By Anne-Leslie Owens, Public Art + Placemaking Project Manager
Metro Arts is reaching a BIG milestone this year, its 40th anniversary! Focusing for many years on the arts grants program, Metro Arts increased its community investment in 2000 with the establishment of the “one percent for public art” program. The Metro Public Art Collection is now the state’s largest with 50 permanent artworks found in libraries, community centers, parks, and within the transportation infrastructure.
To celebrate our 40th year, Metro Arts is expanding the collection in a new and exciting way with Art WORKS, an initiative to acquire works created by local artists for installation in public spaces within Metro buildings. The first phase, “40 for 40,” will result in the installation of 40 artworks in the Historic Metro Courthouse and the Metro Office Building. It will include sculpture, painting, mixed media, prints, photography, and textiles, all created by professional artists in Nashville-Davidson County. The wall-hung artworks will be installed in the corridors, waiting areas, and conference rooms. Like the rest of the Metro Public Art Collection, it will be free and open to the public during business hours. Additionally, it will be viewable on the Metro Arts website and mobile website ExploreNashvilleArt.com.
For the Historic Metro Courthouse, a citizen selection panel chose artists whose work is creative, innovative, and reflects Nashville’s spirit of community, service, justice, and equity. Selected artists include: Amelia Briggs, Dane Carder, Carla Ciuffo, Samuel Dunson, Jessica Eichman, Richard Feaster, Gil Given, Amelie Guthrie, Johan Hagaman, Brady Haston, Jodi Hays, Courtney Adair Johnson, Bill Killebrew, Bryant Lamont, Emily Leonard, Megan Lightell, Rob Matthews, Michael McBride, Susan McGrew, Joe Nolan, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Austin Reavis, KJ Schumacher, Hannah Lane Scott, Karen Seapker, Tony Sobota, Vadis Turner, Tara Walters, and Kelly Williams. Artworks will be installed in the Courthouse and a public dedication will be held in late 2018.
A second call to artists is currently open for the purchase of artwork for the Metro Office Building, home to Metro Arts, Planning, Codes, Development Services, Water, and the Election Commission satellite office. For this building, Metro Arts will purchase wall-hung artworks from 11 local artists with a thematic focus on neighborhoods. Individual artists, galleries, and artists’ reps are encouraged to apply. After a selection panel determines the artists, Metro Arts will make studio and gallery visits to identify artworks for purchase.
Visit Metro Arts’ Submittable page www.mnac.submittable.com/submit to apply. Deadline is Friday, April 13. For more information, contact Anne-Leslie Owens at email@example.com.