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CTA reviews artist applications

The CTA said Tuesday it is reviewing applications from artists to create artwork at seven North Side Red Line stations undergoing rehabilitation.

The CTA would not say how many applications it received before the Oct. 10 deadline. From these submissions, the CTA in December will pick about 25 artists and pay them $500 to pitch their artwork.

Then the CTA will choose seven artists in March to create work for the Jarvis, Berwyn, Lawrence, Argyle, Thorndale, Granville and Morse stopps. These stations have recently seen lighting, paint and sign improvements.

The art is slated to be installed in September 2013. The budget for the project is up to $99,000 per station. Federal funds will pay for the project.

At a meeting Tuesday at CTA Headquarters, North Side community leaders said they hoped the artists will incorporate local flavor into their work.

"We are hoping there would be some historic themes," said Bob Remer, president of the Edgewater Historical Society. Alderman will be able to weigh in on the proposed art but the CTA said it will have the final say.

tswartz@tribune.com

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