Announcing the 2023 Georgetown Spring Art Stroll
Mark your calendars for the Georgetown Spring Art Stroll in downtown from 4-8 p.m. April 20. The Art Stroll is an opportunity for patrons to engage in interactive arts experiences including artist demonstrations, performances, live music, and art shopping at Grace Plaza and at arts and culture facilities and arts-based businesses throughout the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District. The evening will include an artist talk by the 175th anniversary mural artist and a dedication of the mural, as well as an artist reception for the new sculpture in the South Main Arts District. For scheduled programming and detailed information, click here!
Start your Stroll at any of the (3) check-in locations to pick up your Stroll badge. Then continue your Stroll across the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District to visit and shop at the participating arts and culture venues and view Georgetown’s popular collection of public art murals and sculptures. Enjoy complementary food and beverages exclusively for Art Stroll patrons with an Art Stroll badge, as well as discounted Art Stroll cocktails by Sweet Lemon Kitchen and Little Lemon at the Library!
Be sure to pick up your Art Stroll badge at designated check-in locations to participate. Click here for the online map: Spring Art Stroll Map 2023
Georgetown Arts and Culture Board Awards Grants for 2023 Round I
The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board approved $7,000 in grants in January to local arts and culture organizations to help with funding local arts and culture programming that includes music performance and history exhibitions in Georgetown.
The funding is for events in Georgetown taking place between April 1, 2023, and Sept. 30, 2023.
Grant recipients include:
|Project or event name||Grant amount|
|Texas Bach Festival for the 2023 Texas Bach Festival||$5,000|
|The Williamson Museum for the Oral History Project for 175 Years of Williamson County: Still Making History||$2,000|
The next grant cycle will accept proposals June 1-30, 2023, for events and programs occurring Oct. 1, 2023-March 31, 2024.
The Georgetown Arts and Culture grants help the Arts and Culture Board fulfill bylaw requirements, which include recognizing and encouraging groups and organizations that enrich Georgetown life by bringing cultural and artistic values and artifacts to the City. Members of the Arts and Culture Board believe a vibrant arts community and cultural offerings are good for the quality of life for residents, will attract visitors, and will assist Georgetown in becoming a nationally recognized arts destination by 2030. The grant program helps develop and strengthen our local arts community by contributing funding to arts and culture programming that enhances our local community.
2022-23 Sculpture Tour Award Winners Announced
The City Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded Tim Glover the first prize award in the 2022-23 Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the historic Downtown Georgetown Cultural District. Glover won for his piece Whirlwind, a sculpture that features a bird and a horn toad perching atop an iconic Texas twister. The sculpture is located at the corner of Main and Ninth streets across from the Georgetown Art Center.
Second prize went to Marla Ripperda for Armadillo Totem, a sculpted, epoxy clay tower of armadillos balancing on a sphere. This piece is located at the Georgetown Public Library outside the Ninth Street entrance.
The other sculptures accepted into the tour and awarded Honorable Mention include:
Alien Antenna by Rodney D. Butler
Bobo (Bwa Tribe) by Rodney D. Butler
Family by Elizabeth Bonura
Healing Community by Anthony St. James
Interconnected by Laura Armstrong
Luminance by Scott Shubin
Mantis by John Mark Luke
Maya by Reynaldo Alaniz
Moment of Reflection by Dan Pogue
Orb by Laura Sturtz
Tree of Life by John Mark Luke
Two Aztec Parrots by Reynaldo Alaniz
Waco Night Sky by Rollin Karg
Waco Tool by Rollin Karg
Click here for more information, including a map of the sculpture tour and images of the sculptures. To purchase a sculpture, please contact Amanda Still at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above from left to right: Whirlwind by Tim Glover; Armadillo Totem by Marla Ripperda (photo credit David Valdez).
Call for Artist Entries for the Williamson County and City of Georgetown 175th Celebration Mural – Still Making History
Williamson County and the City of Georgetown would like to commission an artist to design and install a mural on a wall of the Williamson County Tax Office. Call opens November 15th, 2022. The community is invited to help paint the mural on March 10th and 11th, 2023.
Application Deadline: December 31st, 2022
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board invites artist entries for the design of a mural in celebration of the 175th anniversary of Williamson County and the City of Georgetown. The mural design should be an interpretation of the history of Williamson County and how the City of Georgetown, as the site for the anniversary mural, contributed to the development of the area that is Williamson County. Community members will be invited to help begin the mural painting process after the artist and final design are selected. For more details and historic resources see the full submission guidelines.
ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18.
BUDGET: This project is a collaboration between Williamson County and the City of Georgetown. An artist stipend of $8,000 will be paid to the artist selected to install the mural. The cost of materials and equipment necessary to install the mural will be covered up to $2,000 and reimbursed to the artist upon completion of the project. Any material and equipment costs exceeding this amount will require prior approval. The selected artist will be responsible for their own travel costs, housing, and personal liability insurance.
INSTALLATION DATE: Mural will be completed by April 3rd, 2023, with a community painting event held during Williamson County’s 175th Anniversary kick-off event March 10th – 11th. A mural dedication will be held at the Spring Art Stroll on April 20th, 2023.
APPLY: Applications will be submitted through Submittable.com between November 15th and December 31st, 2022: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit
FULL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND CONCEPT: Call for Artist Entries_175th Celebration Mural
SELECTION: From the entries submitted by the deadline, the Arts and Culture Board in collaboration with Williamson County will award an artist commission for the mural design and installation. Artists will be notified of the final selection by the late January, 2023.
APPLICATION FEE: None
Questions: Contact Amanda Still at 512-930-8471 or Amanda.email@example.com
CITY POST CHOPHOUSE invites a Call for Artist Entries: Interior Mural at the historic Post Office at 113 E 8th St, Georgetown, TX
Call for Artist Entries: Interior Mural at the historic Post Office at 113 E 8th St, Georgetown, TX
CITY POST CHOPHOUSE invites artist design entries for a unique mural project at the historic Post Office located at 113 E. 8th St. in beautiful downtown Georgetown, Texas. The selected artist will design and install the mural on an interior plaster wall of the building in the original Postmaster’s office, now the City Post market.
CALL OPENS: August 15, 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 16, 2022
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project is inspired by post office murals originally commissioned by the U.S. Government as part of the New Deal in the 1930s. While the post office in Georgetown was not one of the 69 Federal buildings in Texas to receive artist installations, City Post would like to pay homage to the roots of the building during this period in American history with an original mural that honors that legacy and enhances the present use of the building. The wall chosen for the mural provides an opportunity for the public to view the installation and learn more about this facet of history.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Each artist may submit up to three (3) unique designs for consideration. Please send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include:
- Contact information
- Full Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
- Concept statement for the proposed design
- Image(s) of the proposed design
- Artist may submit up to five (5) images to communicate their proposed design(s)
- Previous relevant experience with murals and/or other large-format art installations
ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18 who live/work in Central Texas.
BUDGET: The artist selected to install the mural, will be paid an artist stipend of $3,500 which includes the cost of materials and equipment necessary to install the mural. The selected artist will be responsible for their own travel costs, housing, and personal liability insurance.
INSTALLATION DATE: The mural is expected to be completed by November 15, 2022.
APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted at email@example.com from August 15 – September 16, 2022. No application fee is required.
SELECTION: From the entries submitted by the deadline, the City Post selection committee – which includes a member of the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board – will create a short list of candidates with whom we will hold discussions. From that list, one artist will be awarded a commission for the mural design and installation. Artists will be notified of the final selection by October 7, 2022.
QUESTIONS: Contact Administrative Manager Kristina Wagner Moore directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NOTE: Applications/submissions should be sent to email@example.com
Click here for full submission guidelines: Call for Artist Entries_City Post Chophouse
Request for Artist Entries for the Painted Rain Barrel Project
The City of Georgetown Water Conservation Team would like to commission artists to design and paint rain barrels.
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
2022 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Beginning Aug. 1, 2022, the City of Georgetown’s Water Conservation Team will invite artist proposals for the Painted Rain Barrel Project. These rain barrels will be placed around downtown Georgetown during the October arts events, then auctioned off to community members, with going to Water Conservation education and outreach efforts.
ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all artists and student artists.
BUDGET: Artists will receive 40 percent of the total profits collected from the rain barrel auction. A $125 minimum bid will be placed on all barrels.
INSTALLATION DATE: Rain Barrel installations will be completed by Oct. 10, 2022.
APPLY: Applications will be submitted through Submittable.com from Aug. 1 to 31, 2022: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit
SELECTION: From the proposals submitted by the deadline, the City of Georgetown Water Conservation Team and Arts and Culture board will select 10 finalists from the total number of submissions. Artists will be notified on final selections by the Water Conservation Team by September 16.
APPLICATION FEE: None
Questions: Contact Tiffany Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Request for Artist Booth Proposals for the South Main Arts Festival
The Georgetown Arts and Culture Program is now accepting applications for up to 27 artist booths at the South Main Arts District in the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District during Georgetown’s inaugural South Main Arts Festival – a juried and curated artistic event in celebration of October Month of the Arts.
The deadline for submissions is August 7, 2022.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Beginning July 1, 2022, the City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board will invite artists to submit their applications for booth space during the South Main Arts Festival on October 22, 2022. The Festival will take place in the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District’s new South Main Arts District from 10am-6:30pm and is an opportunity for patrons to purchase unique artwork from artists exhibiting in booths, engage in arts programming, and enjoy live music and performances throughout the event.
ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18.
EVENT DATE: October 22, 2022.
APPLY: Applications will be submitted through Submittable.com between July 1 and August 7, 2022: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit
SELECTION: From the applications submitted by the deadline, the Events Subcommittee of the Arts and Culture Board will select up to 27 artists to recommend to the full Arts and Culture Board for acceptance. Artists will be notified of the final selection by August 17, 2022.
APPLICATION FEE: $35
BOOTH FEE: None
Please click here for guidelines: Full Submission Guidelines – Artist Booths for South Main Arts Festival 2022
Please click here to submit your portfolio.
For detailed information on South Main Arts Festival programming, click here.
Call for 2022-2023 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour Entries
2022-23 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour
The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board is now inviting entries for the 2022-23 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour – a juried, year-long outdoor exhibition in Georgetown’s historic Downtown Cultural District. All sculptures selected for the 2022-2023 Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize awarded by the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board, which includes (1) $2,000 First Prize, (1) $1,500 Second Prize, and up to (15) $1000 Honorable Mention awards. Judging will occur in October 2022, and checks will be mailed in November 2022. Prizes will be announced at the Georgetown Autumn Art Stroll on Thursday, October 20 during an opening reception for the Georgetown Sculpture Tour! Please click here to view the full submission guidelines, project schedule, and other info: Call for Artist Entries_Georgetown Sculpture Tour Entries 2022-2023
The annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour is one of the first community public art projects of the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program. The Sculpture Tour began in 2009 by Georgetown sculptor Dar Richardson of the Texas Society of Sculptors working with Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley, and it was conceived as an invitational exhibit. Many thanks are due to Dar for his years of invaluable service on the City Arts & Culture Board and with the Sculpture Tour. After years of leading the Sculpture Tour, Dar asked the City to take the Sculpture Tour selection process over. Beginning with the 2017 Sculpture Tour, City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board members now review entries and make recommendations to City staff for each year’s selections.
Sculpture Tour applications will be accepted June 1 – August 1, 2022 for the 2022-2023 tour. Each sculptor may submit up to three sculptures for consideration. Please provide two or three photographs of each piece, showing different angles. The artist submission form will go live on June 1, 2022 and close at the end of the day on August 1, 2022.
From the applications submitted by the deadline, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board will select up to (15) 2022-23 Sculpture Tour pieces. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decisions in September.
“1969-Yesterday” by Anthony St. James; 1st place award winner in 2021-2022 Georgetown Sculpture Tour
Sculptures will be installed by appointment the first week in October and remain on display until October 2023. Delivery is the artist’s responsibility; sculptures will be installed by City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation staff working with the artist.
All sculptures selected for the 2022-2023 Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize awarded by the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. Judging will occur in October 2022, and checks will be mailed in November 2022. Artists will be required to sign a Sculpture Tour contract, which includes a 25 percent commission to the City on any sculpture sold during the exhibit period.
“Moment of Reflection” by Dan Pogue; 2nd place award winner in 2021-2022 City Sculpture Tour
Awards will include:
$2,000 First Prize (one will be awarded)
$1,500 Second Prize (one will be awarded)
$1,000 Honorable Mention (up to 13 will be awarded)
Artists will be required to sign a Sculpture Tour contract, which includes a 25 percent commission to the City on any sculpture sold during the exhibit.
The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board maintains the Texas Commission on the Arts Cultural District designation and implements the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program. The Georgetown Arts and Culture Program enhances quality of life for residents and visitors of Georgetown by promoting community engagement, cultural participation, and cultural tourism through public art programming and arts and culture collaborations. The annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour program helps the Board fulfill the vision of becoming a nationally recognized arts destination by 2030.
If you have any questions about the application or the selection process, please call Amanda Still, Arts and Culture Coordinator, at 512-930-8471 or email email@example.com.
Call for Arts and Culture Grant Proposals Now Open
The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards grant twice a year for visual art, music, theatre, dance, literary, and cultural heritage events and programs taking place in Georgetown. The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board considers all applicants without attention to the following – which includes but is not limited to – race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.
Starting June 1, the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board will begin accepting applications for events and programs occurring in Georgetown between October 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 as part of the 2022 Round II grant period. The deadline for submitting for this grant period is June 30, 2022.
Eligible requests: Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Eligible requests include equipment and supplies specific to the event or program that is occurring during the period of performance and necessary for the event/program to occur. Eligible applicants must be in good standing with a history of timely reporting and grant fulfillment requirements if previous Arts and Culture grants have been awarded.
Ineligible requests: Organizations that received funding in the 2022 Round I grant period are not eligible to apply for 2022 Round II. Additional ineligible requests include food/beverage expenses, start-up costs or general operating expenses, and capital improvements. Programming and events must be open to the public.
The Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants help the Arts and Culture Board fulfill bylaw requirements which include recognizing and encouraging groups and organizations that enrich Georgetown life by bringing cultural and artistic values and artifacts to the City. Members of the Arts and Culture Board believe a vibrant arts community and cultural offerings are good for the quality of life for residents, will attract visitors, and will assist Georgetown in becoming a nationally recognized arts destination by 2030. The grant program helps develop and strengthen our local arts community by contributing funding to arts and culture programming that enhances our local community.
For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit the grant page by clicking here.
Upcoming Arts Events in April
The City of Georgetown is hosting two arts events for our visitors and resident art lovers in April.
Spring Art Stroll
Patrons are invited to come view and purchase art, enjoy live music, and engage in arts activities at various locations in the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 21.
Arts activities will take place at locations including Grace Plaza, Grace Chapel with the Full Circle Speaker Series from 5-7pm, Georgetown Art Center, local arts businesses, Williamson Museum, Georgetown Public Library, and the Shotgun House Museum. Visitors are also invited for photo ops and face painting on Rock Street before joining the Mayor at 7:15pm for a dedication of Georgetown’s newest mural, “Traditions to the Future” by Mila Sketch.
Participants in the event will also be able to view and provide feedback on the new street mural and decorative crosswalk at the Georgetown Public Library while enjoying offerings from Southbound Sips and Scoops Ice Cream, as well a blockbuster art exhibition inside the Library.
Find detailed information about the Spring Art Stroll, click here.
Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon
The quarterly Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon returns at noon April 14. Pack your lunch and join us at the Georgetown Public Library for a presentation by Lynn Osgood, executive director of Civic Arts. Her presentation “Arts Leading the Way in Community Development” breaks down the details of how to use the arts and public art in community development projects and other creative place-making initiatives. Updates from arts and culture stakeholders in the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District will follow Osgood’s talk.
Find more information about the Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon, click here.