LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology Returns to Downtown Square Saturday, August 27th

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. will once again bring digital art projections, colorful light and environmental design to the Downtown Huntsville Square at the third annual LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology festival, sponsored by Curse, Inc. On Saturday, August 27th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., four teams will transform all sides of the Downtown Square into a living work of art. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., attendees are invited to play with light at the inaugural DayLIT.

lit posterThe four finalists will create dynamic artwork on the square and compete for cash prizes. This year’s finalists are Kenny Paone, Rachel Marrero, LED Orange and the University of Alabama Huntsville. The first place team will receive $2500 with $1000 for second place and $500 for both third and fourth place. Attendees will enjoy lights moving to music, 3D mapped content along with interactive video and light. Videos, LEDs, music and computer-generated art will surround the square with color and sound. Streets on all four sides of the square will be closed to allow festivalgoers the chance to truly immerse themselves in the light experience.

“This juried festival celebrates the uniqueness of Huntsville through the fusion of light, innovation and technology while embodying the principles of STEAM education,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “We are delighted to once again partner with Downtown Huntsville, Inc. to celebrate the creative side of our community.”

This year, Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. are excited to announce a new element to the event, called DayLIT. This pre-LIT event will feature glow in the dark chalk and screen printing, light throwies, green power cars, telescopes, UV bead/electromagnetic spectrum activity and a Mars walk app.

“It will be a free, kid-centric event where children of all ages can enjoy light-themed games and activities thanks to our partners at Lockheed Martin,” said Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc. “Then as the sun sets, DayLIT will evolve into LIT as we light the night on the Downtown Square.”

In addition to restaurants on the square, food trucks will also be on hand to provide tasty treats for hungry festivalgoers.  Fire & SpicePearl: Asian CuisineRollin Lobstah, Aww Shucks, Highway Kabobery Food TruckSugar Belle and Hindsight Coffee Co. will be located just off the square on Green Street.

Both LIT events are appropriate for all ages and free to the public. For information on LIT, please visit www.artshuntsville.org.

Purchase Artwork by Local Muralists and Bid on Collaborative Triptych at the Arts Huntsville Gallery at the VBC

 

Huntsville, AL – On Saturday, August 6th Arts Huntsville celebrated the opening of Walls to Walls: The Canvas Work of Huntsville Mural Artists gallery show and the unveiling of the Huntsville Mural Map. Walls to Walls features the works of local mural artists Robert Bean, R.F. Daniel, Jahni Moore, Logan Tanner, Christina Wegman and Andy Winn, whose thematically diverse murals can be found around the Huntsville metropolitan region.

The "Underwater Moonlight" series. You can bid on each piece at the Arts Huntsville office at the VBC.

The “Underwater Moonlight” series. You can bid on each piece at the Arts Huntsville office at the VBC.

At the opening, the featured artists collaborated live on three paintings, titled Underwater Moonlight 1, 2 and 3. The public can bid on the three paintings now through October 28, 2016, at the Arts Huntsville office in the Von Braun Center. All funds raised will support Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment’s efforts to build an outdoor classroom and artist workspace.

Arts Huntsville also unveiled the first-ever Huntsville Mural Map at the reception. Arts Huntsville commissioned local artist David Nuttall of Artimaps to create the map to lead local residents and visitors to view murals around the Huntsville metropolitan region.

The Walls to Walls gallery show’s works are now on display and for sale in the Arts Huntsville Gallery at the Von Braun Center from Monday, August 8th through October 28th, 2016.

You can purchase any of the pieces featured in the show and bid on the Underwater Moonlight series at the Arts Huntsville office or by calling 519-ARTS (2787).

Artist David Nutall with his Huntsville Mural Map, commissioned by Arts Huntsville. The map shows where local artists' murals can be seen around Huntsville

Artist David Nutall with his Huntsville Mural Map, commissioned by Arts Huntsville. The map shows where local artists’ murals can be seen around Huntsville

Arts Huntsville to Unveil Huntsville Mural Map at Walls to Walls Gallery Opening Reception

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville is proud to announce the opening of Walls to Walls: The Canvas Work of Huntsville Mural Artists gallery show and the unveiling of the Huntsville Mural Map on Saturday, August 6th. The gallery show will feature the works of local mural artists Robert Bean, R.F. Daniel, Jahni Moore, Logan Tanner, Christina Wegman and Andy Winn, whose thematically diverse murals can be found around the Huntsville metropolitan region.

The gallery’s opening reception will be held at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment on Saturday, August 6th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the First Floor Connector. The featured artists will collaborate on three paintings LIVE at the event. The finished pieces will be auctioned off in a silent auction, with bidding beginning at the event that evening. The public can continue to bid on the pieces throughout the duration of the exhibit at the Arts Huntsville office in the Von Braun Center. All funds raised will support Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment’s efforts to build an outdoor classroom and artist workspace.

Arts Huntsville will also unveil the first-ever Huntsville Mural Map at the reception. Arts Huntsville commissioned local artist David Nuttall of Artimaps to create the map to lead local residents and visitors to view murals around the Huntsville metropolitan region.

“The Huntsville Mural Walk map offers the community a way to discover and experience some of Huntsville’s most vibrant pieces of public art created by artists here in our community,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of Arts Huntsville. “We look forward to adding to this map as artists continue to enrich our local landscape with their work.”

After the opening reception, the gallery show’s works will be on display and for sale in the Arts Huntsville Gallery at the Von Braun Center from Monday, August 8th through October 28th, 2016. You can purchase any of the pieces featured in the show at the Arts Huntsville office or by calling 519-ARTS (2787).

Artist Announced for The Avenue Public Art Commission that will Serve as a Gateway to Downtown Huntsville

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville, Sealy Property Development, LLC, and the City of Huntsville announced the commission of a public art installation that will serve as a gateway to Downtown Huntsville. The pieces, Light Tree and Light Arch, will be prominently featured in the plaza of The Avenue, a mixed-use development along Jefferson Street North and at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Meridian Streets.

Christopheer Fennell's rendering of his sculpture "Light Tree"

Christopheer Fennell’s rendering of his sculpture “Light Tree”

Sealy Property Development, LLC approached Arts Huntsville about partnering on a public art commission after participating in open forums as part of the City’s public art master planning process facilitated by Arts Huntsville. Arts Huntsville, Sealy Property Development, LLC, and the City of Huntsville then combined forces on this public-private partnership. A request for artist qualifications for The Avenue commission was issued in December of 2014. After receiving and reviewing more than 30 artist qualifications and subsequent proposals, a panel of community members selected sculpture artist Christopher Fennell’s rendering of a “light tree” as the winning proposal in June of 2015.

Chris was tasked with creating a sculpture that will serve as a welcoming gateway to downtown Huntsville with a presence both day and night. Chris is an award-winning artist whose work has been commissioned by public art programs across the United States. His creative inspiration comes from a dual background in mechanical engineering and art. Many of Chris’ pieces represent his vision as an artist as well as his sense of humor, and encourage people to participate and place themselves inside or around the artwork. The placement of each of his sculptures is carefully selected for the maximum effect of discovery and scale.

“Chris presented incredible energy and enthusiasm in his vision for these pieces.  It is exciting to be working with an artist that is so accomplished and nationally known, yet is from Alabama and has strong ties to Huntsville,” said developer Charlie Sealy. “Works created by Chris have been installed in dynamic and progressive cities around the country, but you can tell that this Huntsville commission is special to him.”

Rendering of The Avenue mixed-use development, featuring Chris Fennell's "Light Tree"

Rendering of The Avenue mixed-use development, featuring Chris Fennell’s “Light Tree”

Chris will also utilize train rails found on The Avenue site for the sculpture. “We are excited that the repurposing of the train rails will incorporate history from the site into the sculpture, giving it further meaning by merging the past with the present and future,” added developer Sasha Sealy.

Funding for the project comes from the City, Sealy Property Development, LLC and a 2012 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Arts Huntsville that provided funding for both the development of the City’s Public Art Master Plan and seed money for this initial public art pilot project. The artist was chosen by a twelve person selection committee that combined local arts officials, members of the downtown community and the project partners.

“Public art enlivens our community and creates a distinct cultural landscape for our neighborhoods, our city and our region. We are so grateful to the Sealys and the City of Huntsville for partnering with us on this project that will serve as a bold new gateway piece for downtown and a signature piece of public art for Huntsville,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville executive director.

Chris’s Light Tree is as diverse as the community that will experience it, symbolizing an enlightened city – a place where diverse groups of people live and work together and exchange ideas. Light Arch represents different groups coming together to learn from one another, with the lights intertwining around the center of the arch. These site-specific pieces feature street lights you can find throughout Huntsville’s neighborhoods, with the Light Arch mirroring the Roman arch over St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church across Jefferson Street.

“A robust public art program is a key element of quality of life.  It helps create the unique and vibrant places where people want to live, and where businesses want to invest,” said Dennis Madsen, director of long-range planning for the City of Huntsville. “I’m tremendously excited about the Public Art Master Plan, and this installation in particular. I can’t say enough good things about Arts Huntsville and the Sealys, and their willingness to be a part of what I believe will be a precedent-setting project for Huntsville.”

The Avenue development will combine 197 loft apartments with 21,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, creating a walkable, modern living environment. The development, located at 201 Jefferson Street, is scheduled to open in late summer 2016.  Installation of the sculpture is planned for September 2016.

Request for Qualifications: Large-Scale Indoor Artwork Commission at New Kroger in Madison

HUNTSVILLE, AL – Arts Huntsville and the Kroger Company announce a request for qualifications from interested artists for a large-scale indoor artwork to be located at the soon-to-be completed Kroger Grocery Store #605 at 4579 Wall Triana Highway in Madison. This 16’w x 5’h artwork will have high visibility and will be prominently displayed within the store. The artwork should engage the local community while referencing the area’s history and culture.

The deadline for qualifications to be received is Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region.

Finalists will be chosen based on work samples, experience and their connection to the Madison County community. Finalists will then be asked to submit a proposal addressing the installation requirements. Of the finalists submitting proposals, one will be selected to create the artwork for the new Wall Triana Kroger in Madison, opening September 2016.

The deadline for selected finalists to submit their proposals is July 22, 2016.

Selected finalists will receive $250 for their completed proposal. Payment to the selected artist is $9500 including all materials.

There is no application fee. To be considered, artists should submit three samples of their work (including title, medium, and dimensions), a brief resume and an explanation of their connection to the community to jsavanapridi@artshuntsville.org by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

For more information, please contact Jana Savanapridi, Member Engagement Manager of Arts Huntsville at the email listed above.

About the Kroger Art Program
The Kroger Family of stores is excited to give local artists the opportunity to lend their talents into creating an uplifting experience in our stores. The objective is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. The Kroger Company hopes to have an interior mural created by a local artist within 65 of its new stores across the country this year.

About Arts Huntsville
Arts Huntsville stimulates and supports community creativity and engagement by advancing the arts, entertainment and culture to enrich quality of life, education, and economic development in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region. Our vision is Huntsville as the premier mid-sized city for the arts, entertainment, and culture in the Southeastern United States.

Contact: Jana Savanapridi
700 Monroe Street Suite 2
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-519-2787
jsavanapridi@artshuntsville.org
www.artshuntsville.org

Arts Huntsville and DHI Accepting Proposals for LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville Inc. invite artists, lighting professionals, game designers, event producers, environmental design specialists, and makers of all backgrounds to submit proposals for the third annual LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology. This light and projection arts festival drew more than 3,000 attendees in its inaugural year and the event is poised to grow even more in its third return to the Downtown Huntsville Square on August 27, 2016.

For one night annually, digital art projections, colorful light and environmental designs transform all four sides of the Downtown Square into a living work of art. This juried festival celebrates the uniqueness of Huntsville through the fusion of light, innovation and technology.

On August 27, 2016 four artistic teams will showcase their projects and compete for the festival’s cash prizes. The selected artists will draw for the side of the square they will illuminate for the event; the four artistic teams selected through the RFP process will receive a cash prize following the event, with prizes awarded as follows: 1st place, $2500; 2nd place, $1000; 3rd place, $500 and 4th place, $500.

SCOPE OF WORK

We are looking for artists or artistic teams to submit a proposal describing the digital art installation, light installation or other illuminated environmental design they will create for one side of the square on August 27, 2016. We want to see how you will use downtown Huntsville as a canvas for color, light and more.

Artists/artistic teams won’t know until they are chosen which side of the square will act as their canvas, therefore submissions should be adaptable to any side. (Artists/artistic teams will be assigned their installation area thru random drawing following the jury process. The previous winner will be able to select their side.) Content submitted should be acceptable for audiences of all ages. Artists will be responsible for providing their own equipment and for projecting their work from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 27, 2016. Artists must provide electrical needs and note if additional test time is needed. Set-up will begin at noon on August 26, 2016. All reasonable accommodations will be made for the selected artistic teams.

RFP Procedures

All submissions received by June 30, 2016 will be reviewed anonymously by a jury. Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted. Artists will be notified via email of selection status by July 15, 2016. Testing will take place on August 26 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. On August 27, set-up will begin at noon. All artists/artistic teams must be completely installed at ready to go live at 5:30 p.m. on August 27, 2016. Cash prizes will be awarded within two weeks following the event.

There is no application fee and artists retain complete ownership of their works. Please note that in submitting an entry, you agree to allow Arts Huntsville, Downtown Huntsville Inc. and/or its sponsoring partners and local media unrestricted use of your artwork (in part or in whole) for promotional purposes.

Selected artists/artistic teams will be notified of their installation area on the Square (North/South/East/West) after the jury process is complete. Each artist/artistic team will be assigned a number and the selection committee will draw numbers to assign installation areas.

RFP SUBMISSION

Please note: Entries may include new or existing short digital videos or entirely new interactive work. Audio may be included as long as artist provides equipment. If audio is to be part of the proposal it must be submitted with the entry.

All entries must include:

  • Project Title
  • Project Description detailing your planned digital projection, lighting installation or other illuminated environmental design encompassing one side of Huntsville’s downtown square.
  • Type of work

o   Video files of past work may be submitted by email to amayfield@artshuntsville.org. Videos may also be uploaded to vimeo.com or YouTube with links emailed to the below address.

  • Equipment planned for installation
  • Power requirements and any special installation requirements (Testing will be available August 26, 2016 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Equipment may not remain on the square overnight.)
  • Brief bio of artist or creative team

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016.

Please contact Amy Mayfield at amayfield@artshuntsville.org with questions.

Public Art Installation Honors Pioneers in African American Education

Gather With Us To Honor…

Public Art Dedication: Friday, October 23, 2015 – 10:00 am

Community Celebration: Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am

The Arts Council, Inc., in partnership with Twickenham Square Venture LLC, Huntsville Housing Authority and The City of Huntsville, invites the community to celebrate the dedication of the public art installation “We Gather Here to Honor.” This site-specific public art commission honors the contributions of Dr. William Hooper Councill and Dr. Sonnie Hereford III to education in Huntsville, memorializes the history of African American education in the area and celebrates the community’s future educational hopes and aspirations.

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The installation features a tile bench in the shape of a sunflower, with flower petals created from the footprints of Dr. Hereford III, his family, city leaders and community members. The artist used footprints to incorporate community involvement and symbolize leaving one’s mark on the future. There is a tree planted in the middle of the sunflower, providing an opportunity to gather and socialize as people have in the neighborhood for generations. A closer look at the top of the bench petals reveal details honoring Drs. Councill and Hereford III.  Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 12.43.34 PM

In the 1860’s, Dr. Councill was a pioneer in education for African American students in Huntsville and served as the first principal of The State Colored Normal School which trained African American teachers and grew into Alabama A & M University. In 1963, Dr. Hereford made more education history on the day he enrolled his son, Sonnie the IV in Fifth Avenue School as the first African American student to attend a white public school in Alabama.

Dedication & Community Celebration
The dedication will be held at Twickenham Square on Pelham Avenue between Gallatin Street and Dorothy Ford Lane on Friday, October 23rd at 10:00am.  A Community Celebration will be held at the same location on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00am – 11:00am. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature music performances by local saxophonist Reginald Jackson and performers from Valley Conservatory of Music.  The Boys and Girls Club, Huntsville/Madison County Public Library, Earlyworks Family of Museums, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre and Academy and the Arts Council will be on-site with children’s activities, information and interactive experiences.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to leave fingerprints on their own sunflower through a hands-on art project that mirrors the aesthetics and significance of the public art installation.

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Angelica Pozo has a resume that includes community-involved artwork in Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland. She has taught ceramics and sculpture in Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and has served as the visiting artist/artist in residence at universities and conferences across the United States and in Chile. She attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia before going on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics and her Masters of Fine Arts, Ceramics, from the University of Michigan.

Please join us at the celebration!

Huntsville’s Downtown Book Boxes

The Arts Council, Downtown Huntsville, Inc. and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library have launched the Downtown Book Boxes: free lending libraries in the city center. Inspired by the concept of Little Free Libraries, the three partners added some local color by having six area artists turn newspaper distribution boxes from The Huntsville Times into one-of-a-kind works of art designed to foster the love of reading.

“Downtown Huntsville, Inc. is excited to partner with the Arts Council and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library to create our own unique version of the popular Little Free Library program,” said Chad Emerson, president and CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc. “Combining art and learning through vintage Huntsville Times newspaper racks repurposed by local artists is an eclectic and fun way to promote learning in the city center.”

The Arts Council conducted an RFP process in which artists from across North Alabama were invited to submit their proposals for repurposing the newspaper boxes into works of art. The six artists chosen to make their mark are Willette Battle, Susie Garrett, Chandler Hayes, Amanda Massey, Gina Percifull and Logan Tanner.

“The Arts Council is always pleased to partner with other organizations in ways that allow us to further enhance community creativity and engagement to enrich the quality of life in our city,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director of The Arts Council. “Downtown Book Boxes are a wonderful way to offer everyday interactions with visual arts while helping to spread the love of the literary arts. We look forward to seeing how these boxes evolve as members of the community take advantage of these free lending libraries.”

Downtown Book Boxes will be available for use on July 23 at six locations throughout the downtown corridor. The locations are Southside Square, Northside Square, 200 Westside Square, outside Belk Hudson Lofts, in Big Spring Park East near the YMCA and one surprise location.

“We hope people will visit all of them, pick up a book and take in each of these little pieces of public art,” said Dillon-Jauken.

Friends of the Library will initially stock the book boxes and members of the public are encouraged to borrow a book and return it or leave another book in its place. The Library will also check in periodically to check stock levels and replenish as needed.

“We are very excited to be a part of an initiative that brings books and people together,” said Laurel Best, executive director of Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. “With books generously donated by the Friends of the Library, we are taking libraries to the people. Connecting the public with free reading materials and resources is what we do, and this project is another way for us to bring the library into the communities that we serve.”

Public Art Workshop with Jeff Mather

Are you interested in creating temporary public art in your neighborhood? Do you look around your environment and see a canvas for your art?

Join The Arts Council, Inc. for an exclusive workshop with Georgia-based environmental artist Jeff Mather on Tuesday, July 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be held in The Arts Council offices on the north side of the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville. To register for the workshop, click “Going” on the Facebook event page found by clicking here.

Jeff is a site artist from Decatur, GA. who has worked extensively in the Atlanta metro area and throughout the southeast. Jeff is an independent artist and educator, designing and executing numerous works of art in public spaces, and conducting hundreds of workshops and residencies in schools and other community venues. Learn more about Jeff at https://www.facebook.com/MatherSiteArt.

LIT Electrifies Downtown Huntsville

Yes, it was cool – the temperature but especially the digital art projections, colorful light and environmental designs that transformed the downtown square into a living work of art with a fusion of light, innovation and technology.

America’s Party Pros, LED Orange and the University of Alabama Huntsville each displayed unique interactive video and light displays and projections on the structures around Huntsville’s downtown square.

All four sides of the square were closed to allow festivalgoers the chance to truly immerse themselves in the light experience.