Feb. 3, 2015 By Michael Florio
A sculpture is going to be placed in Court Square Park this fall, as the site was chosen by the Parks Department as part of the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award.
The sculpture selected is based on a competition where the best art piece from an up-and-coming artist will go up in the park for a year. The winner will receive a grant of $10,000 to erect the sculpture.
Contestants have until March 22nd to enter their ideas, with the winner being announced on April 22nd.
The winning sculpture will go up on the lawn or the pathway in front of the Court House.
The award is named after Clare Weiss, who was the Public Art Curator for New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation. She curated more than 100 public art installations throughout city parks.
Weiss passed away in 2010 and the award was created in her memory the following year.
To be eligible an artist must be based in New York City and be in the early stages of his or her career. Artists currently in art school or college are not eligible for the award.
This is the first year that the winning sculpture will be placed in a Queens park.
For more information on applying for the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award visit the Parks Department website: http://www.nycgovparks.org/art-and-antiquities/clare-weiss-award.