This week’s blog post is one you’ve been waiting for. After working through 276 applications from around the world, we are happy to announce that our jury has narrowed the list of potential candidates down to 16 semi-finalists. It was quite a process, guided by a prestigious jury and our colleagues at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, with input from a local steering committee and you, our Syracuse New Times readers.
This was a talent search to find artists who could engage with the community through a collaborative process to produce work that reflects artistic vision and community goals. From this list of semi-finalists, the jury and steering committee will be conducting interviews with the artists and selecting a final group – expected to be between six and eight – to begin the process of developing final proposals and identifying locations. There will also be a chance for the community to weigh in, starting with this blogpost.
The names and website of the 16 semi-finalists are listed below. We would love to hear your thoughts on the selection. We encourage you to explore the artists’ websites and tell us what you think in the space provided below.
We would also want you to literally join the conversation.
You’re invited to an interactive public outreach meeting May 5, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., at the Connective Corridor conference room in the Syracuse University Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St. Rm 405.
Join us for interactive discussions and small group activities that will help assess the artists’ past work, identify the best potential installation locations along the Connective Corridor, talk about how to engage the artists with the community as part of the commission process, brainstorm how the user experience can be enhanced by connecting the works as part of a linear art trail — and other details relating to the call. Feedback from the public outreach meeting will be passed to the jury to be used during the next round of interviews and final deliberations to pick the winners.
This is your chance to be part of a great community conversation, working in small interactive groups, to help guide the process in advance of the jury conducting interviews with the semi-finalists later on in May.
Following those interviews the jury will select the finalists who will be part of the overall $650,000 call for public art. At that point we will have another exciting announcement for you Until then keep coming back to this blog for updates and more discussion on public art.
And now, here are the 16 semi-finalists. Have fun exploring their work and tell us what your think!
Connective Corridor Public Art Call Semi-finalists:
- BJ Krivanek – Chicago, IL – http://www.krivanek-breaux.com/
- Blessing Hancock – Tucson, AZ – http://www.blessinghancock.com/
- Christopher Weed – Colorado Springs, CO – http://www.chrisweed.com/index.html
- DeWitt Godfrey – Earlville, NY – http://dewittgodfrey.com/
- Elena Manferdini – Venice, CA – http://www.ateliermanferdini.com/
- Erwin Redl – Bowling Green, OH http://www.paramedia.net/
- Jen Lewin – Boulder, CO – http://jenlewinstudio.com/
- Konstantin Dimpoulos – Melbourne, Australia – http://www.kondimopoulos.com/
- Marc Fornes – Brooklyn, NY – http://theverymany.com/
- Osman Akan – Brooklyn, NY – http://www.osmanakan.com/
- Sam Van Aken – Syracuse, NY – http://www.samvanaken.com/
- Sharon Exley – Chicago, IL – http://www.architectureisfun.com/
- Tristan Al-Haddad – Atlanta, GA – http://formations-studio.com/
- Vicki Scuri – Lake Forest Park, WA – http://www.vickiscuri.com/
- Volkan Alkanoglu – Atlanta, GA – http://www.alkanoglu.com/
- Wesley Heiss – Allentown, PA – http://wesheiss.com/
Quinton Fletchall is the public art project coordinator for the Connective Corridor. He is also is a part-time SU VPA instructor of design, a current graduate student in the communication and rhetorical studies (G’15) and a graduate of industrial and interaction design (’13).