As the City of Pittsfield continues to reopen more aspects of community life, the Pittsfield Artscape wants to ensure that local artists have a vibrant platform to express their ideas and art throughout the city. One such initiative includes the installation for the Pittsfield Paintbox Project.
Now in its fifth year, the Paintbox Project celebrates local artists, enlivens the streetscape, and discourages vandalism of utility boxes throughout the downtown and beyond. This year’s project is notable as it will bring an additional four Paintbox designs to Pittsfield’s landscape and it also includes a partnership with the city’s Black Lives Matter art project, which will unveil its own series of art throughout the year.
“The Paintbox Project has become one of our city’s most popular demonstrations of outdoor art. The artwork is striking not just for its visual appeal, but also because of the array of messages that reflect the rich diversity of our community,” said Mayor Linda Tyer. “As we continue to navigate through this pandemic and the many uncertainties ahead, these paintboxes are a reminder to slow down and take in the beauty that is around us.”
The paintboxes artists and locations are as follows:
** TD Bank: Deep Sea Magic by Michael Carty
** Dalton Avenue and Benedict Road: Berkshire Pride: Samuel Harrison and WEB Dubois by Amber MacNeil
** Conte Building: Power and Peace by Stefanie Quetti and artists from ROPE
** First and Fenn streets: Strength, Love and Unity by Robert Trzcinka
Artscape offers artists a $250 stipend as well as $150 towards art supplies per eligible utility box.
Pittsfield Artscape is a volunteer-led committee which sponsors, plans, and oversees the annual juried exhibition of public art in the City of Pittsfield. The mission of Artscape is to enhance the overall character of the city’s downtown and attract visitors by installing and promoting works of art in various accessible outdoor locations throughout Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District.
For more information, visit the Pittsfield Artscape Facebook Page; Click here to visit the page.
Artscape is a volunteer-led committee which sponsors, plans, and oversees an annual juried exhibition of public art in the City of Pittsfield. The mission of Artscape is to enhance the overall character of the City’s downtown and attract visitors by installing and promoting works of art in various accessible outdoor locations throughout Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District.
The outdoor sculptures are by well-known, accomplished artists, and each is unique in its own way. The Artscape walking tour is an outdoor gallery that changes with each year. Come experience the City of Pittsfield through the artists and their works.
Artscape was also a lead organizer of the 2004 Sheeptacular public art project, as well as the 2006-2007 Art Of The Game public art project. Art Of The Game brought art and baseball together in unexpected ways.
Artscape is on YouTube!
Click here to visit the page where you can watch an introduction video by Former Mayor, Daniel Bianchi and view a video description of each of the previous Artscape pieces and artists!
Artscape is also on Facebook! Click here to visit the page.
For questions or more information about Artscape, contact Pittsfield's Recreation Activities Coordinator in the Department of Community Development at 413-499-9368.