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NYCEDC and Full Spectrum Experience, Inc. Launch Second Annual Curate NYC

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New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Full Spectrum Experience, Inc. today launched the Second Annual Curate NYC - a program designed to heighten visibility and increase career opportunities for New York City visual artists. In its inaugural year, nearly 1,200 New Yorkers submitted works to the competition, which has ultimately helped advance the careers of a number of the City’s emerging artists. This year, Curate NYC will expand the competition by showcasing artwork in additional venues and allow artists to sell their work via the Curate NYC website. Curate NYC will once again be comprised of a juried selection of artwork followed by a multi-venue exhibition at galleries throughout the City, as well as online exhibitions on the project website. Artwork can be submitted for consideration at www.CurateNYC.org, beginning today through October 31, 2011.

“New York City is a global center for arts and culture. Through innovative programs like Curate NYC, we will ensure this critical sector of our economy continues to grow,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “Last year Curate NYC proved to be a tremendous success, and we are now poised to build upon that success by exposing even more of our City’s talented artists to the public. I would like to thank the entire team at Full Spectrum, with whom we are once again proud to partner on this groundbreaking program.”

“This year’s Curate NYC is an expanded vision that reflects the goals and partnership of the artist community,” said Full Spectrum Co-President Brian Tate. “We’ll bring more eyes to the work through multiple live exhibitions, and online shows organized by top museum curators and gallery directors. We've also increased the potential for economic activity by driving arts tourism throughout the five boroughs, and creating an online store where artists can sell their work.”

Full Spectrum Co-President Danny Simmons added, “As an artist myself, I know that opportunities to exhibit one’s work is limited and of primary concern to the artist community. So we’ve added exhibitions at five great galleries, one in each borough, in addition to the juried show of 150 artists. This means that a great many more New York City artists will benefit from the program. Curate NYC is a wonderful vehicle for artists of all levels to receive new exposure in the art world and the public sphere.”

In order to continue the program and build upon last year’s success, NYCEDC has provided a grant of $70,000. Curate NYC will provide multiple opportunities for submitted artwork to be featured once selected by the panel of judges. The judges – which are comprised of New York City-based arts professionals - will select 150 works to be reproduced as 11 x 6 inch postcards and exhibited at Rush Arts Gallery + Resource Center in Chelsea. Five galleries - one per borough - will also curate and exhibit their own shows of actual works by Curate NYC artists. The gallery exhibitions will run from December 1 to February 1, 2012, and additional entries will be featured in special online exhibitions on the project website, curated by noted museum curators and gallery directors. Only New York City visual artists may apply, and proof of a New York City address is required.

Two of the selected artists from the inaugural Curate NYC competition include Jennifer Delilah, a painter, whose work can be seen at http://jenniferdelilah.com, and Alexandra Henry, a photographer, whose work can be seen at http://www.alexandrahenry.com/.

“My inclusion in the first Curate NYC was a very positive experience,” said Jennifer Delilah. “It created quite a buzz in the art scene, and I personally gained introduction to a community of supportive arts professionals and received a great deal of traffic to my website. It was a superb catalyst that resulted in press, exhibitions, and sales of my work. It is such an honor to be the beneficiary of their vision, many thanks!”

“Curate NYC inspired me to truly pursue expressing myself through photography,” said Alexandra Henry. “I admire how the program recognizes artists from all walks of life who inhabit our dynamic city. Participating in Curate NYC led to my first solo exhibit, as well as two group shows in New York."

For this year’s Curate NYC, museum-quality postcard reproductions of the top 150 entries will be exhibited at:

Rush Art Gallery & Resource Center, Manhattan, December 1-10
Selected postcards, alongside actual work by additional Curate NYC artists, will be exhibited at galleries in all five Boroughs of New York City:

Bill Hodges Gallery, Manhattan, December 2 -11
Art at Bay, Staten Island, December 3 -18
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Bronx, December 7-February 1, 2012
Like the Spice, Brooklyn, December 8 -18
Crossing Art, Queens, December 10-31
All exhibitions are free-of-charge and open to the public. Additionally, all entries – including the artwork, profile, and weblink of each applicant – will remain on the program website, www.CurateNYC.org, for ongoing review by art professionals and the general public for the foreseeable future.

The Curate NYC Panel of Judges reflects the expertise and diversity of New York City’s cultural community. The judges are Rashida Bumbray, Assistant Curator, The Kitchen; Denise Carvalho, Art Critic, Independent Curator & Scholar; Heng-Gil Han, Visual Arts Director & Curator, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning; Shantrelle Lewis, Independent Curator/Director of Exhibitions & Public Programming, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute; amani olu, Independent Curator/Co-Founder & Executive Director, Humble Arts Foundation; Ed Patuto, Executive Director, Issue Project Room; Jose Ruiz, Artist & Independent Curator; Sarah Schmerler, Critic, Educator & Curator; and Adriana Teresa, Publisher & Editor, Visura Magazine/Co-Founder, FotoVisura & Visura Media.

The judges will review all entries online, and vote along four criteria: originality, technical skill, a personal voice or vision, and positive subjective impact upon the judges. Entries will be considered across visual media including photography; digital images; film/video stills, drawings, installations, mixed-media, paintings, printmaking, and sculpture.

Guest-curators of Curate NYC’s online exhibitions include Laurie Ann Farrell, Curator/Executive Director of Exhibitions, Savannah College of Art and Design [SCAD]; Tracy Fitzpatrick, Curator, Neuberger Museum of Art; David Harper, Curator, BAMart; Kevin Stayton, Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum; Eric C. Shiner, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum; and Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator, The Museum of Arts and Design. Additional online shows will be organized by the curators of galleries across the five boroughs, including Bronx River Art Center, Culture Fix, Deep Tanks Studio, Elisa Contemporary Art, Fowler Arts Collective, Skylight Gallery, Tabla Rasa Gallery, and Topaz Arts.

Curate NYC was announced by Mayor Bloomberg in September 2009 as part of a suite of initiatives designed to strengthen the City’s cultural sector. Full Spectrum Experience, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization that creates career-building platforms for artists and new forums for arts audiences, was selected to develop and produce the program in response to a Request for Proposals issued by NYCEDC.

About NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

About Full Spectrum Experience, Inc.

Full Spectrum Experience, Inc. is a nonprofit arts organization that creates community-building platforms for artists and audiences. The organization was founded by musician/marketing strategist Brian Tate and artist/gallery owner/philanthropist Danny Simmons. Full Spectrum specializes in community-building initiatives that promote cutting-edge arts and ideas. Projects include Romare Bearden: 20th Century American Master; the Full Spectrum Panel Discussion Series; Bridge Culture: An International Festival of Music, Storytelling & Dance; Voices From the Boroughs: A Digital Art Exhibition; the Project Diversity Art Exhibitions; and the Brooklyn New Music Festival. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit us at www.fsexperience.com to learn more about Full Spectrum projects and initiatives.

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