Apr 3, 2023


New York City

DEADLINE: MAY 14, 2023.

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2023: DRESS, scheduled for October 13-15, 2023, curated by Gretchen
Vitamvas, invites proposals for its eighteenth annual outdoor public visual and performance art
festival taking place on select blocks each day along 14th Street, Manhattan.

We invite applications from artists to participate in AiOP 2023: DRESS. Artists who are using dress as a medium, and
interested in rethinking 14th street as a runway to present, walk, and pose may apply. Works may take the form of
garments, textile, fashion design, costume, performance, sculpture and installation.
Everyday we get dressed. Our clothing communicates information about our work, activities and aspirations. Dress can
be prescribed or intentionally personal. It can be practical, protecting our bodies from the weather or worksite; or
fanciful, making a statement. We dress to provoke, to go unnoticed, to align with a social group, to conform (whether
by choice or requirement), to challenge, to fit in, to be admired, to aspire, to protest, and to express identity. How do you
know what people do for a living? How recently have they come to this country? Are they tourists? We regard each
other and make judgments about gender, class, work, lifestyle, social group, and cultural heritage based on

Every October for the past eighteen years, AiOP has presented a multi-disciplinary public art festival in Manhattan (14
years on 14th Street). Creating a test-site for the possibilities and limitations of public space, AiOP is a gift to the
popular imagination of New York City. The ethos is one of sharing, openness, and accessibility. The festival is produced
without a budget, and taken up completely on the initiative of the organizers and participating artists. Permissions are
not sought. AiOP is collaborative, horizontal, and agile.
Art in Odd Places is a project of GOH Productions.

For guidelines and application form please visit artinoddplaces.org/dress

Projects should:

  • Encourage a novel use of or interaction with public space while engaging with DRESS.
  • Be able to move through public spaces continuously and effortlessly, without impeding the flow
    of pedestrian or vehicular traffic by blocking the sidewalk and/or street.
  • Engage with 14th Street’s cultural and architectural landmarks, neighborhoods, multifaceted
    industries and communities as a resource for creative consideration.
  • Consider both anticipated and unpredictable locations.
  • Commit to maintaining a presence on 14th Street for the duration of the festival.
    AiOP offers participants:
  • Promotion to AiOP’s network of press and art world contacts.
  • AiOP website presence with project info, bios and links to personal websites.
  • Project consultation.
  • Advice for artists with a studio practice wanting to work in the public realm.
  • Access to a growing community of like-minded artists, curators, and makers working in the
    public realm.

NOTE: AiOP is realized by the volunteer efforts of all involved. We can provide advice and suggestions but participants
are responsible for all aspects of production, including installation, de-installation, and maintenance. AiOP does not
provide permits for participating artist projects, and encourages works that do not need a permit.

Selected proposals will be notified by June 11, 2023.

Questions? Refer to the FAQ section of the application or email aiopnyc@gmail.com
artinoddplaces.org • aiopnyc@gmail.com • 229 E 29th Street, Apt 2-Q, New York, NY 10016