This week, Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, will unveil a new take on a traditional “artist in residence” program, featuring a rotation of mural-style artwork by resident artists in the community. On an annual basis, artists will be encouraged to submit a piece of work that reflects their vision of the destination to be prominently displayed on the destination’s six-foot-tall 3D “MTK” sign welcoming residents and visitors to the town center.
“While Montauk is a year-round destination for visitors from around the globe, we are proudly home to a community of talented professionals of which we are thrilled to showcase their authentic perspective on our unique destination,” said Paul Monte, co-president of Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. “This new annual program is a true reflection of the spirit of Montauk and we look forward to sharing this fresh take with those who come from afar to visit our shores.”
Visit Montauk’s first design will be a unique take on a seascape by resident artist, Kylie Ogburn, showcasing an above and below ocean scene spotlighting the destination’s iconic Shadmoor Cliffs and a surfer surrounded by a school of fish swimming in the sea below. This inaugural piece pays homage to Montauk’s deeply rooted surf culture and foundation in the fishing industry. Visitors can catch additional works by Ogburn at the newly reopened Bird on the Roof cafe where her hand stenciled designs are proudly displayed on the walls of the restaurant.
“It is an honor to be the first artist featured in what will, I’m sure, become a prestigious program within our community,” said Kylie Ogburn, resident artist. “My inspiration for this piece pulls from what I feel are core aspects of Montauk that not only draw people to visit, but also make it a special place for everyone who lives here. I’m very excited for this opportunity to showcase both my work and highlight parts of Montauk that play a big role in making this place so special to so many people.”
Locals and visitors can view the newly unveiled signage on Friday, July 29 and snap a picture with the famed “MTK” sign using #thisismontauk for a chance to be featured on the destination’s social media platforms. The finished letters will be unveiled on Friday but locals are invited to stop by the Visitors Center to preview the design while it is in progress.
The Montauk Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center will introduce new local artists to the program on a seasonal basis to reflect elements of local culture, events and anniversaries driving visitation to the destination and building pride within the community. Local artists that are interested in showcasing their artwork on the iconic letters may reach out directly to the chamber to learn more about the proposal process.
To learn more about Montauk or for additional details on summer programming, please visit MontaukChamber.com. For more information on Long Island and its East End, please visit DiscoverLongIsland.com.