Auraria Campus Denver

The Auraria Library, a space shared by three separate and distinct institutions of higher learning – the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver, is being renovated to keep up with students’ changing needs. The panel is requesting proposals for outdoor artworks, either 3D or sculptural installations, and is seeking an artist to meet the challenge of how to best integrate artwork into the previously designed and constructed building. The deadline for submission is July 31st, 2015. Click through for full information.

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Northeastern Junior College

Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO, is renovating their Arts building, French Hall, which includes their theater, a very high-traffic area. This is a very open Request for Qualifications and they are looking at all types of indoor and outdoor 3D, sculptural and installation-based artworks. The deadline for submissions is July 15th, 2015. Click through for full information.

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This past Friday, June 19th, I was lucky enough to visit Jonathan Latiano’s studio and interview him briefly about himself and his current projects. His work space is located in School 33 Art Center, just upstairs from one of School 33’s current exhibitions that Jonathan is participating in, the Studio Artist Biennial. Jonathan was very generous with his time and we discussed a multitude of topics surrounding his interests, the themes in his work, and his ongoing projects. Click through to see photos of Jonathan’s studio and read about our conversation.

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This past Friday, June 19th, I was lucky enough to visit Magnolia Laurie’s studio to talk to her about her work and her ideas. Magnolia is a Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist this year, and her work can be seen in the upcoming finalists exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, on view June 24th through August 9th, 2015. Speaking with Magnolia and seeing her workspace, I got a great sense of how she fits in with this year’s group of Sondheim Prize Finalists, an amazingly talented and diverse group of artists. To see more photos of her studio, her current projects, and to learn more about Magnolia, click through to read my thoughts on our brief interview.

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Light City Baltimore Ideas Session- Art
Location: Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Falvey Hall
Date: April 11, 2015
Organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)

Presentation and Moderation
Bill Gilmore, Executive Director, BOPA
Randi Vega, Director of Cultural Affairs, BOPA
Kathy Hornig, Festivals Director, BOPA
Brooke Hall, What Weekly Studios
Jamie McDonald, Co-Chair, Light City Baltimore Steering Committee

Jamie McDonald opened the info session with a presentation about Light City Baltimore, its vision, potential areas of impact, and long-term goals. Baltimore has a rich history of innovation tied to light: In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, thus transforming the city with light and revolutionizing the urban landscape forever. It’s with this spirit of innovation and transformation that 200 years later, Light City will paint Baltimore with light and bring together the brightest thinkers.
Throughout the course of the discussion, several comments were made that are not included as questions below. We received excellent feedback from different members of the community, mostly relating to topics of inclusivity and diversity. History organizations, such as the Peale Museum and the Jewish Museum, expressed a particular interest in including Baltimore’s local history as a key focal point within the festival. Other comments focused around diversity, and expressed concern about the segregation of people of color from participation in the arts. There were excellent points raised about where the physical location of events before and during the festival could occur to be more inclusive of different neighborhoods within the city, as well as different homegrown creative expressions that take shape and are visible in different neighborhoods.

Click through to read full notes from this Light City Baltimore Idea Session.

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This Past Friday, June 12th, Artscape Gallery Network member Randall Scott Projects in West Baltimore hosted an opening reception for the exhibition titled “Palm Palm,” featuring the works of Charlie Roberts, Kyle Bauer and Karen Yasinsky. Arriving at the reception, I was quick to take photos while the gallery was still quiet, but it soon filled up, attracting a lively, bustling crowd. As the sun set, this indoor-outdoor exhibition was complimented by perfect summer weather, making for a truly lovely evening of beautiful artwork and engaging discussion. Although Charlie Roberts was not in town for the reception, I did have a chance to speak with both Baltimore-based artists Kyle Bauer and Karen Yasinsky about their works in this exhibition, and their lives as artists working in the Baltimore area. Click through for more photos and to read about my interviews with Kyle and Karen.

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