Legacy Foundation and the City of Gary Redevelopment Commission launch The 2017 Downtown Gary Public Art Competition with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The purpose of the Gary Public Art Competition is to give local artists an opportunity to undertake the challenge of creating a work of art in a public space within Gary, Indiana.
“Art, especially in public places, can be a key tool in the community development process,” said Legacy Foundation Vice President Kelly Anoe. “The impact of bringing people together can bolster social inclusion and strengthen residents’ connections to the place where they live.”
Artists must demonstrate a connection to the City of Gary (live, work, family, childhood, etc) and be 18 years of age or older to apply. There are 19 available sites from which an artist can select, including Gateway Park, Hudson-Campbell Sport & Fitness Center, and the Fire Station #1.
Eight artists will be selected and awarded to design and execute their projects in the categories: open, sculpture, and mural. Open concept can include elements of mural and/or sculpture art in addition to landscape, architectural, community art, digital new media, light, sound, and more. Sculptures can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and materials. They can be visual, functional, or interactive. Murals must be a one-of-a-kind work of art, which is hand-created and applied directly to the surface of a physical structure.
The deadline to submit qualification materials is June 30, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Legacy Foundation will notify artists if they are selected to submit a formal proposal by July 7. Winners will be publicly announced in August. Award amounts range from $25,000 to $3,000.
“We hope these structures serve as a conversation piece and central gathering space for people who may not otherwise come together,” said Anoe.
This competition follows another art challenge hosted by Legacy Foundation and the Gary Public Transportation Corporation. In fall 2016, with funding support from the Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund at Legacy Foundation, the partnership put out a call for artists and designers to submit their concepts for artistic elements in bus stops along the Broadway corridor. Art for the stations that run from Gary to Crown Point will be installed this summer.