Arts Huntsville Releases RFP for Two Temporary Public Art Installations with Announcement of Artist Development Workshop Series

 

– Exclusive opportunity for local artists/artist teams, workshop participants –

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville has released a local Request for Proposals (RFP) for two temporary public art installations in conjunction with the announcement that registration is now open for its Public Artist Development Workshop series, “Taking Your Art Public.” The series will allow local artists to develop their public art skills and the opportunity to formally apply and submit an RFP for the two upcoming installations.

The five-series workshop kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, with the RFP information introduced, and runs through the end of October 2021, with the two local artists being selected at the final workshop. To be eligible to apply, local artists and/or artist teams must attend the workshop either in person at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment or via YouTube live streaming – as this learning experience will allow local studio artists to learn from public art professionals on how to apply and be selected for art commissions within the public art realm.

“Huntsville is home to a dynamic art community, and we are seeing more public art opportunities emerge in both municipal projects and private development,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville executive director. “This workshop is designed to help Huntsville artists enter the public art field and compete for projects that match their expertise locally, regionally and nationally.”

 

“Taking Your Art Public” Series Information

Session One – Behind the Scenes, Thursday, September 16 – led by Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director, Arts Huntsville:

Workshop partners will introduce the workshops and goals and share how the public art process works, who gets selected and how the decisions are made.

Session Two – Going for It, Thursday, September 23– led by Herb Williams, artist:

A public art artist will share how they transitioned their work from the studio to the public realm and moved from smaller sculptural pieces to larger commissions.

Session Three – Public Art Collaborators, Thursday, September 30

A design professional explains ways an architect, engineer or other professional in the building industry can help artists achieve their goals, including providing needed drawings and access to a network of connections and advice from others in the field.

Session Four – Stepping up the Public Ladder, Thursday, October 14 (note: no workshop Thursday, October 7) – led by Teri Alea, public art consultant, former public art project manager:

A public art professional will share how artists progress from entry‐level projects to bigger commissions, including developing public art teams, expanding expertise and incorporate team members of public art projects.

Session Five – Presentation and Project Selection, Thursday, October 21:

The final workshop will include proposal presentations by workshop participants, jurying and selection for two $2,500 commissions.

 

Arts Huntsville serves as the public art program manager for the City of Huntsville and is producing the series with support by Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. The upcoming series was designed around local artists’ response to a public art survey that was completed in fall of 2020. The two public art installations will be located in Huntsville, one at Lowe Mill and the other location to be announced during the series. Both installations will remain in place for approximately one year.

 

Interested local artists can learn more and register by visiting:  http://www.artshuntsville.org/public-art/public-artist-workshops/

Once the series concludes, the YouTube live streaming videos will be released to the public.

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Arts Huntsville is a non-profit organization founded in 1962. Our mission is to stimulate and support 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. Arts Huntsville serves as the local arts agency for the City of Huntsville and the greater metropolitan region, supporting artists, arts organizations, residents, and visitors through four core program areas: Arts Promotion & Support, Arts Education, Community Events and Public Art.

 

 

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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