist wanted to interpret it. One of the largest pieces in the show is by Betsy Bannen, an artist from Virginia who will show “Fabulous Installation,” a twenty-one foot-wide piece with dozens of oil-painted panels arranged to look like a fish.

Wide Open 5 Prize Winners

Outer Limits Auction Winners

Outer Limits Opening Day Photos courtesy of Robin George

The second floor features and show with the work of over two hundred artists on display, also in various media. This spring’s theme is “Outer Limits,” that is, exploring beyond the boundaries into fantasy, science fiction or the artist’s psyche itself. Painting, drawing, print, sculpture, photography, assemblage, installation and fabric will all be on display and for sale. You might see some visitors circulating in themed costumes and there have even been whispers that a giant robot will be in attendance on opening day.

Check out a discussion with Donato Giancola. Interviewed by KMO on stage at BWAC.




September 21 – October 2, 2013


Unhinged, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s Fall Group Art Show presents one open show and three juried shows in one sweeping exhibition.

Presented in the Ground Floor gallery is a national juried show of 100 pieces, selected from 1100 submissions by artists all around the country. N. Marshall Price, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art at the National Academy
Museum and sole juror of the show says:

In selecting the works for Unhinged I was not only looking for a variety of mediums and approaches to various subjects but also artists who approached traditional mediums in new and creative ways.

Expect the unexpected in the variety of materials and techniques used by artists who were chosen for their originality and expertise – e.g., check out the giant interactive lego construction.

On the second floor, is a different version of Unhinged, open to all BWAC exhibiting artists who have something to show and say.  You be the judge of this narrative show that marries visual art with the written word.  If you’ve ever wondered what an artist was thinking, this might be your opportunity to gain some insight. 200 artists will be exhibiting works in every medium, from the traditional to the cutting edge.

Also on the second floor, two juried shows:  Art in Clay and Un-Inhibited.

While ceramics have been used for both practical and aesthetic reasons for thousands of years, the medium has experienced an amazing renaissance among artists in the past decade.  Art in Clay explores ceramics, evolved from their utilitarian roots and reinvented by regional artists as exciting, innovative contemporary art.  Juried by the Museum of Art and Design’s Chief Curator, David R. McFadden, it is a stunning show of 50+ pieces.

Un-Inhibited is BWAC’s first international show.  It’s a celebration of uninhibited creativity and technology.  What could be more global than communication through smart phones or other smart devices?  Artists have been invited to communicate through imagery created with the touch of a button and scads of ingenuity. 250 works will be displayed on large screens, plus an exhibition of the printed versions of the prize winners.



July 27 – August 18, 2013

“In Red Hook, gaze out onto a spectacular seascape from a cityscape with an industrial aesthetic, yet a small town feel.  This is the only point on dry land where Lady Liberty will look back at you.   Turn and enter a Civil War era warehouse – home of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.” This is where this summer’s exhibition: ‘scapes, took place from July 27 to August 18.

Landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, dreamscapes, whatever – escapes from the imaginations of over 200 artists – more than 1000 pieces – were exhibited in BWAC’s  unique and iconic 25,000 square foot gallery space.

The exhibit opened on Saturday, July 27th with an all-day Meet the Artists reception, an opportunity for visitors to meet and chat with the exhibiting artists. Throughout the day, the young New York based Wayne Tucker Quintet performed a variety of jazz standards as well as some of trumpet player Tucker’s original compositions.

BWAC’s newly rebuilt (post-Sandy) gallery and its exhibit of paintings, sculptures and installations created its own indoor ‘scape, the perfect complement to sultry summer afternoons.  Sunday concerts started at 3PM. The location in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with its harbor view, trendy boutiques, and restaurants galore, was ideal — down the block from IKEA and across from the Fairway supermarket, newly reopened after Sandy, its new water taxi service bringing many visitors.