August Wilson House is seeking up to 10 artists to create original artwork inspired by the life or art of August Wilson as part of the annual August Wilson House Block Party. August Wilson House is located at 1727 Bedford Avenue in the Hill District. This opportunity is open to established professional and emerging artists based in the greater Pittsburgh region. The application deadline is Monday, February 22, 2021, 11PM.
Each artist selected will receive $1,000 to realize his/her/their work.
Awards announced on March 1, 2021.
FINAL ARTWORK DUE DATE
Friday, April 2, 2021, 5PM.
Selected artists are responsible for transportation of their work to and from the site and are encouraged to be onsite to oversee installation. August Wilson House will cover costs of installation. In return for the $1,000, artists chosen shall enter into a contract that says the submitted art becomes the property of August Wilson House, which will display the art and promote it and the artist in what ways it can, including online.
ABOUT AUGUST WILSON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BLOCK PARTY
The annual August Wilson House Block Party is an outdoor community celebration in front of August Wilson’s childhood home in commemoration of his birthday. Emphasizing festivity, cultural engagement and economic empowerment, it grew in 2019 to some 6,000 people, 90+ vendors and dozens of performers in a context of Black-owned businesses and community organizations. In 2021 it will be a mixture of virtual and in-person, featuring an installation displaying the commissioned art, along with gifts for the drive-by audience and online interviews, the annual August Wilson House Legacy Award and other special content.
The mission of August Wilson House is to celebrate the literary and personal legacy of August Wilson and serve as an arts center to nurture the historic Hill District community, arts practitioners, and scholars influenced by his work.