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April 21, 2014

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Jeffersonville asking for public sculpture designs

Chosen artists will have work displayed around city

JEFFERSONVILLE — Anyone with a creative mind and a deft hand is asked to design artwork for the city.

The Jeffersonville Public Arts Commission is calling for entries for multiple art projects from local professional artists and talented hobby artists alike.

Dawn Spyker, member of the commission board, said the four categories for the projects are for art that is immediately needed, especially in anticipation of the opening of the Big Four Bridge.

“We want and we need more artwork in our community,” said Spyker, who praised New Albany’s public art. “We would love to do the same thing here, and I think that we’re ready for it.”

One of these entries is sculptural bench designs to be placed along sidewalks of Chestnut Street in Jeffersonville’s historic district. Benches should be for outdoor, permanent use and be able to fit three people comfortably. The public arts commission will select four designs.

“We prefer them to be sculptural, and kind of fun,” said Spyker, who is co-owner of Silica ceramic studio in downtown Jeffersonville.

The second project, called “On the Berm,” is the creation of sculptural or landscape interventions in an open space adjacent to Jeffersonville City Hall. These designs must be of sculptures that are “monumental, oversized or that make intentional use of the land through innovative and thoughtful design,” according to the commission’s specifications.

The arts commission is also asking for sculptural bike racks, which are needed once more cyclists come over the Big Four Bridge. Seven designs will be selected — two large, two medium and three small.

Lastly, Spyker said the board is calling for crosswalk designs to replace old crosswalks in the downtown district.

“What we’re looking for to is something unique, something that ties into that particular area,” Spyker said. “ ... We didn’t really want to provide too much information on it because we wanted people to use their creativity.”

Once submission deadlines have passed for each project, the arts commission, along with other civic groups such as City Pride and members from the Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Alliance, will narrow down entries and vote on final picks.

Spyker said that submissions can also be made by collaborative groups.

“I think by opening it up this way, it opens up the possibilities a bit more,” she said. “This gives the opportunity for people to present us with things that we wouldn’t have thought of or found. I think it’s kind of exciting and refreshing to see what’s out there.”

Chosen artists will be paid for their commissioned work — in both money and something less tangible.

“It gives artists an opportunity to be more connected with their community,” Spyker said.

 

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Rachel May, New Albany, left, works with Julia Coward, 13, Jeffersonville, during the Rachel May Studios and New Albany Production House's Jam Camp in New Albany on Thursday afternoon. A total of six participants attended the week-long camp for teenagers where they worked on songwriting, musicianship, artist development, and recording.

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