Gallery 24/7: Art on Traffic Control Boxes

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A Public Art Project of the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Project Summary

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission (SCC&HC) initiated a countywide public art project beginning in 2010 entitled Gallery 24/7 to further integrate the arts into non-traditional venues to expand the reach of the arts;  to broaden and diversify public exposure, interest in, and access to the arts;  to expand exhibition opportunities for New Jersey visual artists; and welcome tourism to Somerset County.    With the aid of dedicated funding provided by an arts grant, and through a competitive and professionally juried selection process, New Jersey visual artists were  invited to create and submit original artwork for this project..   A total of 22 original artworks were reproduced on a special vinyl adhesive film and professionally applied to the exterior of selected county-owned Traffic Control Boxes (TCB) throughout Somerset County.   Nine (9) more art works were selected in 2014.

Project Goals

  • Encourage, promote and support the talents and visibility of NJ visual artists by expanding  public exhibition opportunities

  • Provide unique opportunities for an all-inclusive viewing public to access and enjoy visual art beyond a gallery or museum experience at their convenience, and “admission free”

  • Stimulate the local economy by welcoming & increasing cultural tourism

  • Provide creative experiences in unexpected public places by integrating the arts into non-traditional venues, and transforming the ordinary, into the extraordinary.

  • Provide a catalyst for dialogue; encourage socialization

  • Graffiti deterrent

  • Create and encourage partnership opportunities   

  • Responds to the SCC&HC’s Long Range Plan        

Benefits to Visual Artists

  • A honorarium is provided to each artist whose artwork is selected
  • Wide distribution of companion promotional brochure

    Identifying/highlighting featured artworks & artists, and encouraging tourism

  • Artwork accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  for 3-5 years

  • Increased visibility for NJ visual artists


Gallery 24-7 Guide

Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 

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