SVA alumnus Nao Uda (BFA 2007 Photography) was recently picked to participate in â€śAfter Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery,â€ť an exhibition utilizing the steel roller shutters on the Boweryâ€™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. Udaâ€™s character â€śNU,â€ť 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 artistsâ€™ 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 Museumâ€™s IDEAS CITY Festival 2013, the exhibition runs through September 29.