Tuesday, June 25, 2013

15 Years and still going strong: Art on the Streets

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Art on the Streets, Chris Rench, Constellations III
  • Laurel Prud'homme
  • Chris Rench, "Constellations III"

As of today, 10 of the 11 newest installments of Art on the Streets are up and running.

Now 15 years old, Art on the Streets is an annual tradition, putting public art downtown — free to taxpayers — thanks to the Downtown Partnership and US Bank.

This year’s batch features sculpture from locals like Kim Polomka (who has painted numerous murals downtown) and Pard Morrison, as well as Denverite Timothy C. Flood and nine other artists from around the country. According to Laurel Prud’homme, director of communications for the Partnership, they received 130 submissions, vetted by juror Blake Milteer, museum director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Milteer also chose the winners, who received handsome cash prizes. Last year, Chris Weed took home top prize for “Portal 1 and 2” a set of giant televisions set next to and inside the Plaza of the Rockies, but this year the honor went to Michael Brohman of Denver, whose bronze “Place” netted him $15,000.

Michael Brohman, Art on the Streets
  • Laurel Prud'homme
  • Michael Brohman's "Place"

Second place went to San Francisco artist Melanie Piech, and third to Salida artist Jimmy Descant, who shows his witty, retro-futuristic works often around town (you’ll catch some of his latest at Revamp’d, opening at the Ivywild School July 13.)

Below is a map of the placement for all the new works. The only outlier is Morrison’s “Sum," which will go on display once construction finishes on the sidewalk and street.

As always, the pieces are for sale, and could possibly be purchased by someone, or some entity — the Partnership has bought art in the past — for permanent display downtown. A downloadable map of all outdoor public art in the area is available here.

Art on the Streets
  • Downtown Partnership
  • 1. Janene DiRico-Cable, "Iron Horse"; 2. Melanie Piech, "Play Date"; 3. Chris Rench, "Constellations III"; 4. Tim Upham, "Red Springs Garden"; 5. Kim Polomka, "Tree"; 6. Jimmy Descant, "Reverse Prometheus"; 7. Jennifer Cannon, "Current"; 8. Suzanne Kane, "Xeriscape"; 9. Timothy C. Flood, "Stranger Reduction Zone"; 10. Michael Brohman, "Place"; 11. Pard Morrison, "Sum"

Sadly, Prud’homme notes that Art on the Streets co-founder Judy Noyes died unexpectedly this past week. Prud’homme writes via e-mail:

Judy Noyes was on the first board of directors for Community Ventures, established in 1997, and served on the board for many years. She believed a world-class community needed public art, and helped to establish the Art on the Streets public art program in 1998. Just a few weeks ago, Judy viewed images of the 2013 Art on the Streets sculptures and was looking forward to seeing them in person. We are saddened by her loss, and grateful for the legacy of community art she leaves behind.

This batch will be up until next June.

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