LAND studio launches international search for artists on RTA project

After receiving a $150,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation in September to create public art in 15 locations along RTA lines, LAND Studio has launched an international search for artists to celebrate diversity through their works.
“Right now we are looking for any and all artists who are qualified and have portfolios in the realms of large-scale murals and photography,” explains Joe Lanzilotta, LAND studio project manager. “We don’t want to dissuade anyone from applying for this, because this is something that will last for many years into the future.”
Dubbed the INTER|URBAN project, in honor of Ohio’s history of having the largest interurban rail system in the country in the early 20th century, the task is a citywide initiative to create an experience that connects public transit riders physically, socially, and culturally through the installation of public art along Cleveland's transit railways.
The work should be inspired by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, celebrating authors of literary works dealing with social justice and the celebration of diversity and the people of all cultures and backgrounds. “We want this to be something accessible, but we don’t want to be restrictive,” says Lanzilotta. “We want to make sure this project is highly visible to RTA riders, who will enjoy it and it will be a positive experience.”
The installations will take place in June, to be completed in the time for the Republican National Convention in July. “We want artists who can get it done,” says Lanzilotta. “In this first phase it’s pretty critical in finding people who we feel can get this work done in a short period of time.”
The LAND studio curatorial team will review all submissions before choosing the final group of artists. The curatorial team will then work with the artists on executing their projects. Artists will be paid for their work, Lanzilotta says, but the fees will not be pre-determined.
In addition to the Cleveland Foundation, LAND studio partnered with the City of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, North East Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards to bring INTER|URBAN to Cleveland. 
Submissions are due by Friday, Jan. 29. For more information, artists and teams should review the requirements or contact Lanzilotta.

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Karin Connelly Rice enjoys telling people's stories, whether it's a promising startup or a life's passion. Over the past 20 years she has reported on the local business community for publications such as Inside Business and Cleveland Magazine. She was editor of the Rocky River/Lakewood edition of In the Neighborhood and was a reporter and photographer for the Amherst News-Times. At Fresh Water she enjoys telling the stories of Clevelanders who are shaping and embracing the business and research climate in Cleveland.
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