(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Arts Commission will offer "A Public Art Primer for Artists" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 in the McCloskey Room at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St.
The workshop is designed to provide first-hand knowledge of the public art process from the perspectives of two artists active in the field.
The workshop will feature artists Dale Enochs and Charlotte Paul. Enochs, from Bloomington, has worked in public art since 1985 primarily as a limestone sculptor. Major commissions have included the new Indianapolis Airport, the Indiana Governor's Residence, the University of Notre Dame and work in both China and Japan. Paul works in stained glass and has more than 30 years of experience in public art. Her commissions include artwork at a library, a correctional institution, several universities, churches and hospitals, a hospice home, a mental health center, a senior center and an Armed Forces Reserve center.
Enochs and Paul will give an overview of public art from the artist's perspective, including suggestions for locating and understanding notices for regional and national public art competitions and the preparation required before an idea is transformed from a sketch into a final model. They'll also discuss preliminary submission and semi-finalist requirements including images, resume, budget and timeline, as well as new avenues artists can take when public art is their goal.
The workshop is free of charge but pre-registration is requested. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 26.
This workshop is sponsored by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission and reflects the Commission's mission: to cultivate a community in which residents appreciate the value of personal and collaborative artistic activity; to encourage diversification of artistic activities and inclusion of participants from across the community; to enhance and support a high level of artistry; and to support the economic vitality and interests of local artists and arts organizations.
According to the 2012 Americans for the Arts study, Bloomington's nonprofit arts sector contributes $72.3 million to the local economy annually through direct spending by arts organizations and their audiences. For more information on the study visit www.bloomington.in.gov/arts.
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