Project Summary

Art on theMART is the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART.

Art on theMART is the latest iconic milestone on Chicago's visionary trajectory of public art. In September 2018, theMART introduced Art on theMART to the world with a launch event that attracted over 32,000 people to the Riverwalk and Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, transforming its urban context.

Since the launch, Art on theMART has provided a public platform for moving image work by renowned local, national and international multi-disciplinary artists. The program is the result of a 30-year commitment by theMART owner Vornado Realty Trust, in close collaboration with the City of Chicago, with the shared goal to provide public access to innovative contemporary artwork for the thousands of visitors traversing the Chicago Riverwalk each day.

Logo reading “The Mart, A Vornado Property”

theMART (formerly The Merchandise Mart), located in the center of the sought-after River North submarket, is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago as an innovator in culture, art, business, fashion, media and more. As the largest privately held commercial building in the United States, it is one of the world’s leading commercial buildings, wholesale design centers and the preeminent international business location in Chicago. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks, rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 30,000 people each business day and nearly 10 million people annually. Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and showrooms, theMART serves as a business hub for interior designers, architects, contractors, business owners and buyers, and recently has become home to Chicago’s most creative and technologically innovative companies including Motorola Mobility, PayPal, 1871 and MATTER, as well as Fortune 500 companies such as ConAgra Brands, Allstate, Beam Suntory, Medline and Grainger.

Artist Submissions

Art on THE MART seeks to appoint a guest curator specializing in time-based media art to a temporary, 18-month position. The selected curator would be appointed with a view to both contribute to Art on THE MART’s long-term curatorial strategy and to contribute to Art on THE MART’s programming through a commission of new work by an artist(s) working in the field of digital video / video mapping art.

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Call for Entries