ArtsWestchester believes that the arts should be accessible to all people and that artwork enriches any environment, be it classroom, conference room, public park, downtown or private development.
Public art presents art outside of museum walls, building community pride, enlivening the landscape and establishing a sense of place. In the hands of artists, dull building exteriors become vibrant destinations, sidewalks become inviting places and ordinary streetscapes become extraordinary.
ArtsWestchester partners with municipalities and businesses interested in utilizing the arts to add value to their projects and communities. There are endless possibilities, but art is at work throughout Westchester in retail projects, libraries, hospitals, hotels, commercial apartments and public housing projects.
ArtsWestchester partnered with the New York State Thruway Authority and the Arts Council of Rockland on a landmark project to bring 10 major works of public art to the shared use path of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Eight New York State artists received commissions through a competitive application process that yielded more than 100 applicants. The completed sculptures, bike racks, and mural are spectacular expressions of community, place, and creativity. The artwork is monumental, free, public and available to all New York residents and visitors.
“A spectacular group of monumental works of art have been installed at each terminus of the new bridge, transforming this twin crossing into a compelling destination for travelers to engage with the arts. We at ArtsWestchester were thrilled to collaborate with the New York State Thruway Authority on this landmark creative placemaking project. The artwork is free, it’s public, and available to New York residents and visitors.”
– Janet T. Langsam, CEO, ArtsWestchester
To learn more about the new public art walk on the bridge, click here.
Fragments of Something Bigger by Georgi Minchev
50 Main Street in downtown White Plains, NY is now home to a monumental sculpture by Bulgarian sculptor Georgi Minchev. “Fragments of Something Bigger” is nearly 18-foot tall, made of highly polished stainless steel, and is surrounded by seating also made from polished stainless steel. Minchev was selected through a competitive international open call process managed by ArtsWestchester in partnership with Ginsburg Development Companies, who owns and manages the office tower.
"Fragments of Something Bigger" by Georgi Minchev
Video by Big Sky Aerial
ArtsWestchester and Ridge Partner on Public Art
To welcome shoppers and diners back to the property during the COVID-19 pandemic, ArtsWestchester partnered with shopping destination Ridge Hill on Outdoor Art, a multi-phase public art collaboration. The project features six murals, lamppost banners, and signage, all designed and created by Hudson Valley artists. “Pollinator’s Reverie” by Chris Soria is an exuberant ode to the native bees, butterflies, and flora that support our local ecosystem and also reflects Ridge Hill’s commitment to eco-friendly initiatives. Mural by Chris Soria. Film by Dave Steck of Numeric Pictures.
Creation of "Pollinator's Reverie" by Chris Soria
A Monumental Work of Art Drapes ArtsWestchester In Vibrant Color
The Amanda Browder “Metropolis Sunrise” Project, which will adorn ArtsWestchester’s building in multi-color fabric this May, will be ArtsWestchester’ s largest work ever of participatory public art.
The quilt-like sculpture, unveiled in late May, will be the result of a creative process months in the making. Presented by ArtsWestchester, orchestrated and created by Brooklyn artist Amanda Browder and built by the hands of the entire community, “Metropolis Sunrise” will sweep across the brick façade of ArtsWestchester’s nine-story neoclassical building in White Plains.
Learn more about this project here.
Meet Amanda Browder
Innovative Arts and Business Partnership Brings
Six Murals to Downtown White Plains
ArtsWestchester, in partnership with LMC, a Lennar Company, is in the midst of transforming a construction barricade into a curated exhibit of six street murals beginning on Hale Avenue, wrapping around Maple Avenue and continuing on South Broadway in downtown White Plains. The five New York artists commissioned to paint each mural were selected through a competitive panel process managed by ArtsWestchester.
Meet the Muralists - Out on the Street
Brighter Colors Better Life a mural
by street artist Wane One
The 1,650-square foot street art installation spans across the street entrance of ArtsWestchester. Named “Brighter Colors Better Life,” the mural is a visual composition of deconstructed geometric shapes created by a harmonious buildup of oversized 2D prisms of vibrant colors and hues. The alternating shapes and colors side by side creates a unique and interesting aesthetic.