Artists Announced for First Van Aken District Public Art Project
Public meeting with artists to be held on Wednesday, June 27
Dateline: June 21, 2018 – The City and its partner LAND studio announce the selection of the team of Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik, Canadian artists based in Buffalo, NY, to create the first piece of public art in the Van Aken District. Kempster and Jamrozik will present their portfolio and join in a community conversation at a public meeting on Wednesday, June 27 from 6-8 pm at The Dealership, 3558 Lee Rd. Input from this meeting and information from a tour of the District will inform site selection and design of the art. The meeting is open to the public.
A Call for Artists sought qualifications for the creation of an art piece that would address guiding principles for public art in the District, which include gathering people into the Van Aken District, connection to the surrounding neighborhoods, creation of a cohesive artscape to reflect the District's identity, inclusiveness, and balance of beauty and function. These principles were developed through extensive community input into the creation of a comprehensive public art strategy. This will be the first of several art investments to be made over the next few years in the District.
The recently appointed Public Art Committee comprised of residents active in the local arts community, reviewed submissions from seventeen artists from which they selected the winning team. Members on the committee are: Leslye Arian, Michael Obertacz, Ronnie Pyles, Thomas Starinsky, David Thal and Sandra Madison, who is the City's Architectural Board of Review representative on the committee. Director of Planning Joyce Braverman chairs the committee; Principal Planner Ann Klavora staffs the committee.
The budget for the project is $10,000, which includes fees for the artists, and fabrication and installation of the piece. The project will be installed in the fall of 2018 in celebration of the opening of the Van Aken District.
Kempster and Jamrozik's work Dialogue was recently on display at the Eastman Reading Garden at the Main Library in Cleveland. The interactive piece highlighted the team's aim to "create spaces, objects and situations that interrupt the ordinary in critically engaging and playful ways."
Mayor David E. Weiss noted the importance of this project, "Public art plays a critical role in beautifying the City and encouraging people to come together in public spaces. Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik, who were selected for this very important first piece of public art in the District, have a history of creative projects that invite people to engage with each other and with their surroundings. I look forward to seeing how their finished artwork will transform the space and how visitors to the District will interact with it."
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