Artist Applications for NYC Bodypainting Day are now open.
Event takes place on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 (rain or shine)
at Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park.
No Bodypainting Experience Necessary
We are looking for talented and dedicated artists with a voice. Various styles are great, the more diverse, the better.
We love body painters, but we also want to share this interactive art with "normal" artists.
No Grades
This is not a competition. Since you're not being judged, you are free to paint whatever you want. You can't get in trouble. This year's theme is "Human Connection" which is very vague on purpose and may be confusing. Feel free to use the theme in the more general sense, or it can be based on a relationship that you have, or you can play off of the instant connection you have with your model, or any combination. It can be literal or abstract. Have fun, be creative, no grades, no right or wrong answers!
The Models
Are average people, which means male/female, large/small, old/young (18+). All models and artists will be matched up randomly at registration, on the day of the event. This makes it harder to plan, but it also creates an opportunity to be more spontaneous.
Please be conscientious of your model. Make sure they are comfortable. If they are hungry or tired, make sure they eat or rest. It can be tiring standing in one position for hours at a time. Artists are required to bring a towel for models to stand on. After the painting is complete, we will be marching through the streets of Greenwich Village. During the march and during group photos taken of all of the models, artists need to carry their models belongings for them.
The Public
Hundreds of people will be watching you during the entire painting. This is a great opportunity for people to see the artistic process. This is for the public to share. That being said, if anyone is saying or doing anything that is inappropriate, please don't hesitate to reach out to any event staff. Please do not engage in any confrontation. We have you covered so that you can create your best art.
All models are full nude. So we're all going to see some shapes that we haven't seen before. And that's a good thing because it creates an atmosphere of acceptance that is special to be a part of. Some people feel that it is unnecessary to have the models full nude, especially the men. I think it's unnecessary for nudity to be such a big deal, since it's our most natural form. The idea of nudity is far more shocking than the nudity itself.
Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel free to pack a lunch or purchase lunch at one of the local food vendors, if you want the full New York City experience. There will be a small fee to cover costs for food and soft drinks at the private After-Party. Each artist can invite one guest.
Some Rules
This is a painting event. No costumes, headdresses, props, etc. It's just the body and the painting.
Schedule of Events (subject to change):
11am-noon...Artists & models sign-in/registration
noon-4pm...Live Bodypainting (includes cleanup)
4-4:30pm...Photo Shoot in Washington Square Park
4:30-5:30pm...Naked March through Greenwich Village
5:30pm-?...Dinner and After-Party
Artists will have 4 hours to paint in a cordoned-off area, in full public view. A team of security will be present throughout the event to ensure the comfort of everyone and address any issues that may arise.