Friday, January 11, hundreds of artists, art supporters, and current and former board members and staff members gathered at the Memphis College of Art to view the UrbanArt Commission's 10th Anniversary Exhibit. On view through January 30 are work products created by artists, ranging from colored pencil drawings to 65% steel scale models, for 24 projects that UrbanArt has completed over the last 10 years, and 1 project to be completed in 2008.
It was great to see old and new friends and to let people know what we have been up to for the last decade. We are grateful to everyone who came by and showed their support for public art in Memphis.
Unfortunately due to the timing of the exhibit, which was installed over two days the week before Christmas and coincided with Carissa Hussong's last day, and was followed by preparing for the office to be closed for 6 days and beginning the new year with an Interim Director, we did not inform one artist whose work did not make it into the show due to space concerns, and we deeply regret the error and any distress it may have caused. UrbanArt is one of few advocates for visual artists in Memphis, and we are not interested in alienating any of our constituents.
Please continue to visit this blog and our website, www.urbanartcommission.org, and join our mailing list to get updates on upcoming 10th Anniversary projects and events. We hope you'll join us for the gallery talk for the exhibit at Memphis College of Art on Wednesday, January 23, at 6:00 PM. Artists Krisi Duckworth, Mark Nowell and Vitus Shell will be speaking about their projects.