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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Public Art for the World of Wonder Park at Southeast Clarke Park Request for Proposals

Call Summary

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) invites professional artists to submit their proposals and images of previous public art projects for consideration in the playground improvement project at the World of Wonder Park at Southeast Clarke Park, Athens, Georgia. The selected artist(s) will work with the ACAC and staff of the Leisure Services Department to create an artwork that complements the park’s new design and function.

Project Overview and Site Description

Athens-Clarke County, GA is a university town known for its historic, diverse, and creative environment. Athenians love their parks and leisure programs. The history of the Southeast Clarke Park land includes stories of Creek Indians, a 200-year old plantation, an historic family cemetery, and more.

The World of Wonder Park is a SPLOST funded redevelopment of a grassroots, neighborhood park established in 2004 that has come to the end of its lifecycle. The reimagined playground will include new equipment, landscaping, picnic tables, seating, multi-use trail and fence enclosure. A percent of the park construction cost has been approved for public art.

World of Wonder Park is bounded by Whit Davis Road (across from residential neighborhoods) and woods/greenspace. Whit Davis Road is a busy corridor on the east side of Athens. This area of town has no public art, so everyone is excited and interested in this project. The site that has been selected for public art should be visible from the road, and is essentially at the entrance to the children’s park.

See additional Information and preliminary site concept online at:

Public Art Goals & Criteria:

The goals for including public art in this project are to enhance the visual and experiential appeal of the park for all visitors, as well as to foster community pride and identity.

The stakeholder group guiding the project has identified the following criteria for public art in the park:
  1. Original work created by the submitting artist
  2. Quality art that is appealing to all ages and abilities
  3. 3-Dimensional installation that does not entirely block parents’ view of children
  4. Interactive/sensory, but non-climbing
  5. Compatible with surroundings, related to the site
  6. Materials that are highly durable, non-toxic, and resistant to normal weathering and vandalism, suitable for a playground
  7. Requires easy/minimal maintenance and installation


The budget for this project is $32,000 all-inclusive. This means including, but not limited to, design, materials, fabrication, insurance, travel, installation and artist’s fees.


The following timeline is contingent with the Southeast Clarke Park construction schedule and may be changed, but is current as of this RFP as follows:
  • Site visit: Friday, September 9, 10:00 a.m.
  • Application deadline: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
  • Selection panel meeting: by October 16
  • Finalist will be contacted in late October
  • Mayor & Commission vote on recommended artist(s) in November
  • Work on the park renovation is scheduled to begin in June, with possible completion in October (earliest)
  • Art installation in April (earliest)

Final Proposal Submissions:

All proposals must be submitted to Athens-Clarke County’s online system of calls for entry. All of the following must accompany your submission or it cannot be considered:
  1. Contact information, including your name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail.
  2. A resume with contact information for at least three (3) professional references.
  3. Five (5) images of your previous work with annotated image descriptions (a link to an online portfolio is allowable). May include detail images.
  4. A proposal describing the public art concept for this project, including a list of the materials, special equipment or other needs, and timeline. Give enough detail to support your budget. The media chosen to convey the proposed design(s) is up to your discretion, whether hand-drawn, computer generated, digital media, or photographs. However, all designs must be uploaded as a digital image to the application website.
  5. A budget for all costs of the proposed artwork(s), including, but not limited to, design, materials, fabrication, insurance, travel, installation including foundation/supports, and artist’s fees. 


Marc Beechuk, Chairman
Athens Cultural Affairs Commission

Sydney Cross, Clemson University Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art Emerita, "Perpetual/Surrender" Solo Exhibit at Riverworks and Benson Campus Galleries

The natural world is multilayered and complex. Humankind has always struggled to understand nature and has made progress in decoding some of its systems. Unfortunately, in many cases, that decoding has given us the power to alter nature but not the foresight to understand how our alterations might affect nature's interdependencies and complexity. As technology provides us with more and more knowledge, we struggle to recognize our place in nature and how to value the natural world and each other. Sydney Cross's studio practice challenges us to examine these values. She states, "The title Perpetual/Surrender refers to the 'perpetual' narrative involved with the issue of how we value and 'surrender' refers to our collective acquiescence."

Syd mirrors the complexity of her subjects by layering images collected from photographs of natural history dioramas and mass media with hand-drawn images, all recorded in hand-print processes. She confronts headlines by using mass media images to provoke questions about our cultural and political values. According to Syd, "The work represented here addresses my concerns for nature and all living beings, how we treat one another, and the values from which we operate. Some methods for presenting these ideas use images of animals, news events, and media sources." Perpetual/Surrender is visually stunning - that visual enticement seduces us, allowing us to consider the thought-provoking or even confrontational narratives. Because this exhibition is so extensive, it is hung in two locations, Riverworks Gallery in downtown Greenville and the Benson Campus Galleries in Taylors.

Cross has recently retired after sharing her passion and expertise as an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art at Clemson University. Her students are successful printmakers and teachers across the United States. Syd's prints are collected and exhibited both nationally and internationally.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. RIVERWORKS Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC. The Benson Campus Galleries are located at 2522 Locust Hill Road in Taylors, SC.

Benson Campus: August 22 - October 17
RIVERWORKS: August 26 - October 7

Benson Campus: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday
RIVERWORKS: 1-6pm Thursday - Sunday 

Artist's Reception 
RIVERWORKS: First Friday, September 2, 6-9pm

Gallery Talk 
Benson Campus: TBA
RIVERWORKS: First Friday, September 2 at 7pm

For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Director                   
RIVERWORKS Gallery                         
(864) 271-0679 or email                             
or visit 

Caren Stansell, Clemson University MFA in Art (printmaking) Candidate, Opens "Home is Where the Heart Is" Solo Exhibition at Paper Plane Gallery in College Park, GA

August 25-October 6, 2016

Artist's talk and reception, August 25, 7-10pm

Paper Plane Gallery
3731 #2 Main Street
College Park, GA 30337
(entrance on Harvard Avenue)

12pm-5pm Friday & Saturday
Open late for special events and by appointment

Caren Stansell holds the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art from  Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, and  the Associate of Arts degree in Art from Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC.  She has shown her work in numerous exhibitions in North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan.  She serves on the Steering Committee for the Contemporary Print Collective in Upstate South Carolina.  For more information about Caren, please go to her web site:  

Paper Plane Gallery is an exhibition space focusing on new American works on paper, printmaking, and artists' books. Assemblage, sculpture, performance, and installation involving printmaking and/or paper are especially encouraged.

Both established and emerging artists are represented; we also host special events showcasing the private collections of some of the nation's most avid collectors of historic and contemporary works on paper and prints.

In the spirit of growing the culture of art collecting, and providing truly equal and democratic access to art, Paper Plane Gallery offers works for sale at all price points, and most events are free of charge. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Internships at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

Interns at the City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park have unique opportunities to experience the inner workings of a municipal gallery, meet local artists and discuss their work with them, all the while expanding their resumes with hands-on experience.  Some responsibilities of interns may include: 

  • Aid coordinator in the installation and de-installation of exhibitions
  • Assist with supervision of gallery produced special events such as opening receptions, artist/curator lectures, and performing arts events
  • Research artists for upcoming exhibitions
  • Ensure that the gallery is open and manned during normal operating hours

  • Assist coordinator with marketing/didactic materials including postcard mailing, exhibition catalogues, and e-mail invitations.
  • Distribute marketing materials including postcard mailings and press kits
  • Aid Coordinator in the solicitation of school and civic groups to attend gallery tours during exhibitions.
  • Manage social media accounts - write and edit posts to advertise the gallery’s current and upcoming events/exhibitions

  • Conduct research to identify potential funding sources including private donors, corporate sponsors, and grant opportunities.
  • Maintain database of potential funding sources
  • In collaboration with OCA Director, Development Manager, Finance Manager, and Gallery Coordinator, write and prepare grant applications, sponsorship proposals, and funding requests.

  • Assist with special event layouts and logistics
  • Assist with supervision of special events to maintain adherence to event guidelines

Candidates should have a background in Art, Art History, or Arts Administration/Management.  Interested applicants should email their resume and contact information to

Call-4-Exhibition / Project Proposals: DEMO Project

DEMO Project is an artist-run contemporary project gallery in Springfield, Illinois. The space was launched in September of 2013 with the knowledge that the small bungalow home in which we reside is slated for demolition. The demolition of our facility now comes more into focus: the structure could come down as soon as spring 2017, though it’s still unclear. Much like the terrain of contemporary art, the future is unknown and unpredictable --- but our focus remains honed on cultivating a strong and meaningful presence of contemporary art in our immediate community of Springfield and our region of Central Illinois.

In response to the inevitable demolition of our current (and beloved) facility, we solicit proposals for expanded programming. We are happy to announce a small back gallery space for which we will accept proposals, as well as a call for proposals that are not reliant on an interior exhibition space, but rather: the front and back porch of DEMO Project, the adjacent empty lot and surrounding lawn, the exterior surface of the home, etc. Any interpretation or potential use of the exterior site and surrounding grounds will be considered. Proposals may be singularly devoted to the new gallery space or the grounds, or both. We are particularly interested in proposals that utilize exterior site and adjacent grounds.

This new facet of programming is malleable, and will be steered by the proposals that we receive. We welcome proposals from artists, collectives, and curators.

Andy Roche
Proposals can be ephemeral, happening only in conjunction with opening nights for exhibits in our main space, or they can run for the duration of accompanying exhibits that are scheduled in the main space.

-Works that rely on the exterior of DEMO Project or adjacent grounds will not be secure or insured, or protected from theft or vandalism  
-Because DEMO Project is located in a residential area, works must be securely installed and mindful of the neighborhood presence

DEMO Project provides:
-Installation support
-Marketing and promotion of projects

DEMO Project does not provide:
-Shipping costs

Now accepting proposals for 2017 exhibitions at DEMO Project. Deadline: September 19.

Submissions should include:
-5 to 10 images that reflect or inform the proposed project and/or body of work that you propose
-Image list
-One-page proposal for intended project or exhibition
-Curriculum Vitae
Managing members of DEMO Project:
  • Brad Balster
  • Brytton Bjorngaard
  • Shane Harris
  • Allison Lacher
  • Jeff Robinson
Visit for a gallery floor plan that will offer dimensions for the new back gallery space. Additional measurements and images of the exterior site are available for reference.  

Send proposal materials and/or inquiries to

732 N 4th St.
Springfield, Illinois

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Call for Papers: Auburn University at Montgomery Southern Studies Conference

Entering its 9th year, the Auburn University at Montgomery Southern Studies Conference (formerly AUMLAC) is now accepting proposals for its annual discussion of the American South to be held February 10-11, 2017 in Montgomery, AL.

Paper and panel discussions may address how the South contributes to the visual arts, how Southern artists differ from their peers, or even how making art in the South alters one’s work. An artist wishing to discuss his or her own work based in the South is also welcome to submit a proposal.  

Abstract submissions must be received by October 15, 2016 and be no longer than 250 words. Please supply one-page curriculum vitae and send files as a pdf to
For further information, please visit

Auburn University at Montgomery
7400 East Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Winston Wingo, Clemson University MFA in Art Alum, Has Research on African American Architects and Artists Featured in A Supplement to A Teacher's Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina

Winston Wingo

Winston Wingo (Clemson University MFA in Art, sculpture emphasis, 1980), has his research and writings on African American architects published in A Supplement to A Teacher's Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina, a publication of the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation.

Wingo's contributions are:
  • LP - ANTE -1, William Wilson Cooke, Tingley Memorial Hall, Claflin University NR, Orangeburg County;
  •  LP - ANTE -2, William Wilson Cooke, The Lee Library, Claflin University NR, Orangeburg County;
  • LP - MAJC - 8, African-American Artist Edwin A. Harleston, Harleston-Boags Funeral Home NR, 121 Calhoun Street, Charleston;
  • LP - MAJC -10, African-American Architect Miller F. Whittaker, Hodge Hall, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg;
  • LP-MAJC - 12, William H. Johnson, African-American Painter, William H. Johnson Birthplace Historic Marker, Palmetto Street, Florence.

The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation is to support the efforts of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina, and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. 

Winston A. Wingo was born and educated in Spartanburg, SC. He earned a B.A. in art education from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC in 1977 and an M.F.A in Art with an emphasis in sculpture from Clemson University in Clemson, SC in 1980. In 1984 Wingo studied Post-graduate at the Instituto Statute D’Arte in Lucca Italy, the Luigi Tammasi Foundry in Pietrasanta Italy and the Artistica Marinani Foundry in Pietrasanta Italy. As a painter, sculptor and art educator Wingo has taught at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. He also served as adjunct art professor at South Carolina University in Orangeburg, SC, the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC and Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Wingo has taught in the public school system at Hughes Middle School in Greenville, SC, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville SC, L.E. Gable Middle School in Roebuck SC, an currently teaches at Carver Middle School in Spartanburg, SC.

Winston Wingo has had over 40 one person exhibits and has been in over 200 group competitions and invitational exhibitions.Wingo has exhibited his painting and sculptures throughout the United States, Canada, France and Italy. Selected Exhibitions include: Abstract Art in South Carolina 1949-2012; South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC; The South Carolina Biennial Exhibition; 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC; Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York; Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, SC; Clemson National Small Sculpture Competition at Clemson University in Clemson, SC; Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL; Chateau Ed La Napoule in France; The Abney Gallery in New York;
The Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, GA; New American Painting in Needham, MA; Musée D'art Moderne, Umet in Paris, France; Muse Del Bossetti in Pietrasanta, Italy; Abode Inc., Madison Ave. in New York; Montreal Art Trader Gallery in Canada; Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary Painting in Palm Beach, FL; Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in Owensboro, KY; Fay gold Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Morin Miller Gallery in New York; The Mint Museum of Art In Charlotte, NC; The Annual National African-American Art Exhibition and Competition in Atlanta, GA; The National Sculpture Competition at the Clark Art Center in Alma, MI; The Asheville Museum of art in Ashville, NC; The I.P. Stanback Museum at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC; Camera di Commercio in Lucca, Italy; Sculpture Invitational Exhibition in Milwaukee, WI; Spartanburg Museum of Art in Spartanburg, SC; Arti pi Versilion, Via Agustino in Pietrasanta, Italy.

For more information on Winston Wingo and to see images of his work, please go to: