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Three World Trade Center. Photo: Silverstein Properties.
Three World Trade Center. Photo: Silverstein Properties.

World Trade Center Developer Launches Artist Residency Program

Silver Art Projects—a new artist residency program established by Silverstein Properties, the real estate development firm that was instrumental in the rebuilding of much of the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001—is looking to bring more artists to Lower Manhattan.

On Wednesday, the firm announced its first open call for artists who will compete for studio spaces on the fiftieth floor of Three World Trade Center, in which they will be able to work for a period of eight months, starting in September. Applications will be accepted until July 31, and thirty artists will ultimately be selected to participate by a jury made up of fellow arts professionals.

Silver Art Projects is part of a corporate social responsibility initiative. It was cofounded by Cory Silverstein, the grandson of Silverstein Properties chair Larry Silverstein, and Joshua Pulman. The two met at George Washington University’s School of Business. “As a real estate development company with properties primarily in Manhattan, we see how the artistic community is being pushed further into the boroughs to find affordable studio space,” Cory Silverstein said.

Pulman added: “Silver Art Projects will foster a continual dialogue around contemporary art in the financial district. It’s a chance to bring talented artists into this corporate hub and engage these two worlds.” 

The 2019 jury comprises Isolde Brielmaier, executive director and curator of arts, culture, and community at Westfield World Trade Center; Evan Moffitt, associate editor of Frieze magazine; and Nicola Vassell, founder of Concept NV and curatorial director of the Dean Collection.