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Local artists sought to design artistic lighting installation at Apollo Park

Arts Huntsville, in cooperation with The Orion Amphitheater and local fabricator JL Troupe Company, has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists to produce a design for an artistic lighting installation to be suspended from the trees in north Apollo Park outside The Orion Amphitheater. The lighting installation will become the latest piece of public art to be installed at the park, illuminating the trees above “Earth Bather” and “Peekaboo” which the Huntsville Venue Group donated to the City of Huntsville and installed at the site over the summer.

photo of giant young girl sculpture with her half buried face in the earth. Two giant hands grasp trees nearby.

Lighting installation will be suspended in the trees around currently installed art, including “Peekaboo” (above) – by artist and lead designer Heather BeGaetz with Alchemy Arts Collective. Photo by Josh Weichman; courtesy of the Orion Amphitheater.

The selection process will provide the opportunity for up to five semifinalists to participate in an artist development workshop in November with JL Troupe Company. The team at JL Troupe will work with artists to develop design proposals appropriate for production using their fabrication technologies such as a water jet, industrial laser cutter, welding, and a variety of finishing treatments.

The final selected artist will receive a $15,000 artist award to bring their design to life in partnership with JL Troupe Company. This project is funded through the Huntsville Public Art Program; Arts Huntsville serves as the public art agency for the City of Huntsville. The finished piece will be installed by the Huntsville Venue Group in spring of 2023 and will welcome park visitors and concertgoers alike with an illuminating experience.

“This program is an exciting first step in connecting our local artists with a local fabricator,” says Arts Huntsville Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken, “The development of such partnerships will prove to be essential to Huntsville’s artistic ecosystem as our city expands its Public Art Program.”

Applicants must be 18 years of age and reside within the Arts Huntsville Service Area. Interested local artists and designers can read the full RFQ and begin the application process at artshuntsville.slideroom.com. The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2022.

A video orientation for interested artists will be released in early October on the Arts Huntsville YouTube Channel. Questions can be directed to Arts Huntsville Public Art Program Manager Jennifer Johnson at publicart@artshuntsville.org.

Legacy Park Fitness Court RFQ Released

Arts Huntsville, in cooperation with the City of Huntsville Parks and Recreation, has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists to produce artwork for a Fitness Court to be installed at Legacy Park. The selected local artist’s work will be one of four fitness-based public art installations to become a part of Huntsville’s landscape thanks to a partnership between the City of Huntsville, Arts Huntsville and the National Fitness Campaign (NFC).

Two of the Fitness Courts will feature vinyl appliqués of limited-edition artwork by late renowned artists Keith Haring (John Hunt Park) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Apollo Park). Local artists may now apply to the Huntsville Public Art Program to compete to design one of the two additional Fitness Court installations, supported in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

This initial Legacy Park RFQ process will select up to three semifinalists. Each semifinalist will receive a sketch fee to submit proposals for artwork to be digitally printed on the Fitness Court’s vinyl wrap. The final artwork may be either digital art or a high-resolution image of work produced in another 2D media. The selected artist will receive a commission of $5,000 to produce the site-specific final artwork. The Legacy Park Fitness Court is scheduled to be installed in spring of 2023 and will also include an artist bio and photo printed on the vinyl wrap.

Example Fitness Court

Image courtesy of National Fitness Campaign. Art by Crisselle Mendiola of Santa Ana, California, at Lillie King Park.

“This is a unique public art opportunity that is inclusive of artists that typically work digitally or at smaller scales,” said Arts Huntsville Public Art Program Manager Jennifer Johnson. “It’s also a great entry-level opportunity for artists working in any 2D medium at any scale that would like to bring their art into the public arena.”

Artists must be 18 years of age and reside within the Arts Huntsville service area. Interested local artists can read the full RFQ and begin the application process at  https://artshuntsville.slideroom.com/. The deadline for submissions is October 9th, 2022. A second RFQ seeking artists to create work for the Fitness Court at California Street Park will be released at a later date.

A video orientation for interested artists will be released in early September 2022 on the Arts Huntsville YouTube Channel. Questions can be directed to Arts Huntsville Public Art Program Manager Jennifer Johnson at publicart@artshuntsville.org.

Artist-Initiated Public Art Program RFP Released

Arts Huntsville is pleased to announce its 2022-2023 Artist-Initiated Public Art Program, made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan Grant Program and the City of Huntsville. The program will allow the Huntsville Public Art Committee to extend grant awards of up to $15,000 to five to 10 artist-initiated public art projects and/or programs this summer. Invitations are extended to artists and artist teams within the Arts Huntsville service area (35-mile radius of Huntsville) in partnership with sites located within the city of Huntsville.

This is an exciting opportunity for local artists and one which the community originally identified in Huntsville’s Public Art Master Plan. While most public art projects define specific parameters and a site location for artists, this program allows artists the freedom to work in partnership with a community group, neighborhood association or property owner to enliven different areas of the city through public art.

Designed as an “ideas competition,” this program encourages local artists to explore how they can bring their artistic practice into public space. In addition to the financial award, Arts Huntsville will provide professional and technical support, such as assistance with getting site permissions and permits, and will work with the artists and their site partners to promote programs or projects.

Owners or managers of public sites located within the city of Huntsville are also invited to reach out to Arts Huntsville if they have an accessible, eligible space that might be enhanced by public art.

While these proposals must be artist-initiated, Arts Huntsville stands ready to help connect artists with potential sites. Sites must be located within Huntsville city limits and cannot be historically protected to be eligible.

Artists can access the Request for Proposal and application at https://artshuntsville.slideroom.com/. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through October 10, 2022, or until all funds are awarded, whichever comes first.

Artists can also reference Arts Huntsville’s proposal writing workbook. A video providing additional guidance will be live on the Arts Huntsville YouTube Channel on the week of June 27. Both artists and potential site partners are invited to reach out to publicart@artshuntsville.com with questions.

Image Credit: ‘Soar High’ by Dariá Hammond, Lantana Park, Huntsville, Alabama.

Local Artists Sought to Create Art for New City Hall

Arts Huntsville, in cooperation with the City of Huntsville, has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists for Phase II of the public art plan for the new City Hall. The City Hall public art plan was developed in accordance with the Huntsville Public Art Master Plan under the guidance of the Huntsville Public Art Committee and Arts Huntsville, which is contracted by the City of Huntsville to manage the City’s public art program.

Local artists will be featured across four locations in the new City Hall, including: a security entry area on the first floor, a pre-function area and corridor on the sixth floor hosting Huntsville City Council offices, and a conference room on the seventh floor hosting the mayor’s office. Artwork budgets for the four featured locations range from $30,000 – $60,000. The City Hall public art projects are intended to inspire a sense of reflection, community and/or civic engagement. Currently under construction, Huntsville’s new City Hall complex is slated for completion in 2024.

“While City Hall serves extremely important functional purposes for our community as the seat of municipal government, it also serves an important symbolical role,” said Huntsville City Administrator John Hamilton. “It provides a gathering spot and outward facing representation of our great city – adding interest and beauty contributed by our local artist community furthers the iconic nature of this important public infrastructure.”

A concept rendering of one of the four locations in Huntsville’s new city hall that will feature the work of local artists.

Following the initial RFQ process, up to fourteen semi-finalist artists or artistic teams will receive $1,500 honorariums to create and present a design proposal. Four finalists will be selected in December 2022, and all Huntsville City Hall public art awards will be announced in early 2023.

“We are excited to see what our community of local artists will contribute to this civic space,” said Arts Huntsville Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken. “This is an excellent opportunity for artists to celebrate Huntsville’s people, history, or our natural environment through their artwork.”

Interested local artists can read the full RFQ and begin the application process at  artshuntsville.slideroom.com. The deadline for submissions is July 24. A video orientation for interested artists will be released the week of June 13 on the Arts Huntsville YouTube Channel. Questions can be directed to Art Program Manager Jennifer Johnson at publicart@artshuntsville.org.

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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).

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.”