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Map update of Justin Desilva’s temporary crosswalks HarborWalk Public Art Challenge

Hi Joey

Artist Justin Desilva is more than half way through his ambitious public art installation, With Every Street There’s a Story. Remember, they’re temporary, so take time to check them out.

Some of the murals are at different stages in their installation process; you will see him going back and forth to different sites. Here’s a map http://goo.gl/maps/mc696 for any updated locations andphotographs. Walkers provide the most comments and questions, which he’s really enjoying.  They talk about Gloucester mostly and they talk about art. He’s been told that his pictures were kaleidoscopic, like stained glass, the quarries, that his red reminded them of some works by Miro, or Braque and Picasso. There have been requests for a crosswalk by their street, house, and business. People driving by have stopped to park and get out of their cars to walk back and look.

Crosswalks in this post include Gorton’s HarborWalk Story Moment #27, Birdseye HarborWalk Story Moment #33, Sea Serpent HarborWalk Story Moment #19, Stage Fort Park HarborWalk Story Moment #42, Katy (from Virginia Lee Burton’s Katy and the Big Snow) HarborWalk Story Moment #30, and Hopper HarborWalk Story Moment #28.

Committee for the Arts (CFTA) announces that 15 semifinalists have been selected for the first ever 2013 Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge

Catherine Ryan Submits-

Hi Joey-

On behalf of the City of Gloucester , the Committee for the Arts (CFTA) announces that 15 semifinalists have been selected for the first ever 2013 Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge. Congratulations all!

  • James Calderwood
  • Tiffany Carbonneau
  • Anna Chirico & Dave Blakney
  • Justin Desilva
  • Andrew Thurlow & Andrew Doyle
  • Gary Duehr
  • Bartek Konieczny
  • Angelina Marino-Heidel & Joel Heidel
  • Michael McNabney & Troy Zaushny
  • Frank Morbillo
  • Laura Piraino & Lise Breen
  • James Sardonis
  • Kim Smith
  • Robert Trumbour, Anthony Sanchez, Jared Steinmark, & Alex Cabral
  • Juni Van Dyke

This national call to artists received an overwhelming response, with over 150 project ideas submitted from artists here and across the country. Judging for round 1 was done anonymously. With only 3 awards available and so many thoughtful submissions, it was necessary that round 1 require further essential review time. Competition was very strong. The CFTA was impressed by the quality and effort of so many proposals. It’s exciting and a privilege to see so many ideas, and all with a focus on Gloucester. Sincere thanks are due to all of the artists who took the time to send in applications, and we appreciate their interest and support of this call.

What stage are we in the overall process?

The semi-finalists entries are in final review by the round 2 selection panel which is tasked with selecting the 3 finalists from the group of 15 semi-finalists. The distinguished 7 member jury panel covers a cross section of expertise and excellence and includes: John Bell, Business, Civic and Political Leader, Gloucester, MA; Andrée Bober, Landmarks Museum Director and Founder, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, http://landmarks.utexas.edu/ ; Phil Cusumano, Artist and Licensed Captain, Gloucester, MAhttp://www.philcusumanoart.com/; Morgan Faulds Pike, Artist, Gloucester, MA, http://morganfauldspike.com/; Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, http://www.pem.org/; Peter Sollogub/Chris Muskopf, Architects, Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, MA http://www.c7a.com/; and Jeff Weaver, Artist, Gloucester, MA, http://www.jeffweaverfineart.com/. We are grateful for the judges’ participation. We anticipate that the three winners will be announced May 2013. Soon thereafter, the Committee for the Arts will announce a special exhibition featuring all 15 semi-finalist entries and the panel’s selections (date, venue, & details are in the works). Stay tuned!

CFTA Call for Public Art

Catherine Ryan submits-

We are so fortunate to have so many publications arts councils, and organizations across the US publish and promote the Call.

Like this one: Gloucester’s Public Art Challenge was one of three “Call for Entries” that AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS featured in their January 2013 members monthly

Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing arts and arts education. www.artsusa.org

Artists visit http://ghwalk.blogspot.com/ for the application/call



Public Art Challenge Application Deadline February 8th, 2013 -Get Your Creative Ass In Gear! There Will Be An Info Session At Sawyer Free January 12th


The deadline for the application for the three awards for $47,000 for the Public Art Challenge is February 8, 2013. All  media! 18 years and up! Applications are starting to come in!



Application Help and Site Visit:

The Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Library has reserved the mezzanine and a block of computers for an information session on the Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge. Please join the Gloucester Committee for the Arts at Sawyer Free for help with the digital application and a site walk(s). Thank you so much Sawyer Free!


Date: Saturday, January 12th, 2013

When: 10AM-11AM at the library followed by site walk 11AM-Noon

Where: Sawyer Free Library, upstairs on the Mezzanine Level, by the Public Access


Throughout the Call, any questions for this Public Art Challenge:

Email the Committee for the Arts at gharborwalk@gmail.com, subject line “Public Art”.

Visit http://www.ghwalk.org to find the Call. How to apply? Visit here http://gloucester-committee-for-the-arts.zapd.com/PublicArtCallforArtists

Binders with print outs of the full and complete Call have been left at several Gloucester locations. The Committee for the Arts is grateful for their help in spreading the word!

Binders with the complete call can be found at these locations:

Gloucester Lyceum Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Museum,, Art Haven , City Hall, Mayor’s Office, Lone Gull, Pleasant Tea, Cape Ann Coffees

The Committee for the Arts is so grateful to these folks for putting the word out:

Good Morning Gloucester; Cape Ann Beacon; Zapd featured the Call on their homepage;

Bustler; Massachusetts Cultural Council’s ArtSake blog; UMASS blog Arts Extension Service; North Shore Arts Association; seARTS; Rocky Neck Cultural District; Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; Pittsburgh’s Art Council; Raleigh North Carolina’s Art Coucnil; Nebraska Arts Council; Palm Desert CA; California Arts Council and others!


Made up of citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council, The Committee for the Arts was established by City ordinance in 2000 to promote and celebrate Gloucester ’s cultural heritage.  The Committee recently has worked to preserve and increase awareness of Gloucester ’s WPA murals and other City-owned art. Additionally, the Committee develops and promotes educational programs and establishes awards and honors to recognize local artists. It implements a city-wide public art policy.