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March 30, 2013
Tags: danielle spradley
I thought I would contact you after running into you at D-Zine on Friday. I’ve taken a few minutes to look at your work and I like. You’re good. Am fond of prints and find your subject matter both inviting and somewhat threatening at the same time, which is a good thing. I should see more of it however before I say more. I’m not very patient when it comes to web browsing.
While we have talked about your interest in an Art Bus for the school where you teach, have you ever thought about being considered to design a bus yourself as part of our normal selection process? I think your graphic skills would carry over well. Think about it.
Also, I am reaching out to local artists to determine the level of interest folks might have in pursuing opportunities in public art. St. Louis, like a lot of cities throughout the Midwest, has not provided many opportunities for public art commissions. Historically, Metro is about the only formal ongoing public art program in the area. While the City of St. Louis passed an ordinance a year or two ago, the language provides so many exceptions you can drive a semi through it. Hence, there have been no projects, and I am not aware of any in the near future. What this adds up to is this, there are very few artists here who can compete nationally for projects around the country. Not because we lack the talent, we lack the experience.
Here’s where my idea comes in. I am working on a proposal to sponsor a series of Public Artist Training Workshops. I put together something similar in 1996 when I ran the City of San Jose’s public art program in California. It will be limited to approximately 15 artists who will need to apply. Previous public art experience will NOT be part of the criteria. We will be looking for talented, dedicated artists, who could envision working in the public realm. Maybe using the medium they currently work in, maybe expanding into new materials and media.
I would be interested in your and other artist’s thoughts on the matter.
Thank you for your contribution to Urbanaire 2014! Your support and donation made this one of our most successful Urbanaires to date! I look forward to working with you again.
Yours in equality,
Kirstin Palovick and the Urbanaire Committee
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