Developer launches competition to design public mural in Hell’s Kitchen

Calling all artists! New York City developer Alchemy Properties invites local artists to enter a mural design competition to create a mural that will be displayed on the side of its newest development, Griffin Court Condominium, located at 800 Tenth Ave. The winning artist will receive a $20,000 stipend, an art show hosted by Alchemy Properties at the building to display the artist’s works, a private consultation with a top art dealer, and a permanent display of the artist’s work in the building’s lobby.

To participate, applicants are asked to submit a scale sketch of the proposed mural, a 500-word description of their vision for the design and its impact on the neighborhood, as well as a resume and portfolio of past artwork. The deadline for entries is July 15, 2009.

“This is a great opportunity for an artist to create an art fixture for public display, and an ever-lasting artistic presence in the community,” said Kenneth S. Horn, president of Alchemy Properties, Inc. “To the best of our knowledge, this is something that a private developer has never undertaken before in New York City. We are doing this not only to give a talented local artist an opportunity to display their work, but also to enhance the beauty of the neighborhood and support the arts.”

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including the chair of Columbia University’s Visual Arts department, Gregory Amenoff, Art Market Monitor editor and New York Magazine contributor Marion Maneker, and art dealer Deborah Davis. The winning mural will be announced in August 2009 and, once completed, will be displayed on two large exterior walls measuring 1,800 sq ft. (31 ft. by 66 ft.) and 4,700 sq ft. (59 ft. by 83 ft.), facing Tenth Avenue. The mural competition is sponsored by Sam Flax, a top New York City art store, which will provide the supplies to create the winning mural.

To enter, please visit to download the application form and a high-resolution image of the proposed site for the mural. Entries can be submitted digitally by email or via mail c/o Alchemy Properties, 200 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016.