2014 EcoArt Projects
Brian Rust - Signs of Change / No Away
Livestream - Public Works Collaborative--consisting of Kiersten Nash, Ben Sollee, Sean Montgomery, Bland Hoke, and Dan Marwit--in partnership with the Kentucky Geological Survey" with the support of LexArts and the Department of Environmental Quality.
Surface Reflections - Bill Fontana
2013 - 2014 EcoArt Program Finalists
Oliver Hess - Los Angeles, CA
Don Lawler - Stephensport, KY
Brian Rust - Augusta, GA
Carolyn Braaksma - Denver CO
Public Works Collaborative--consisting of Kiersten Nash, Ben Sollee, Sean Montgomery, Bland Hoke, and Dan Marwit--in partnership with the Kentucky Geological Survey" with the support of LexArts and the Department of Environmental Quality.
LexArts and Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works (DEQPW) are pleased to announce the extremely successful results of an initial Call for Artists that will ultimately lead to public art proposals for the recently revised EcoART program. The program aims to generate increased awareness of environmental issues important to Lexington, celebrate Lexington's unique bluegrass environment, educate citizens about water quality and conservation, and promote a healthy and sustainable quality of life. While the goals of the program remain the same, the new focus is on larger projects with higher visibility and deeper community impact.
The recent Call for Artists, open to any professional artist experienced in large-scale public artworks focusing on environmental issues, resulted in proposals from 108 artists and artist teams from across North America, and as far away as the United Kingdom and Spain. A jury of representatives from LexArts and DEQ recently narrowed the field to 16 qualified artists.
Samples of the artists' work, along with an artist statement, were exhibited at the Downtown Arts Center's City Gallery from September 20th - October 30. The public was invited to assess the artist's qualifications and rank their top five. Voting ends September 30 and results of the public vote were considered in determining up to five finalists.
Each finalist will then be invited to visit Lexington to develop a site-specific public art proposal and will be paid $2,000 plus $600 in travel costs. Ultimately, as many as three proposals will be selected, each with a budget of up to $25,000, to be realized between October 2013 and April 2014.
Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works, Richard Moloney, says, "The EcoART program provides an opportunity to explore environmental challenges in our community in unique and creative ways." James M. Clark, LexArts President & CEO, continues, "LexArts is pleased with the high level of interest in Lexington's EcoART program and with the immense talent of the artists who submitted. We look forward to the critical insight that the public will provide during the voting process."
The EcoART program, which began 4 years ago, was created as a way to educate the public on environmental issues through artistic creation. The grants, available for any artist who has demonstrated experience in environmental public artwork, fund creative projects that educate the public about storm water, energy conservation, recycling and other environmental issues.