SVA alumnus Nao Uda (BFA 2007 Photography) was recently picked to participate in “After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery,” an exhibition utilizing the steel roller shutters on the Bowery’s many storefronts. Thirteen other artists, including well-known figures such as Dana Shutz, Kerry James Marshall, and Mel Bochner, were invited to participate by Art Production Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects.
From more than 100 entries, a jury of arts professionals selected five finalists for the crowd-sourced competition that Uda won, according to The New York Times. Uda’s character “NU,” a cartoon-like figure holding a string of paper dolls, was chosen as the winner by a group of high school students participating in afterschool programs at institutions such as the New Museum, Groundswell, and University Settlement. Brooklyn-based Colossal Media will work from the artists’ original images to render the paintings on the storefront shutters. A telephone number that viewers can call to hear artists speaking more about the project will also accompany each mural. Opening April 25 in conjunction with the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival 2013, the exhibition runs through September 29.