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Take a tour and hear the story behind Seeing Spartanburg in A New Light

If you haven't yet toured Spartanburg's public art exhibition, Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, here's your chance to do so and get the inside scoop from the creative team behind the project. The Chapman Cultural Center is hosting a two-day celebration of Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light beginning February 16 with a panel discussion and Q&A featuring the creative team involved with the project. The program continues February 17 with a tour by trolley of all nine installations, led by project artist Erwin Redl, and concludes with a presentation and reception back at the Chapman Cultural Center. Guests can take advantage of a discounted rate at the Spartanburg Marriott, conveniently located across the street from the Chapman Cultural Center. There will also be access to other local cultural institutions and exhibitions. One of four recipients of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light is a large-scale public art exhibition that features nine original artworks by renown light and media artist Erwin Redl installed throughout 10 neighborhoods in Spartanburg. This project is an unprecedented partnership between Spartanburg's Chapman Cultural Center, Mayor Junie White, and the Police Department to use public art as a platform for building stronger relationships between local residents and police officers. Please RSVP by February 10, 2017 to Renee Denton at info@seeingspartanburg.com or (864) 278-9685. Via: Chapman Cultural Center

Mauldin Public Art Trail – call to South Carolina artists

[caption id="attachment_29595" align="alignright" width="300"]Mauldin Public Art 2016 Public Art Trail selection - Palmetto with Flowers by Jamie von Herndon[/caption] The City of Mauldin’s Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking submissions for the 2017 Mauldin Public Art Trail installation at the Mauldin Cultural Center. This annual program seeks to beautify the community with public art displays created by South Carolina artists. This year’s theme will be “Appreciation of Diversity” in recognition of the diverse cultural groups that came through South Carolina in the past to create today’s diverse demographics. The work should highlight diversity in a positive and unifying manner. The Public Art Trail lines the perimeter of the outdoor amphitheater at the Mauldin Cultural Center. A new work will be commissioned each year to fill the nine pre-approved sites along the perimeter. All nine sites will be filled within 10 years. For each year after the first 10 years, the oldest artwork will be replaced, resulting in a new slate of nine pieces of artwork every 10 years. Retired artworks will be relocated to other areas around the community. The City has opened a Request for Qualifications and Application at www.mauldinculturalcenter.org for interested artists. Artists, and all members of their team if applicable, must be residents of South Carolina during the duration of the project. The deadline for submission is February 27. The selection committee will choose two finalists, who will then be asked to develop conceptual designs. The final artist will be selected by mid- to late-April and given no more than 12 months for project completion, but with a target of a mid-December installation. Total budget for the annual program is not to exceed $15,000 and must be inclusive of fabrication, artist fees, and installation. The program is a partnership with the Mauldin Cultural Council, a nonprofit organization that supports the Office of Cultural Affairs. The Mauldin Cultural Council will lead the selection process with City input and present one artist and design for final approval. Contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at (864) 335-4862 with any questions.

Call for public art proposals: City of Anderson Church Street Heritage Project

Anderson Call for Art Proposal deadline: January 30 The Anderson Arts Center and the City of Anderson are requesting proposals from qualified individuals to support the public art phase of the Church Street Heritage Project. An outdoor public art display will be located in the park commemorating the once thriving business community of black entrepreneurs on Church Street in downtown Anderson. This call is open to professional artists with experience working on public art projects and creating site-specific works. Selection for this project will be made by a panel including stakeholders, design professionals, a City representative, and members of the arts community. The panel will look at the merit of the artist’s work, past experience at completing projects on time and within budget, and appropriateness and maintenance requirements of the proposed concept. The panel will also consider artists who can demonstrate sensitivity to the site and surroundings. Artists must be able to commit and effectively work within the project timeline and collaborate with the Arts Center and administration. The total artist's fee for the project is $75,000. This amount must cover all associated costs including design, materials, fabrication, travel, insurance coverage, shipping and installation. Request for qualifications and proposals deadline is January 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm (Mountain Time Zone). Read the complete guidelines and find out to submit a proposal. Via: Anderson Arts Center

Winthrop grad touts “fantastic” public arts plan for Rock Hill roundabout

From the Rock Hill Herald Article by David Thackham

[caption id="attachment_28428" align="alignleft" width="150"]brandyscholl Brandy Scholl[/caption] In truth, Brandy Scholl got her inspiration from a real-life case of #ThrowbackThursday.
Inspired by a photograph of an old buggy car and a visit to a renovated fabrics manufacturer, the recent Winthrop University graduate brainstormed and designed an intricate public arts project that may adorn the city’s new roundabout by next summer. “It’s a little surreal,” said Scholl, who designed the top concept of her class earlier this spring. “I’m still wrapping my head around the idea that I came up with this out of my head, and now it’s actually being built into this community. Being welcomed... as an artist, it’s the most gratifying thing you could possibly imagine.” Scholl, who now works as a self-employed artist in Greenville, laid out her plan in front of the Rock Hill Economic Development Corp. on Tuesday afternoon. The idea is to create what she calls a “sensory experience” by decorating the four outside edges of the roundabout circle with flowers and plants which would be adapted to each season. The effect uses the entire space and gives drivers a better visual experience as they make their way around to their exit, says Scholl. The art is funded through a portion of a $50,000 grant the city received last summer from the National Endowment for the Arts. The design drew rave reviews from David Lawrence, project manager for the Knowledge Park project, which lies close to the incoming roundabout. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Lawrence. “It’s a new gateway entering that direction, with everything heading into Knowledge Park. It’s a unique idea, and I hope it’s as colorful as her images.” Scholl’s design includes use of 10 3x3 concrete discs, carved with themes around the city, which will be placed in the ground for pedestrians to step on in between the plants. Construction on the roundabout is going smoothly, says Lawrence, and the site should be open again within the next six months. Once that starts, workers will be able to start laying in Scholl’s design. She’ll present her concept in front of the Rock Hill City Council next month for final approval. It took Scholl nearly three months to fully draw out her plans and put together her concept, which was deemed the best in her class at a board review. She was most inspired by a trip to the Springs Creative textile building on Chatham Ave., where she saw huge rolls of fabric in the warehouse. She also drew parallels from an old archive photo of a vintage Anderson motor buggy from the Rock Hill Buggy Company. “I had three posters of this traffic design hanging up all over my space alone, and I kept seeing a spinning, central part of it,” said Scholl. “That’s where the creation came from.” Although it’ll likely be about 8 to 9 months before she’s able to see the fruits of her labor, Scholl said she’s proud to see that her work has been appreciated. “The more you research, the more you know what you have,” she said. “Just getting to learn about Rock Hill’s history, that I didn’t know about, that was great.”

Light and digital media artist ready to unveil public art installations in Spartanburg

The public is invited to Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light art installations taking place Oct. 4 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Full schedule listed below. SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Award-winning light and digital media artist Erwin Redl will unveil nine public art installations in Spartanburg, S.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 as a part of Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. For more than a year, Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light has been building relationships between police officers and communities through a collaborative art-making process. The installations will be illuminated in conjunction with National Night Out events across 10 city neighborhoods, starting with a celebration at 4:30 p.m. at Mobile Suspension downtown in Denny’s Plaza, 203 E. Main St. Composed of five curtains of semi-transparent acrylic panes – nearly 7,000 in total – Mobile Suspension (pictured above) is the result of Redl’s creative design and the collective efforts of residents and police officers who volunteered to assemble the large-scale installation. During the day, sunlight will shine through the mobile, casting colors onto the ground like stained glass. At night, LED lights provided by Hubbell Lighting Inc. in Greenville, S.C. will illuminate the mobile from below. The Oct. 4 event will feature music, food and comments from Spartanburg Mayor Junie White; Jennifer Evins, CEO of the Chapman Cultural Center; Spartanburg Police Chief Alonzo Thompson and neighborhood residents, who will talk about the year-long effort to revitalize the city through art. The illumination of each installation will coincide with a neighborhood celebration at the site, ending with a grand finale at 8:30 p.m. at Glow at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, 350 Howard St., Spartanburg, S.C. See below for a schedule of the Oct. 4 celebration. “By bringing site-specific art into Spartanburg neighborhoods where residents may feel isolated from traditional cultural assets, this project is already fostering greater understanding of both the artistic process and the transformative impact of public art,” said Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of the Chapman Cultural Center. “We are eliminating barriers as residents become part of the artistic process and help translate ideas into works of art.” In 2015, the City of Spartanburg was selected as one of four communities to participate in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development. The temporary art project, funded by $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, with supplemental funding provided by regional institutions, corporations, foundations and private donors, is a partnership among Redl, the Chapman Cultural Center, the City of Spartanburg and civic leadership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFJP1yJsiAg Redl, whose art installations have illuminated spaces worldwide, has been working with neighborhood residents and community leaders for more than a year to bring the project to life. The artist said each installation is tailored to its environment and that the scale, medium and design vary significantly, ranging from workshop-based video and smaller light installations to large-scale illuminations of two smokestacks. “Different structures lead to different aesthetic explorations and community engagement possibilities,” Redl said. “Alternative structures lead to alternative results. Change is inevitable, and, through this process, we begin to see Spartanburg in a new light.” Mayor White said the efforts of Redl and all of those across the community to bring Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light to life are already bearing fruit. "The night of Oct. 4 is going to be a great night in the history of our community,” said Spartanburg Mayor Junie White. “Something special is happening in Spartanburg right now. Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light is symbolic of what is happening here, and I can't wait to see the lights come on for everyone." Oct. 4 schedule of installations: Mobile Suspension, Downtown Spartanburg

  • Denny’s Plaza, 203 E. Main St.
  • Lights On – 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 4
Five multicolored mobile curtains float above the center lawn of Denny’s Plaza, located in the heart of Spartanburg’s Downtown Cultural District. Each curtain is 51 feet long and 12 feet high and consists of a woven pattern of translucent acrylic 4-inch by 4-inch squares. The installation was designed to create a dazzling visual experience that changes depending on the time of day, the viewer’s position, and weather conditions. The five shimmering curtains are made of multicolored acrylic squares installed in specific patterns designed by the artist. Community volunteers assembled the curtains over a one-month period using specially designed clips. The rectangular shape of the site gave Redl an opportunity to play with subtle variations within a grid. The artist is interested in creating unique visceral sensations for viewers, and Mobile Suspension offers a kaleidoscopic experience that is fresh with each new encounter. River Poetry, Andrews Farm and Converse Heights
  • Cottonwood Trail, 1038 Woodburn Road
  • Lights On – 5:45 p.m.
Here, artist Erwin Redl provides an opportunity for visitors to contemplate the role of technology in our lives within a nature preserve. Located between Converse Heights and Andrews Farm neighborhoods, the Cottonwood Trail is a 116-acre urban greenspace with 4 1/2 miles of trails, and is owned and maintained by the Spartanburg Area Conservancy, a membership-based nonprofit organization. By juxtaposing LED displays similar to those used by restaurants and gas stations against the solitude of a meandering creek, the artist creates a tangible demonstration that nature and digital technology can coexist. The project presents local poetry displayed on 12 double-sided LED signs suspended above the Cottonwood Trail. Visitors can read the lines of poetry overhead as they walk along Lawson’s Fork Creek. The layered poetry dimension allows for the community to provide their thoughts, observations, and feelings about nature within this dynamic human/nature system created by the artist. The Hub City Writers Project will curate an ongoing series of poems for River Poetry through March 2017. Under One Roof, South Converse
  • Picnic Shelter, 440 S. Converse St.
  • Lights On – 6:10 p.m.
This park has special meaning to South Converse residents as a sign of local pride and a link to the past. The local neighborhood association fought hard to get this park funded and completed. Touched by the story of the park’s origin, and inspired by the evident pride in the place, Redl decided to use this picnic shelter to demonstrate the transformative power of turning something ordinary into something extraordinary. Residents have attended workshops to learn how to install and program the LED lighting for the shelter. Redl hopes local residents will want to create special light programs for dances, poetry slams, cookouts, or other events in and around the shelter. By using a simple picnic shelter as the basic structure within which many things can happen, and by involving the local community, Redl has tangibly illustrated that we are all indeed together under one roof. Islands of Light, Maxwell Hills
  • Duncan Park Lake, 293 West Park Drive
  • Lights On – 6:30 p.m.
Redl explores the fertile intersection of art, nature and technology with this installation of eight floating islands recalling the image of cattails or reeds swaying with the breeze in an aquatic environment. The scale of the site was particularly interesting to the artist, as it allowed for interactions among water, wind, and sky in addition to light and reflection. The logistical challenges of the project were first taken on by students from Daniel Morgan Technology Center. After meeting with the artist and an engineer, these young technicians created a working prototype, which became the blueprint for the finished islands. A local dock builder was engaged to install these light-topped atolls. The local waterfowl have officially adopted these islands of light. Benchmark Spartanburg, Forest Park
  • CC Woodson Recreation Center, 210 Bomar Avenue
  • Lights On – 6:55 p.m.
Benches are for sitting, yes, but they can also be a site for romance, business deals, creative pastimes or great conversations. Redl has created a chromatically pulsating bench that he hopes will invite community gatherings, poetry readings and other events that make use of the mesmerizing patterns and shifting color palette. The multiple RGB LED side-lit acrylic panels that make up the bench create an almost cinematic experience, saturating the surrounding environment with gradually morphing gradations of color. Spartanburg Swing, Hampton Heights
  • National Beta Headquarters, 267 S. Spring St.
  • Lights On – 7:15 p.m.
Twenty-six four-foot-long pendulums are evenly distributed across the glass facade of the National Beta Headquarters building. Their slow one-second pulse animates the surface of the concrete and glass structure. Mixing the simple physics of a pendulum with the off-the-shelf electronics of a small fan and flashlight LED, Spartanburg Swing creates a complex choreography. This kinetic work is controlled by small microprocessors that turn the fans and the lights on and off in intervals programmed by the artist. The pulsing movement is created entirely by intermittent fan bursts and the constant tug of gravity. The site is the international headquarters of National Beta, whose purpose is "to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership, and service among elementary and secondary school students." Headquartered in Spartanburg, the organization has more than 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally. The Hampton Heights neighborhood, comprised of homes built between the 1880s and the 1920s, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Video Village, Highland Neighborhood
  • Cammie Clagget Apartments, 317 Highland Avenue
  • Lights On – 7:35 p.m.
The artist decided he wanted to turn these empty buildings in the Cammie Clagget apartment complex inside out, transforming the now-vacant units into lanterns that face outward to tell their stories and cast their light into the surrounding community. The artist is interested in reanimating these empty spaces as a way to draw our attention to the question of impermanence and what might be possible for the future. Playing with the dual meaning of the word projection, Redl created a 52-channel video screen and directed White Elephant Enterprises and the Spartanburg Art Museum to curate the content for the installation. The selected videos feature a variety of topics but focus on stories of and about the residents of this historic neighborhood. The curators established a media production studio within the nearby Bethlehem Center to facilitate interviews with residents and to collect vintage home-movie footage and digitize family photographs from the community. The artist hopes to jump-start enthusiasm within the community for making videos of all kinds and sharing them in the public square. Glow, Beaumont Village and Northside
  • Beaumont smokestack, 400 Beaumont Avenue
  • Lights On – 8:05 p.m.
  • Northside smokestack, 350 Howard St.
  • Lights On and grand finale celebration – 8:30 p.m.
Both of the mill properties owned by Spartan Mills today serve new purposes, one as the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and the other as the administrative offices of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Originally constructed by master builder Thomas Badgett, these two colossal smokestack structures were built in the late nineteenth century out of locally made brick. Edifices such as these, in the heart of mill villages, have historical relevance and serve as symbols of adaptation and change. Redl has chosen to treat the smokestacks as two synchronized, large-scale canvases for high-powered multicolored lights that bathe the surface of the worn bricks. For the artist, these artworks offer a new way of seeing old structures. About the Artist Born in Austria in 1963, Erwin Redl finished his studies at the Vienna Music Academy with two degrees, a BA in Composition (1990) and BA in Electronic Music (1991). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in computer art at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City (MFA 1995). Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments by means of large-scale light installations. For the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the artist covered the Whitney Museum’s facade with three multicolor LED veils. In 2008 he created a sound and light installation in the Austrian Pavilion at the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain. The Pacific Design Center’s new Red Building by Cesar Pelli features four permanent installations by the artist, completed in 2013. Redl’s largest work to date is a computer-controlled, 580-foot-long-LED-installation at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, completed in 2010. Redl’s work is owned by prestigious national and international institutions, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; as well as by private collectors. For more information, www.paramedia.net. About the Chapman Cultural Center The mission of the Chapman Cultural Center is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities, and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens. Founded in 1968 with a current budget of $2.1 million, the Chapman Cultural Center is the oldest and largest countywide arts agency in the state of South Carolina and is serving as the lead arts agency and project manager for Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light. About the Public Art Challenge & Bloomberg Philanthropies The City of Spartanburg was selected in 2015 as one of four temporary public art projects from across the United States to receive a grant award from the first-ever Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Other winning cities are Gary, IN, Albany/Schenectady/Troy, NY, and Los Angeles, CA. Full information on all projects can be found at publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org. Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars. For more information, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

Furman University, Stone Academy bring color to Greenville’s North Main community

From The Greenville News Article and photos by Elizabeth Sanders Note: Stone Academy is an Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) site.

People in the (Greenville) North Main community might’ve noticed new artwork popping up across town. Stone Academy finished its third installment in a series of public murals in the area. This year’s work is a vibrant floral garden that covers the entire west-facing side of an office building at 217 Stone Avenue. The latest mural has been heavily shared on social media since a ribbon cutting earlier this week. Students at Stone have been painting murals in the area since 2014. The first was a park scene on the side of the Rite Aid at the corner of Main and Stone. In 2015, they followed with an aquarium on the side of the scouts building at Earle Street Baptist Church. [caption id="attachment_26714" align="alignright" width="300"]Stone Academy Mural A mural decorates the side of an office building at 217 Stone Avenue. Students from Stone Academy, along with Furman University students and volunteers from the community painted the mural.[/caption] This year the students created a vibrant floral garden on the side of an office building at 217 Stone Avenue. For the first time, they had a little help from Furman University students For years, Furman's arts students have participated in Artisphere. They’ve worked with chalk artists in the past, and this year the university sponsored the art lab. "We had two students that did some demos. It was great,” said Furman Arts Chair Ross McClain. “They got to show off their skills and interact with folks. That's what we want to do." That experience served as inspiration to become more engaged in the community. "I knew Stone Academy was doing this mural thing,” said McClain. “I live in this neighborhood and my kids go to Stone. I wanted to figure out some way we could connect,” he said. McClain reached out to Stephanie Burnette who heads up the Stone Academy effort as well as city council member Amy Ryberg Doyle to discuss the project. Burnette invited the Furman students to help finish the Stone Avenue mural, while Doyle pointed McClain to Gene Berger with Horizon Records, where the idea for another mural was born. "I had been hearing from Gene Berger that he wanted to preserve the Stone Academy art in his lot," said Doyle, referring to art work from former Stone students that has begun aging after seven or eight years. McClain decided to use his maymester course, often called May experience or “May ex” because the bonus semester serves to get students and faculty out of their comfort zones, to complete the project. Seven students, only one of them an arts major, spent May ex collaborating with McClain and local artist Charlie Tyre on the project. "This was a big gateway to get kids to sort of wade into art, because so many people have been talked out of it over the years," said McClain. "They got to see what goes in to creating public art." The result is the newly placed Southern Sounds mural outside of Horizon Records (pictured above). It highlights local musicians who've impacted the Greenville community in unique ways. The mural features Russ Morin, a former local montessori school art teacher and artisan who built handmade ukeleles. Morin was heavily involved with the Horizon community. He passed away last year from cancer. The other side of the mural honors Josh White, a Greenville native who became the first African American artist to sell a million records. His big hit "one meatball" is highlighted on the mural. For the city’s part, it pitched in a $1,000 Art in Public Places grant. “Art fills in the cracks in the city,” said Doyle, “we try to promote good housing and good business and good entertainment, retail and restaurants. When we see project from various leaders in the city, we're glad to support them.” The mural which sits on the north side of the Horizon parking lot is made of six large panels. The concrete wall beneath it is incorporated into the work. According to Doyle, the older paintings that were replaced will be preserved and returned to Stone Academy where they can once again hang.

Call for art: Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District

Submission deadline is June 10. The Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District seeks proposals for temporary public art for its newly designated cultural district, a concentrated and diverse area of arts and creative enterprises that includes rapidly growing visual and performing arts as well as creative businesses. The public artwork placed within this district should visually communicate and celebrate Spartanburg’s cultural vibrancy. The temporary public art project is a partnership between the South Carolina Arts Commission, Chapman Cultural Center, The Spartanburg Art Museum and the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District Steering Committee. This call is open to local and regional individual, collectives or groups of artists living and working in the Southeast. This call is a juried process that involves professionals working in the visual arts as well as the Spartanburg Cultural District Steering Committee. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 10, 2016. Criteria:

  • Artwork that utilizes existing structures from public benches, lamp posts, electrical boxes, street curbs, etc.
  • 2D and/or 3D artwork will be installed outside within the 4 block radius of the Cultural District, thus it must be able to withstand the elements for 90 days.
  • Artwork that invites and can withstand public interaction.
  • Not required, but strongly desired, is artwork that utilizes repurposed or upcycled materials
Find the application and submission details online. Via: Chapman Cultural Center  

Reminder — submissions for Mauldin Public Art Trail due Feb. 29

South Carolina artists encouraged to apply.

The City of Mauldin and the Mauldin Cultural Council in Mauldin, S.C., invite all South Carolina-based visual artists, working solo or as a team, to submit qualifications for the Mauldin Public Art Trail. The selected artist/team will create work in any medium that reflects the specific theme “South Carolina Strong." The maximum budget for the project is $15,000 – inclusive of all artist fees, materials, travel, and construction. The selection committee will choose two finalists who will then be asked to develop conceptual designs.  The final artist will be selected by mid- to late-April and given no more than 12 months for project completion, but with a target of a December installation.

View the complete application online.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 29, 2016, at 5 p.m.

The Public Art Trail lines the perimeter of the outdoor amphitheater at the Mauldin Cultural Center.  The first work, The Depot by artist Joey Manson of Central, was installed in December 2015. A new work will be commissioned each year to fill the nine pre-approved sites along the perimeter.  All nine sites will be filled within 10 years.  For each year after the first 10 years, the oldest artwork will be replaced, resulting in a new slate of nine pieces of artwork every 10 years.  Retired artworks will be relocated to other areas around the community.

The program is a partnership with the Mauldin Cultural Council, a nonprofit organization that supports the Office of Cultural Affairs.  The Mauldin Cultural Council will lead the selection process with City input and present one artist and design for final approval.

Via: Mauldin Cultural Council

Applications open for Mauldin Public Art Trail

South Carolina artists invited to apply; deadline is Feb. 29. From the Greenville News Article by Scott Keeler

Just weeks after the first piece of art was unveiled along the Mauldin Public Art Trail, the application process for the next piece is underway. The Public Art Trail lines the perimeter of the outdoor amphitheater at the Mauldin Cultural Center. A new work will be commissioned each year to fill the nine bump-outs from the sidewalk along the perimeter. All nine sites will be filled within ten years. The first artwork, installed in December, was a steel sculpture called "The Depot" and designed by Central artist Joey Manson. It had different parts that reflected Mauldin's history as part of last year's theme, "Crossroads." This year's theme has more of a state-wide significance. "This year's theme is 'South Carolina Strong' in recognition of the tragic events in Charleston and the flooding this summer," Mauldin Office of Cultural Affairs Administrator George McLeer said. "The goal is for the work we select to reflect the resilience of our state during those times." With only South Carolina artists eligible to have their work chosen for the Art Trail, McLeer said any theme in a given year could have ties to the local community and/or state. "With a new theme each year that's chosen by our (Mauldin) Cultural Council made up of members of our community, the works of art over the course of time will end up sort of encapsulating major events," McLeer said. "It becomes a timeline." While the weather has either been rainy or cold in the weeks since the first installation, McLeer said "The Depot" has gotten good reviews. "Everyone really likes the sculpture," McLeer said. "In the coming weeks, we will be installing a plaque that will have both the artist's description of the work as well as pictures of how the work was developed. "We're looking forward to having another piece. The more we have, the more of an attraction the site becomes." The City of Mauldin has opened up a Request for Qualifications and Application on its website for interested artists this year. Artists, and all members of their team if applicable, must be residents of South Carolina during the duration of the project. The deadline for submission is Feb. 29. The selection committee will choose two finalists who will then be asked to develop conceptual designs. The final artist will be selected by mid- to late-April. Total budget for the annual program is not to exceed $15,000. McLeer said the Cultural Council requested feedback from last year's finalists on how the selection process was structured and received positive reviews. "The only thing different is that last year we had essentially 12 months for fabrication," McLeer said. "This year, we're still allowing up to 12 months, but we have a target of December to install it to try to get in installed within the calendar year." The RFQ and Application are available online at www.cityofmauldin.org/oca. For more info, contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at (864) 335-4862.

First piece of new Mauldin Public Art Trail unveiled

From The Greenville News Article by Scott Keeler; photo (above) by Heidi Heilbrunn

Just minutes before a ceremony to unveil the first piece of artwork at the Mauldin Public Art Trail Tuesday afternoon, a train rolled down the tracks across from the Mauldin Cultural Center. While it wasn't part of the program schedule, the train whistle blowing was a perfect way to signal the start of this particular event. The Depot"The Depot," a metal sculpture created by Central artist Joey Manson, officially was unveiled as the debut piece of the Art Trail. It was inspired by the theme for this inaugural year of the Art Trail, which was "Crossroads" signifying Mauldin's geography and history. "Mauldin’s historical borders were first drawn as a circle centered around a train depot. Highways now encircle a city that was once a crossroads, and the railroad still runs straight through," Manson said. "The Depot" references and abstracts the historical and current transportation paths and symbolizes the dynamic forces that surround and connect Mauldin today." During the application process to have artwork selected, Manson visited Mauldin and made a trip to the library. There he found a book on the history of the city and the creative juices began to flow. Manson's selected artwork features a blue core that resembles a turning propeller surrounded by intertwining green beams with a straight dark gray beam in the middle of it all. Manson said the gray represents the train running through the heart of the city. "The blue part is a circle that represents the town limits of Mauldin when it was initially founded," Manson said. "The (green) lines are an abstraction of the major highways that run through this site. "This (blue section) being a propeller also lends itself to the airfield that was around here and the turbines. That was a big part of the industry that developed Mauldin to where it is today." The ceremony began with Mauldin Office of Cultural Affairs Administrator George McLeer welcoming the crowd and citing the Mauldin Cultural Council, the city's nonprofit partner in the selection of the artwork. Mauldin Cultural Council Chairman Eddie Phillips then introduced Cultural Council members in attendance and thanked everyone for coming. "We're very delighted so many of you took time off to come and participate in this today," Phillips said. "This is the beginning of something great." Mayor Dennis Raines also spoke, praising the partnership the city enjoys with Cultural Council, before Manson cut the ribbon off the sculpture. During his time in Mauldin, McLeer has searched for ways to display more public artwork. The Art Trail starts on the perimeter of the outdoor amphitheater behind the Cultural Center and curls around toward the front connecting with the Veterans Walk. The original plans for the Arts Trail was the Veterans Walk until it was decided to build it closer to the Veterans Memorial along East Butler Road. "We were then left with all these concrete bump-outs that were already installed," McLeer said. "As much as we all like places to sit around parks, we were going to end up with a lot of benches in these bump-outs. So we came up with this alternative way to fill them." After Mauldin City Council unanimously approved the Arts Trail plan last December, the application process for South Carolina artists who wanted to try to contribute. Manson's piece was chosen in the spring. "The Depot" is the first of what will be nine installations along the trail with a new piece added each year. It will take a total of ten years to install all nine works, and every year after the first ten, the oldest installation is replaced with a new piece – creating a new slate of public artwork every ten years. Retired pieces will be relocated to permanent locations around the community. McLeer said that's one of the most exciting aspects of the Art Trail. With new themes each year as Mauldin continues to grow, there should be a variety of different art displayed over the years. McLeer said it could serve as a timeline for Mauldin. "It's a well-paced endeavor. ... In 25 years, we will have 25 pieces of public artwork around our community," McLeer said. "As these pieces retire and get relocated, we're going to see them at schools, or libraries, other parks or other greenspaces. "It points towards a larger vision of Mauldin to have the arts thrive all over our community."