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Award-winning sculptors, costume designers, public artists, & more will decorate Whittier July 21-September 9
Whittier Artists in Storefronts brings workshops, street art, pop-up galleries, storefront exhibits, and community-building events to South Minneapolis as part of a unique public art project
July 11, 2012 (Minneapolis)— The second installment of Whittier Artists in Storefronts will highlight Minnesota’s award-winning and emerging talent as part of a community-engagement effort that is setting the standard for public art projects.
Beginning July 21 and running through September 9, artists will take over 25 storefronts and points of interest throughout Whittier, including the façade of the Black Forest Inn, which will be decorated with a mosaic mural by artist Angela Carlson Talle ,and the exterior of 2609 Stephens Ave., which will host a “Before I Die” wall by TED senior fellow and award-winning public artist Candy Chang. Visitors will be able to write in their bucket-list wishes for public display.
“This installment of Artists in Storefronts really speaks to our overall mission,” says organizer Joan Vorderbruggen. “It’s inclusive, wide-reaching, and full of amazing, award-winning talent that is going fill up these spaces and change the neighborhood.”
That talent includes, among others: renowned costume designer Jack Edwards, who served as costume director at the Guthrie from 1971 to 1989; acclaimed photographer Carrie Thompson, whose work exploring small-town America garnered her a 2009 McKnight fellowship; 50 volunteers who created the award-winning interactive photo exhibit Homeless is My Address; Not My Name, which will be installed at 35 E. Franklin; and sculptors Mary Jane Mansfield and Julia Caston, who have received awards from Franconia Sculpture Park.
Jack Edwards will be showcasing work from his 8th floor Dayton’s Christmas exhibits, including figurines inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and other fairy tales, as well as many significant Guthrie Theatre costumes, sketches, and a new line of jewelry. His works will be in a unique pop-up gallery that will be open to the public on Saturdays through September 8 and Tuesday, August 7, and Thursday, August 16.
Internationally acclaimed public artists will also be taking part in Whittier Artists in Storefronts. The South Minneapolis public exhibit will feature a “Before I Die” wall and “I Wish This Was” stickers by the aforementioned artist Candy Chang, who has garnered attention worldwide for her work in New Orleans.
And the Guerrilla Girls, an internationally acclaimed feminist public-art activist group, will launch a billboard campaign in support of defeating the Marriage and Voter ID amendments. A benefit gala to fund the project will be hosted at Cult Status Gallery on August 11, with local bands Pink Mink and Iguano.
In addition to the benefit gala, walking and bike tours will be held throughout the exhibit run; an opening reception will be held at the Black Forest Inn Banquet Hall on July 21 from 7pm to 10pm; the alley behind 2737 Blaisdell Avenue will play host to a classical music concert on August 7 from 7:30pm to 9pm; and a closing-day street festival on September 9 will connect the Whittier and Phillips neighborhoods by engaging the community in animating the 24th Street Pedestrian Bridge.
“We are so thrilled with the success of Artists in Storefronts and that we have an opportunity to bring more artists in to be a part of it,” says Vorderbruggen. “My hope is that this will engage new audiences and help inform public art projects of the future throughout the Twin Cities. There is so much opportunity here to bring artists into the community in new ways. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”
About Whittier Artists in Storefronts
Whittier Artists in Storefronts aims to promote neighborhood vitality by turning vacant Whittier storefronts into alternative exhibition spaces that showcase work by local artists. An ongoing project throughout the Twin Cities, Artists in Storefronts works with neighborhood organizations, artists, and local businesses in an effort to promote creativity, revitalize local economies, and provide everyone with equal, open access to art.
For more information, check out artistsinstorefronts.com
To learn more or schedule an interview, contact Joan Vorderbuggen at 612.205.8516 or at firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact Molly Priesmeyer at email@example.com.
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