Jennifer Parker
Since 2009
Works in Santa Cruz, California United States of America

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A new opportunity to place your art in a high visibility plaza in the Lower East Side of NYC - $5000 commission

Mon Apr 15, 2013 17:00

New York, New York
United States of America

The Lower East Side Business Improvement District will be unrolling creative programming in the newly opened pedestrian plazas located at the mouth of the Williamsburg Bridge on Clinton and Delancey Streets. The LES BID also operates the two square parking lots that border the southern section of these plazas with each having an approximate width of 200’. The LES BID is inviting proposals from local, national, or international artists and artist teams that would like to devise a creative use of this space via a wrap of fence sections that harks to the storied history of the Lower East Side.


This is an outdoor public space that is open to the public. Installation for the project will be able to commence as soon as a proposal has been selected and materials have been procured. The installation will be semi-permanent. The LES BID is in contract to program the space for five years with the option to renew with one year extension increments.


Each side of the fence that will be wrapped is approximately 200’ long, therefore the expected length of this project should span approximately 400’. These fences are located at one of the busiest traffic corridors in all of Manhattan, along the Williamsburg Bridge entrance where nearly 111,000 vehicles and over 200,000 sets of eyes drive by daily. The fences are chain link and approximately 8’ high.


The installation should be designed to highlight and pay homage to the cultural and creative institutions that are home to the Lower East Side (for example, landmarks such as The Eldridge Street Museum). Proposals should be approached in one of two ways. Proposals can include ways to highlight the neighborhood’s cultural institutions through placement of graphics or illustrations combined with an exploration of a creative way to engage the space. Alternatively, proposals can simply explore a singular exploration of art without the inclusion of these actual graphics that pay homage to the cultural institutions. However, this second type of proposal would have to consider space adequate enough to allow for display of these forthcoming cultural institution graphics or illustrations.

The installation should be a visually pleasing and creative and constructive way to create a barrier between a parking lot and the wide-open space of the plaza that is book-ended by the traffic flow. Proposals should take into consideration these plazas are brand new and serve as a mellow juxtaposition for the never-ending flow of traffic that is constantly moving through this area.

Drawing on concepts such as stagnation vs movement or calm vs crazy should be considered. Also, inspiration from the idea of exiting and moving on can also be considered since this area is the last location that people will lay their eyes on before exiting Manhattan.

Approximately $5,000


This is an extremely high traffic and high visibility space. Also, there are many new changes and development projects that will be taking place in the Lower East Side. Getting involved on the ground floor via a project of this sort in such an already culturally diverse, dynamic neighborhood has the potential to open many additional doors.

In conjunction with this artwork piece, we are also in the process of recruiting companies to program the plaza during weekends of the warmer summer months. Over the next year, this space will dramatically change as the vehicular traffic is matched by an increase in foot traffic to this area and the plaza will be comprised of weekend vendors.
The space is a combination of two sides of two parking lots that are situated next to each other on Delancey Street. The interiors of each of these fences contain parking lots and the exterior is a pedestrian plaza that is approximately 9,000 square feet. See attached Delancy Plaza schematic.


We are in the process of appointing our board of judges who will help with the selection process. The board will consist of reps from the arts as well as community stakeholders.
Final decisions on the winning application will be announced two weeks after the submission deadline. Winners will be notified via phone call.

Apply on-line at :


BLUE TRAIL Design Jam Competition

Fri Oct 26, 2012 17:00

San Francisco, California
United States of America

Imagination + Innovation for Ocean Sustainability

Inspired by the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project, Blue Trail is a “trail” of ten interactive art-design-science-tech installations that will take place along the San Francisco waterfront during the final races of the international America’s Cup sailing challenge in September 2013.

Calling all artists, designers, techies and ocean experts!

Join us for this high energy day of art-design-science-tech collaboration to generate concepts for Blue Trail.

Blue Trail is a trail of 10 commissioned interactive installations that will take place along the San Francisco waterfront during the final races of the America’s Cup sailing challenge in September 2013.

Each installation will be created by a different interdisciplinary team (must include an artist or designer and an ocean expert) and offer a unique and imaginative way to engage the public in the mystery, beauty and fragility of the world’s oceans.
Up to five concepts from the competition will be considered for commission.

Ocean Experts to Speak at Design Jam
Blue Trail welcomes three outstanding ocean experts as presenters and advisors at the Design Jam.

Dr. Terrie Williams: Marine Biologist at UC Santa Cruz’sInstitute of Marine Sciences and Co-founder UCSC Center for Ocean Health

Barbara Benish: Advisor to the United Nations Safe Planet Campaign, Director of Art Mill and an environmental artist

Sarah-Mae Nelson: Ocean Literacy and Conservation Specialist at Monterey Bay Aquarium


No formal preparation is needed. However, we recommend you educate yourself as much as possible about issues related to ocean sustainability, particularly these three initiatives:
-Keeping plastics out of the ocean
-Preserving marine sanctuaries
-Promoting sustainable seafood

We also suggest you familiarize yourself with the vision and mission of Blue Trail, particularly our curatorial goals as described on our website: Also, you may want to "like" our Blue Trail page on Facebook, where we post an ecclectic mix of art, design, science and ocean information.

You may come with people with whom you want to collaborate. Or you can join with others at the event to form a team. In any case, each team must have an artist or designer and an ocean expert.
You may come with an idea for an interactive installation that you want to pursue or wait to see what emerges at the event.

Online registration ends 5:30 pm on Friday, October 26. If space is still available, tickets may be purchased at the door. Check here for an update on the 26th.
Space is limited. If we are sold-out, you will be added to a wait-list and notified when a space has opened up. You will have 5 hours to purchase your ticket from that time.


SafePlant - OpenLab - 7 Story - Adaptive Path
Member of Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco


ZERO1 Biennial Spaces: Open Calls via

Fri May 11, 2012 17:00

San Jose, California
United States of America

ArtHERE is a platform for crowd-sourced urban revitalization through the matching of ART and PLACE.


In a joint effort to highlight creative place making solutions, ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program co-commissioned Bay Area based artists and community activists, ArtHERE, to launch ArtHERE SiliconValley. This new initiative has been developed in partnership with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA); UCSC OpenLab; and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Dean Yager’s Research Initiative Fund and Arts Dean’s Excellence Fund at the University of California Santa Cruz.

The inspiration for “ArtHERE” was developed at the 2011 GAFFTA Summer of Smart Hackathon with the desire to create an online tool enabling city communities and artists to activate empty and under-utilized urban spaces – therefore enabling local communities to curate and actively transform their own neighborhoods. ArtHERE is launching the project pilot ArtHERE:SiliconValley throughout the Bay Area as part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, with a specific focus on San Jose’s SoFA arts district – the hub of the Biennial. ZERO1 has worked with the local community, businesses and arts organizations to make a series of spaces available that range from storefront windows and building facades, to outdoor projections and park-lets.

Artists are now invited to temporarily animate these spaces (leaving no trace afterward) with site-specific installations in response to the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial thematic Seeking Silicon Valley. The goal is to use the architecture of the district as a canvas and effectively connect pathways between local businesses and organizations through vibrant and interactive artworks that reflect the creativity and innovation that Silicon Valley is known for. Details of each space are listed individually as open calls.


ART HERE ? Open Call to ALL San Francisco Bay Area Artists

Tue Nov 01, 2011 09:15

San Francisco, California
United States of America

PublicArtSpaces, a non-profit Public Arts organization committed to placing / facilitiating Art and Creative Cultural Ideas in under-used public spaces- is pleased to announce an open call for its ART HERE ? Program. Open to ALL Bay Area–based artists, thinkers, inventors, and educators interested in creating a site-specific window installation at GAFFTA in the Mid- Market/Tenderloin region of San Francisco.
Project Description & Guidelines
PublicArtSpaces invites Bay Area-based artists to propose a project for a site-specific window installation to be displayed for the greater Mid-Market area.  Artists are asked to consider the historical, social, and political atmosphere of Mid-Market community. Artists are encouraged to create a new site-specific work or expand upon former projects that act in response to / in conversation with / or as a commentary on San Francisco.  Collaborative group projects are welcome! The window is 7’(h) x 5(w) x with a  3’ (d) platform with access to electricity. The Tenderloin district is nestled between the Union Square shopping district to the northeast and the Civic Center office district to the southwest. The window space, located at the corner of Market and Sixth Street, is known locally as Mid-Market. It is home to a large population of homeless, those living in extreme poverty, and numerous non-profit social service agencies, soup kitchens, religious rescue missions, homeless shelters and Single Room Occupancy hotels.
PublicArtSpaces ( matches under-used urban spaces with art and culture, empowering people to transform and engage communities through creative projects and other cultural happenings.
Please include your Name, Email Address, Zip Code, and (3) Three .jpg images of past work or images of proposed project if already created (please note that the combined file size of your jpegs must not exceed 1MB).
Submission will be received through  November 1st. The selected artist or group will be notified November 15, 2011 and by required to install their work during the week of December 1, 2011 and will remain in the space for two months.


TRANSMUTATIONS: Sound, Data, and Mechanics closing Reception

Fri May 13, 2011 17:00 - Fri May 13, 2011

Exhibition Description:
TRANSMUTATIONS by sonicSENSE at GAFFTA is a site-specific information ecology, consisting of a complex series of sound sculptures, machines, video projections and sensors. Two systems drive this project: user interaction and data visualizations. User interactivity produces a wide range of soundscapes, data projections and mechanical sounds that collect and distribute media into the exhibition space. Data content for TRANSMUTATIONS consists of, data parsed from auscultation libraries, audio from the California Library of Natural Sounds at the Oakland Museum of California, data collected from the UCSC Arts + Physics Lab and on-site data in the gallery space.
By taking data out of archives, pie charts and graphs and giving it a
physical form through sculptural, audio and visual means, we aim to
build a compelling experience synthesizing scientific research with new
media as a method of engaging community participation. We believe in theconcept of learning by doing, that material exploration is an importantpart of the understanding process and that explaining through tangible tools, where people can actually touch, explore and play with
information, is essential to collaborative communication and visual
TRANSMUTATIONS is the most recent iteration of the sonicSENSE
platform created by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in collaboration
with Mechatronics graduate students in the Digital Art New Media program and the Arts + Physics Lab at the University of California Santa
SonicSENSE created by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in 2008, is an expandable and evolving site for art, culture, new technologies, digital media, collaboration, and participation. SonicSENSE uses the creative diversity of computational media and traditional visual art practices to cultivate space for sharing, questioning, and exploring
interdisciplinary frameworks, methodologies, and experiences. Each
exhibition of the platform is a new iteration consisting including artists, composers, scientists and programmers.
With support from UCSC Arts Research Institute, UC Institute on
Research in the Arts
, California College of the Arts, The Oakland Museumof California, and UCSC OpenLab Network.