|By Joy Campbell, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The biennial exhibition, called "RiverArtes: The Art of Placemaking," will be at the museum from
The museum has invited more than 3,000 sculptors from across the U.S. to submit proposals that will be featured in the exhibit. The works will be designed to "celebrate the vitality of
About 100 proposals will be selected for the exhibition at the museum, where artists will showcase their works with scale models, photographs or other illustrations. These will be reviewed by potential sponsors and the public.
"The exhibit at the museum is designed to be informative and educational and to give the community an opportunity to become acquainted with what is available to lease," Hood said. "One of the things we hope will be popular will be selection of the Community Award. Visitors to the museum will be invited to vote for their favorite piece."
From that voting will emerge a piece that the majority of visitors have selected -- one they would like to see in the community.
"Then we would act on the community's wishes and seek a sponsor," she said.
The exhibition of scale models, photographs and other illustrations is sponsored by
Artists whose pieces are selected for installation will receive a stipend of
They will be responsible for transport to and from the installation site and for oversight of the installation process. Sponsors will provide sites and insure the works for the two-year lease period.
Artists may enter the competition by visiting the museum's website at www.omfa.us or calling the museum at 270-685-3181.
The whole idea is to begin a biennial event, Hood said.
The first installation, in fact, has been selected already, she said. It is an aluminum assembly of large, ornate lanterns hanging from a chain. "It's very attractive and unique and illuminates at night," she said.
It will be installed on the north side of
Another piece also is planned for the east front lawn of the
This art initiative, while new and different, builds on the work that started with the work of the
The museum also added two bronze statues at
"The model we have adopted for this is based on initiatives found in cities around the country that are doing this," Hood said. "We're not reinventing the wheel but continuing a tradition."
While the art through this initiative will be leased for two years, the pieces also will be for sale, she said.
"As often is the case, the works are such perfect fits for the community, they are purchased by sponsors," Hood said.
They may be purchased by a variety of sponsors including granting agencies, foundations and the public, private and corporate sectors, she said.
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