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"Call to Artists: Join in a Unity Canvas for the USA"
2001-11-09 until 2001-12-01
New York Artists Circle
New York, NY, USA United States of America

A group of leading artists from New York and the tristate area is organizing a wide-ranging art project to respond to the World Trade Center Disaster. The New York Artists' Circle is calling on other artists to submit 12 square pieces of canvas to be joined together in a huge Unity Canvas.

This canvas will be displayed in New York and ultimately other parts of the country. The New York Artists' Circle is working with the City of New York to locate a public venue for the project.

As artists and art lovers, the group stated, we may feel sometimes that we can not do much in the face of the unspeakable horror of the disaster at the World Trade Center, and the times to come. But we need only think of works like 'Guernica' and 'In Flanders Fields' to know that art fills a void sometimes that everyday words cannot.

In this spirit, we ask other artists to join in a new project. We seek squares of canvas to put together in a large-scale artwork about the tragic and heroic events at the World Trade Center. This piece will commemorate our fallen, honor our heroes, express our sadness and anger, cheer our spirit, show our strength and make tangible what we feel.

The New York Artists' Circle counts over 200 members, including painters, sculptors, printmakers and other visual artists. Most of the members are based in Manhattan, many in lower Manhattan near the site of the World Trade Center attack. Other members are from the surrounding New York metropolitan area. The New York Artists' Circle was established five years ago by artists in the tri-state area to exchange business information and foster a community of artists.

The individual works may be painted, silkscreened, written, embroidered, or submitted in any other media of the artist's choice, so long as they are on unstretched canvas and measure 12 square exactly. The pieces should be sent to:

The Unity Canvas
451 Greenwich St., 3d floor
New York, NY 10013

The initial deadline for submissions is December 1, 2001.

One of the artist organizers, Nilda Mesa, stated, In the weeks, months and years to come, our country will be tested in ways none of us have seen in our lifetimes. In our own small way, we hope our Unity Canvas can help.


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