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Moxy Hotels, the cheap n’ chic millennial hotel brand from Marriott International, are heading to the U.S. next month, opening first in Tempe, Arizona on March 18, followed by Moxy New Orleans on April 15. Moxy debuted last year in Milan near the Malpensa airport with an experience that’s low on frills–starting with teeny tiny quarters–but high on tech and sex appeal. Another way to describe Moxy? If Edition Hotels ever had an Edition Lite brand, it might look something like this. (For a full Moxy review, step into the HotelChatter archives here.)

Artwork at the Moxy Milan by Nune D’Amico Kerobyan, the winner of the hotel's ‘Artist-in-Residence’ contest.
Artwork at the Moxy Milan by Nune D’Amico Kerobyan, the winner of the hotel’s ‘Artist-in-Residence’ contest.

And for it’s U.S. invasion, Moxy is seeking to “rebel against the traditional concept of hotel art” by encouraging artists such as painters, photographers, film-makers, sculptors, illustrators, and graffiti artists to submit their work, via artistic platform TalentHouse, for a chance to be a cornerstone of a Moxy Hotel’s permanent collection. (They held a similar contest in Milan.) One requirement for the artists? The works must encapsulate the “unexpected fun, spirited attitude that Moxy Hotels embodies and celebrates.”

Called #BlankCanvas, the artist search will debut its first winner in May at Moxy New Orleans, followed by more unveilings at Moxy Tempe, Moxy Nashville, and Moxy Berlin in Germany. Panel judges for the Moxy New Orleans contest include Scott Simon of the lifestyle blog; Lauren LeBlanc of the Nola-based Fleurty Girl retail stores; and Diana Pavlov, director of entertainment marketing for Marriott’s Lifestyle brands, including AC Hotels and Renaissance Hotels.

Aside from having their work installed in the Moxy New Orleans Living Room, the winning artist will also receive $2,500. (Sidenote: is W Hotels ok with Moxy also calling their lobby a Living Room?) The public can also vote for a Popular Choice artist here. This winner, who collects the most social media shares, will receive a $500 award.

Interested artists can submit their work for Moxy New Orleans here. Artists who specialize in bland country landscapes need not apply.

[Photo: Moxy Hotels]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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