Mayor Buddy Dyer Announces Selection Of Artists For See Art Orlando
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Yesterday, during his annual State of the City Address, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the selection of artists for the See Art Orlando initiative.
See Art Orlando is a public sculpture community project designed to enhance the aesthetic experience and cultural image of Downtown Orlando through the installation of iconic works of art throughout the city core.
“Arts and culture are responsible for 3,500 jobs in our community and generate nearly 100 million dollars in economic impact. See Art Orlando is part of our plan to grow that impact,” said Mayor Dyer.
A local, national and international call for artists resulted in more than 170 submissions from16 countries and 36 states. After careful consideration the See Art Orlando Board of Directors and donors selected seven artists. Of the selected artists, one is an Orlando resident. Jacob Harmeling owns QUI Studios in the Ivanhoe Village MainStreet District and was selected for the sculpture that will go in the Roundabout in Lake Eola Park near the intersection of Central Blvd. and Osceola Avenue.
Other selected artists include:
- Ralfonso Gschwend from Zurich, Switzerland has been selected to create the sculpture at the corner of Robinson Street and Eola Drive.
- The sculpture at the corner of Eola Drive and Central Blvd. will be done by Todji Kurtzman from Portland, Oregon.
- DeeDee Morrison, who resides in Birmingham, Alabama, was selected for the sculpture at the Orange County Regional History Center.
- Douwe Blumberg, DeMossville, Kentucky, will be creating a piece along Robinson Street in Lake Eola Park.
- The sculpture along Rosalind Ave. in Lake Eola Park will be done by Meg White from Stephensport, Kentucky.
- Wendy Ross, who resides in Bethesada, Maryland, was selected for the sculpture in Seaside Bank at the corner of Church Street and Orange Avenue.
“The artists selected are world-class with national and international acclaim and we are excited to have them prepare these iconic sculpture works for our Downtown,” said See Art Orlando Chairwomen Jennifer Quigley.
The selected artists are beginning the design phase and installation of the sculptures is expected to be complete in September 2013.
See Art Orlando is a non-profit organization comprised of community leaders who represent a cross section of arts organizations, including United Arts, Downtown Arts
District, Orange County Cultural Arts Advisory Board, City Arts Factory and Florida Theatrical Association. Phase I of the project will include up to nine permanent sculpture installations with high-visibility in Downtown Orlando. Each installation will be underwritten by corporate sponsors and maintained by the City of Orlando without utilizing taxpayer dollars. The first phase of sculptures is expected to be installed by the Summer of 2013.
See Art Orlando board members include Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Jennifer Quigley (chair), Frank Billingsley, Linda Landman Gonzalez, Ron Legler, Jocelynn White, Donna Dowless and Wendy Connor.
Private donors supporting the See Art Orlando initiative include: Ford Kiene and Jennifer Quigley, the Devos Family Foundations, Massey Services, Khaled Akkawi, Brighthouse, Darden, Wayne Densch Charities and Comcast.