Monday, July 22, 2013

Columbia "one" to handle Columbia SC Public Art Projects


I recently heard that Columbia One will be handling public art projects for the City of Columbia. There hasn't been a lot of information published on what the projects will be other than that they are public art and will most likely be on Main Street. Well, Lord knows I love a good public art project, it has been a long time since Columbia had an arts advocate that assisted artists by creating public art projects in Columbia SC. As an artist that participated in both the Steel Palmetto Tree project and the Doors Project and when the Columbia Garage closed we created 8 items from junk left in the garage and 7 sold on the first night at the SC State Museum! Now ... you understand why... we need public art projects. The trees and the doors adorned the city for several months and it was a lot of fun to see Columbia Streets filled with art!

About four years ago, I started painting in front of live audiences to live music and poetry at events such as art receptions, music festivals, art festivals, night clubs and other special community events. The past few months, I have not been performing or painting live as I have been concentrating on restoring my health. I fully anticipate a complete recovery of my health and plan to be painting live again and also doing public art projects as well as being in art shows.

The original deadline for the first group of artists was set for July 15, 2013. It took over 8 hours to complete all the info and send the jpegs they requested. I made sure I got my entry in on time. Today, I heard the deadline has been extended to August 15th. Any artist that has not applied yet, should at least fill out the paperwork at their online website and submit as they are initially putting together an artist roster. From there, they will select some of the artists to submit proposals for projects which they will explain in the request for proposal. There will be more than one opportunity, from what I understand.  They plan to contact artists to request proposals by Aug. 30, 2013. 

Columbia SC "One"

Good luck to us all... I can't wait to see our city covered in Art....
Yours Truly,
Jean Bourque

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