Sunday, January 6, 2008

2007 Recap

Welcome back! Now that we are in 2008, let's look back at a few mileposts from 2007:

We started the new year with a flood in our office. Learned that backing up your computer really does give you peace of mind, and that quite a few people worried that we packed up and moved without telling anyone.

Held a public art panel discussion and a lecture from visiting artist Tom Otterness in April, thanks to an ABC Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, administered through ArtsMemphis.

The Links at Riverside opened in May, featuring a gate designed and built by Jim Wallace.

Mel Spillman, former Project Manager, left the UAC to teach art at Cordova Middle School. Toneyce Green joined us as Administrative Assistant, and Laura Caroline Johnson joined us as Project Coordinator.

Carissa Hussong announced that she would be leaving the UAC to head up the Metal Museum, and the UAC began a search for a new Executive Director.

The Cancer Survivors Park was completed, with artwork by Yvonne Bobo and Kristi Duckworth.

Mark Nowell installed the sculpture Aspire at Brewster Elementary.

The UAC hosted three artist feedback sessions. They were held to help us get a better understanding of what we can do to encourage the artists in our community become more involved with our projects. Art parties, annual art shows, and more artist workshops were just a few of the topics that were discussed.

We ended the year by both looking back at our 10 year history, and beginning a new chapter for the UAC. On Carissa's last day, we installed an exhibit at MCA: Interactions/Interruptions, which celebrates our last 10 years while kicking off our 10th anniversary celebration that will culminate in March with 10 temporary public art projects.

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