Carnegie Center accepting artist proposals for 2013 New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series

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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:50 pm

The Carnegie Center for Art and History and the New Albany Urban Enterprise Association are accepting proposals from artists for the 2013 New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series.

Artists may download complete submission guidelines at the project website: The postmark deadline for artist proposals is Jan. 3, 2013.

 The New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series is a multi-year outdoor exhibition of temporary art installations that interpret New Albany’s history and heritage through the eyes of artists. In the spring of 2010, five temporary works of art were installed in the downtown historic district. Because of its importance to the founding and development of New Albany, the Ohio River was the basis for the historic themes that served as inspiration for the first five works of art.

 Three new artworks were installed in 2011 based on historic themes relating to Industry and Agriculture and the 2012 artworks interpret themes of Home and Community Life in New Albany.  The project culminates in 2013 with New Albany’s Bicentennial Commemoration.  

The inspiration for the fourth round of installation artworks in 2013 will be historic themes relating to Art, Culture and Entertainment.

Three artists or artist teams will be selected from the proposals and given a $4,000 honorarium each to create outdoor artworks that will be installed in the spring of 2013 to remain on view for two years. Each selected artwork will interpret one of the following historic themes: Clubs & Organizations; Culinary Arts; Museums & History; Performing Arts & Entertainment; and Visual Arts & Artists.

 “We are eager to see the interesting, personal ways in which artists will respond to these histories,” said Carnegie Center curator Karen Gillenwater.

 While artists must interpret the theme in a way that is accurate to the facts of that history, the Project is not looking for literal displays of the theme, but rather unique and innovative interpretations of one or more aspects of the theme. 

Three installation sites have been selected for 2013: a grass area facing Elm Street on the south side of the building at Riverview Towers, 500 Scribner Dr.; the south-facing wall of Wick’s Pizza, 225 State St.; and the New Albany Farmer’s Market Building, 202 East Market St. Full details and images relating to the 2013 historic themes can be found on the project website: and additional images are on the project Facebook page: .

  The community will be able to enjoy the artworks and meet the artists at the New Albany Public Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 22 (rain date June 29).

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