Healing Arts for Veterans Program

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Program will provide arts components to the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s 2020 Field of Honor® that include healing and outreach to veterans, military service-members, and first responders through music, visual art, and community engagement in a public art project. There is currently insufficient capacity and funding within the health care community to serve the physical and mental health issues of veterans, service-members, and first responders. We needed to create an arts program to raise awareness of the issues confronted by this underserved population and present options for artistic programming that help address these issues.

The first arts component of the Healing Arts for Veterans Program, “Storytelling Through Music”, includes adapting stories by veterans into lyrics and set to music by professional musicians from Austin Classical Guitar and country music artist Wynn Williams. The storytelling is designed to help veterans process trauma from their service in the military. The music will be performed on November 7th by country music artist Wynn Williams. The music performance was planned for the Field of Honor® location; however, the public performance at the field was cancelled due to COVID. Instead there will be a private performance off-site and a video produced that will include the music performance, the mural installation, and the breathtaking views of the Field of Honor. More details on the performance will be announced soon!

“Removing the Mask” was planned as the second component of the project and included artwork created by veterans through the Resilient Me art therapy program featuring mask making. Artwork created at this workshop was planned for exhibition at the Field of Honor®; however, due to COVID, the workshops could not be facilitated. So the mask making workshop was cancelled, and the music program was expanded.

Component three includes a public art mural located in the Texas Cultural District encompassing downtown Georgetown. The Arts and Culture Program is collaborating with the local pet supply business, Wag Heaven, to create a service-dog themed public art mural to honor our K-9 service heroes while commemorating the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s Field of Honor®, as well as the first canine Purple Heart recipient, Nemo A534. The mural will begin installation during the week of Veterans Day and will include opportunities for volunteers to come help paint. The Call for Art has closed, and the artist selected to design and install the mural will be announced soon!

This collaborative program was proposed in applications to both the National Endowment for the Arts: Arts Engagement in American Communities Grant Program and the Texas Commission on the Arts: Arts Respond – Health and Human Services Grant Program funded through Creative Forces. Georgetown’s Healing Arts for Veterans Program was awarded $10,000 from the NEA and $4,000 from the TCA. The Arts and Culture Board is very excited to receive this funding and bring this type of healing arts programs for veterans to Georgetown.  With the established success and prestige of the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s annual project: the Field of Honor® – Honoring Service Above Self, this program will expand the reach of both the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program and the Field of Honor® to continue building community through the arts!

For more information on the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s Field of Honor®, please click here.

Call for Artist Entries: Request for Proposals for Red Poppy Mural at the Wolf Ranch Starbucks

Wolf Ranch Town Center would like to commission an artist to design and install a mural on an exterior wall of the Starbucks located at Wolf Ranch.

Application Deadline: September 30th, 2020

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Beginning September 1st, 2020, the City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board will invite artist entries for the Wolf Ranch Town Center Mural Project. Georgetown, Texas is known for being the Red Poppy Capital of Texas. The mural design should feature red poppies and imagery designed to remind patrons of the role Wolf Ranch plays in the community and the partnerships between Wolf Ranch and the Downtown Georgetown Cultural District – which is the location of the Annual Georgetown Red Poppy Festival and is located only 5 miles from Wolf Ranch Town Center.

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18.

BUDGET: An artist stipend of $5,000 will be paid to the artist selected to install the mural. Wolf Ranch Town Center will fund the cost of materials up to $1,000. The selected artist will be responsible for their own travel costs, housing, and personal liability insurance. Artist owned scaffolding to complete the installation is preferred.

INSTALLATION DATE: Mural will be completed by November 25th, 2020.

APPLY: Applications will be submitted through Submittable.com; no application fee required: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit

SELECTION: The artist will be selected by Wolf Ranch Town Center in collaboration with the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board. Artists will be notified by October 21st, 2020.

Please click here to view the full submission guidelines, project schedule, and other info: Call for Artist Entries_RFP_Wolf Ranch Mural

Questions: Contact Amanda Still at 512-930-8471 or Amanda.still@georgetown.org

Arts and Culture Grants Awarded in the 2020 Round II Cycle

At the August 2020 Board meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $9,340 in grants to local arts and culture organizations for the 2020 Round II grant cycle. The grants will help fund local arts and cultural events that include visual art, music, film, and historic exhibition programming in Georgetown.

The events and programs funded in this grant cycle include:

The Williamson Museum for the Heritage and Horizons Exhibition – $2,000

Southwestern University for the Georgetown Green Film Series – $2,340

The Williamson County Symphony Orchestra for the March 2021 Orchestra Concert – $2,500

The Estrada Garcia Gallery and Artist Cooperative for Special COVID Relief Funding – $2,500

Funds are for events and programs taking place in Georgetown between October 2020 and March 2021, as well as special COVID relief funding for expenses incurred from March through September 2020.

The next Georgetown Arts and Culture grant cycle will open on December 1 – December 31 for events and programs occuring from April through September 2021.

Call for Artist Entries: Request for Proposals for Service Dog Themed Mural

The Arts and Culture Board for the City of Georgetown, TX is accepting mural proposals from artists with experience in the military and/or as first responders – past, present, active, or reserve duty. Call opens July 22nd, 2020.

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2020

 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The mural will be located in the Texas Cultural District encompassing downtown Georgetown. The Board is collaborating with the local pet supply business, Wag Heaven, to create a service-dog themed public art mural to honor our K-9 service heroes while commemorating the Georgetown Rotary Club’s Field of Honor®, as well as the first canine Purple Heart recipient, Nemo A534. Funding for this project comes in part from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the Healing Arts Program for Veterans and Military Service Members, with matching funds from the City of Georgetown and Wag Heaven.

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18 having military and/or first responder experience – past, present, active or reserve duty. Artists having military/first responder experience may also form a collaboration with another experienced mural artist on this project.

BUDGET: An artist stipend of $4,000 will be paid to the artist selected to install the mural. The City of Georgetown will fund 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: Installation will begin the week of November 9, 2020. Volunteers from the community will be invited to help paint the mural during the first week of installation and will be coordinated by the City of Georgetown. The mural will be completed by December 31, 2020.

APPLY: Applications will be submitted through Submittable.com; no application fee required: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit

SELECTION: The artist will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board in September, with input from Wag Heaven, and will be notified by September 18th, 2020.

Please click here to view the full submission guidelines, project schedule, and other info: Call for Artist Entries_RFP_Wag Heaven Mural

2020-2021 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour – Call for Entries Now Open!

2020-2021 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour

Starting June 1, 2020, The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board invites entries for the 2020-2021 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour – a juried, year-long outdoor exhibition in Georgetown’s historic Downtown Cultural District. Please click here to view the full submission guidelines, project schedule, and other info: Call for Artist Entries_Georgetown Sculpture Tour Entries

The annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour is one of the first community public art projects of the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program.  The Sculpture Tour was begun 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, 2020 for the 2020-2021 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, 2020 and close at the end of the day on August 1, 2020.

Sculpture Tour Entry Form

From the applications submitted by the deadline, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board will select up to 15 2020-21 Sculpture Tour pieces. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decisions in September.

“One Trick Pony” by Dan Pogue; 1st place award winner in 2019-2020 Georgetown Sculpture Tour

Sculptures will be installed by appointment in November 2020 and remain on display until October 2021. 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 2020-2021 Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize awarded by the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. Checks will be mailed in December.

“Remember When” by Anthony St. James; 2nd place award winner in 2019-2020  City Sculpture Tour

Awards will include:
$1,500 First Prize (one will be awarded)
$750 Second Prize (one will be awarded)
$500 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. Once installed, sculptures are covered for theft or damage by City insurance.

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 amanda.still@georgetown.org.

City Hall Gallery Features Artwork by Devon Clarkson

The current exhibition at City Hall, is on exhibit from August 10 – September 31. The exhibit features recent work by Devon Clarkson, one of the mural artists for the Preserving History Mural and the artist selected for the Red Poppy Festival Poster 20th Anniversary Edition.

The Gallery Wall at City Hall will exhibit two local artists per year, an exhibition of Georgetown Independent School District Advanced Placement student artwork, and an exhibition of Southwestern University student artwork. The exhibitions are by invitation and are designed to align with current Georgetown Arts and Culture Programming. To be considered for an invitation by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, local artists may submit their resume and portfolio to arts@georgetown.org.

Call for Entry: TSOS Video Sculpture Exhibit on YouTube Channel

Opening summer 2020

Background: SculptFest 2020 in Round Rock and the annual TSOS summer sculpture at the Georgetown Public Library was canceled over Covid-19 public health restrictions.  These are the two largest annual TSOS events.

Response by TSOS: Videos for widest possible viewingA YouTube Sculpture Channel.

2020 TSOS Virtual Sculpture Exhibition Video – First Show Coming Soon!

For full guidelines and instructions, click here: TSOS Instructions to SetUp Web Page-R04

 Application Process – May 29, 2020 Deadline:

  • Send One email with Permission to Use Your Images that are on the TSOS website located at www.tsos.org
  • Option to submit other images with descriptions.
  • Send permission by email to: exhibit@tsos.org

✔      Give TSOS permission to use your images as a video show.

✔      Option to attach preferred images with descriptions to the email.

Selection Process:

  • Jury selection from TSOS members with images on TSOS Virtual Gallery.
  • All TSOS members with present dues paid can participate in the TSOS Virtual Gallery by submitting images, descriptions, and contact information.
  • Attached is a pdf containing instructions for creating and updating member web pages.

Future Exhibitions – solo and group:

  • Virtual Sculpture Exhibitions Videos – No Limit on Number of Shows

o   Possibly have a number of shows with new work by members

⮚      By subject or topic

⮚      By sculpture medium

⮚      Small group special interest exhibitions for TSOS member (i.e. mosaics)

  • Solo Sculpture Show by TSOS Members published on a YouTube Channel

o   Videos would be available to post on sculptors’ individual websites

o   Videos for sales via galleries, decorators, corporate art consultants, etc.

  • 50th TSOS Anniversary Show Coming in 2021.  TSOS was established in 1971.

For more Information Contact:

Matt Donner, Exhibitions Committee Chair

mattdonner.tsos@gmail.com

(POSTPONED) Call to Artists: Request for Proposals for Georgetown Animal Shelter Mural

This project is postponed for a later date. We will post another update as soon as we are ready to restart this project! Thank you for your support of artists and the arts and culture community of Georgetown!

Beginning April 15th, 2020, The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board will invite artist entries for the Georgetown Animal Shelter Mural Project. The mural design should relate to the purpose of the shelter by addressing the rescue and adoption of pets.

Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2020

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18.

BUDGET: An artist stipend of $4,000 will be paid to the artist selected to install the mural. The City of Georgetown will also fund 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: Mural will be completed by September 15th, 2020.

APPLY: Full submission guidelines can be found here: Call for Artist Entries_Georgetown Animal Shelter. Applications will be submitted through Submittable.com; no application fee required

The submission form will open on April 15, 2020. Click on the following link to submit: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit

SELECTION: From the entries submitted by the deadline, the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board will select up to (3) submissions for consideration and final selection by the Georgetown Animal Shelter staff. Artists will be notified of the final selection by mid-July.

Questions: Contact Amanda Still at 512-930-8471 or Amanda.still@georgetown.org

Please click here to view the full submission guidelines, project schedule, and other info: Call for Artist Entries_Georgetown Animal Shelter

Call to Artists: RFQ for Recycled Street Sign Sculpture

Beginning March 15th, 2020, The Arts and Culture Board for the City of Georgetown, TX is accepting qualifications from artists for the commission of a recycled street sign sculpture in the Texas Cultural District encompassing downtown Georgetown. The Board is seeking artists with demonstrated experience in repurposing used materials – including de-commissioned street signs and traffic signs– into sculptural works of art.

Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2020

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18.

BUDGET: Up to three finalists will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board to develop concept proposals for this project. The total project budget for the selected commission is $7,500. Each finalist will be paid a $500 stipend for his/her proposal. The selected artist will be paid $6,000 for the commissioned work. Artist will be responsible for their own travel costs, housing, fabrication equipment, and personal liability insurance.

INSTALLATION DATE: Installation will take place by September 15, 2020.

APPLY: Full submission guidelines can be found here: Call to Artists_RFQ_Street Sign Sculpture; Applications will be submitted through Submittable.com; no application fee required.

The submission form will open on March 15, 2020. Click on the following link to submit: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit

SELECTION: The artists selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board to present a design proposal will be notified by April 24th, 2020.

Questions: Contact Amanda Still at 512-930-8471 or Amanda.still@georgetown.org

Please click here to view the full submission guidelines, project schedule, and other info: Call to Artists_RFQ_Street Sign Sculpture

Welcome New Arts & Culture Board Members

The Georgetown Arts & Culture Board bade farewell to four fantastic board members at the February 2020 board meeting. The four board members who completed their two terms include Timothy Fleming, Linda Wilde, Carol Watson, and Laura Sewell. All four outgoing board members were instrumental in developing and expanding the Georgetown Public Art Program and brought such a varied breadth of knowledge, professionalism, and expertise to the board. They will be missed!

The four new members to join the Arts and Culture Board include Jessica Meurer Sobhani, Artist/Muralist and East View High School art instructor; Sonya Robinson, Senior Director of Foundation Relations at Southwestern University; Marissa Elena (Gomez) Palmer, Artist and Senior Risk and Compliance Analyst at HomeAway; Gaby Shultz, Artisan/Founder at Artisans’ Workbench.

Returning board members include Board Chair Jane Estes, Writer and Founder/General Manager at Lark & Owl Booksellers; Sharon Snuffer, Arts Patron and Collector; Susie Flatau, Artist and Vice President of Georgetown Art Works.

Pictured above from left to right with Utility Box Art, “Cloudy Day” by EVHS student Kayla Moore: outgoing board member Timothy Fleming, new board member Jessica Meurer Sobhani, artist Kayla Moore, returning board member Susie Flatau, outgoing board member Laura Sewell (bottom), returning board chair Jane Estes (top), outgoing board member Carol Watson, and outgoing board member Linda Wilde

Arts and Culture Grants Awarded in the 2020 Round One Cycle

At the January 2020 Board meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $11,309 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools. The grants will help fund local arts and cultural events that include visual art, music, film, literature, and cultural dance and crafts programming in Georgetown.

The events and programs funded in this grant cycle include:

SU Native for the 16th Annual Southwestern University Spring Powwow – $2,000
Georgetown Art Works for Critters: Our Animal World – $1,900
Congregational Havurah Shalom for Anne Frank: Let Me Be Myself Exhibit – $2,000
Texas Bach Festival for 2020 Texas Bach Festival – $1,500
Georgetown Festival of the Arts for Star Spangled Banner – $2,409
GTX Film for 2020 Film Festival & Conference – $1,500

Funds are for events and programs taking place in Georgetown between April 2020 and September 2020.

“Greetings from Georgetown Texas”: Georgetown’s Newest Public Art Mural will be Located at Gus’s Drug

Georgetown’s very first public art mural to go through the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board’s new Commercial Mural Process has been approved by the City and will be implemented on the west wall of Gus’s Drug on University Ave.

Local artist Sarah Blankenship designed the mural and will coordinate with community volunteers to come out and help her paint the mural!

Ark Pharmacies is sponsoring the new public art mural on the side of its business, Gus’s Drug, in Georgetown.  Gus’s Drug has been a part Georgetown’s community since 1955, and the business owners would like an opportunity to continue to give back to the community by adding a mural on the side of the business at 702 E University Ave that highlights some of the great aspects about Georgetown.  This will remind locals that Gus’s is still a vibrant part of the business community, create visual interest to a currently blank wall and provide plenty of photo ops for locals and visitors.

“Greetings From Georgetown Texas” will be the primary lettering on the left side.  Within the letters in “Georgetown”, the following will be highlighted:

G – Lake Georgetown
E – Public Library
O – Blue Hole Park
R – Downtown Buildings
G – Field of Honor
E – Shotgun House
T – Palace Theatre
O – Southwestern University
W – GISD’s Hammerlun Center
N – Williamson County Courthouse

The right side of the building will be simpler, highlighting only poppies with the lettering “Red Poppy Capital”.  This is imagined to be a great photo opportunity site for families for many occasions and celebrations.

More information about opportunities for community engagement to help paint the mural is coming soon…

“Preserving History” Mural Dedication on February 15 During a Month of Celebrations and Educational Activities!

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and numerous members of the community celebrated the completed Preserving History Mural by Norma Clark and Devon Clarkson.

The celebration included a Mayoral welcome followed by statements from mural artists and GCCMA; program concluded inside City Hall with refreshments and a viewing of the mural video and slideshow.

Exhibiting Georgetown Art Center artist Chelsey Antoinette also had pieces represented at the celebration by GCCMA Heart of the Headwrap workshop attendees. The workshop was held earlier that morning at the Art Center, and Chesley was in attendance at the celebration to address the significance of her artwork.

The month of February featured collaborative events that included the dedication of the “Preserving History” mural.  Collaborative events and educational activities were also hosted by the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association, The Georgetown Art Center, and Lark & Owl Booksellers.  Please visit the arts calendar of events or click here for more information!

On Thursday, October 24th, 2019, the Arts and Culture Board hosted a community painting party for community members to come out and help paint portions of the mural.  It was a huge success in engaging the community to tell an important Georgetown story.

The “Preserving History” mural by Devon Clarkson and Norma Clark was awarded a grant by the Texas Commission on the Arts in September 2019 and began production at the back of City Hall in late October 2019. Because the mural  also forms a backdrop to the Historic African American Shotgun House, the Arts and Culture Board worked with the non-profit that operates the Shotgun House – Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association – to identify a theme that is important to the surrounding neighborhood and the constituents of the GCCMA. After reviewing several resources on the history of the neighborhood and meetings with GCCMA, a major theme that emerged was preserving history during a time of integration. While the major achievement of integration was the equality of access to services and educational opportunities to all groups of people in the community, another consideration was the importance of preserving history and culture during this period of major growth and change. When facilitating any growth and innovative changes within a community, such as the creation of public art murals and the construction of innovative programming spaces, it’s important to honor the culture and history of the area. The theme of integration can be applied to all scenarios that require a collaboration between different groups across generations and cultures: from integrating schools, to making way for rapid growth and development within a City, to the collaboration between artists of different levels of experience and styles.

Mary Smith Bailey was chosen as the subject of the “Preserving History” mural because she was an important local figure who helped steward many children in Georgetown through a period of historic growth and change. In 1953, Mary Bailey founded The West Side Kindergarten, the first preschool in the area to offer educational preschool services to non-white children. She believed that “preschool children benefit most from an educational environment that helps them develop self-confidence, the ability to get along with and help others, and the desire to learn. Today, hundreds of students and many changes later, the Mary Bailey [Head Start] Center continues to teach Georgetown children of all races the importance of learning”. (Histories of Pride, Thirteen Pioneers Who Shaped Georgetown’s African American Community)

Local portrait artist, Devon Clarkson, will paint the image of Mary Smith Bailey as the focal point of the mural. Devon’s experience includes local art exhibitions, as well as being the selected poster artist for the 20th Anniversary Red Poppy poster. Norma Clark, a local artist and graduate from Southwestern University, will create a montage of inspired abstract images that can be recognized as children and students participating in athletic and educational activities. Norma is an established professional artist whose experience includes numerous solo and group exhibitions across Central Texas. The collaboration of these two artists represents the integration of different artist styles to create something innovative and new while honoring and preserving culture and history.

Call for 2020 Round One Grant Proposals Now Open

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is now inviting grant proposals for art, music, theatre, dance, and cultural heritage events and programs taking place in Georgetown between April 2020 and September 2020.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art, arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. 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. Organizations that received grant funding in the previous grant cycle for events and programs occurring between October 2019 and March 2020 are not eligible to apply. Grants awarded last cycle averaged $1,000 per award.

The grant proposal form for events and programs occurring between April 2020 and September 2020 will be live at 12:01 am on December 1, 2019 and will close at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2019. Click here to go to the form:

Grant Proposal Form

For more information, please visit the grant page.

 

Awards Announced in 2019-2020 City Sculpture Tour

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded Marble Falls sculptor Dan Pogue the First Prize award in this year’s 2019-2020 City Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibition in the historic Downtown Georgetown Cultural District. Pogue won for his piece “One Trick Pony”, a cast bronze sculpture inspired by carousel ponies. The sculpture is located at the corner of Austin Avenue and 6th Street.

Second Prize went to Anthony St. James for his piece “Remember When,” a giant steel bicycle crafted from steel, stainless steel, and antique industrial wheels. This piece is located in front of the Georgetown Public Library 8th Street entrance.

Sculpture Tour artists and their awards are:

First Prize:
Dan Pogue, “One Trick Pony”

Second Prize:
Anthony St. James, “Remember When”

Honorable Mention:
Anthony St. James, “Cloud Kaleidoscope
Mary Paige Huey, “Garden Femme”
David Southerland, “Healing Hand”
Cindy Debold, “In and Out of the Box”
Steve Parker, “Lo Fi Cycle”
John Mark Luke, “Wastin’ Away Again”
Laura Sturtz, “Cheshire Cat”
Laura Sturtz, “Hands”
Cindy Debold, “Joy”
Jay Schaan, “Quest for Knowledge”
Laura Sturtz, “High Stepping Dancer”

The City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board selected 11 of these 2019-2020 Sculpture Tour pieces from a total of 20 pieces submitted for consideration by 14 artists. Two sculptures, “Hands” by Laura Sturtz and “Quest for Knowledge” by Jay Schaan, were part of the 2018-2019 Sculpture Tour and will remain into the 2019-2020 tour due to popularity. All Sculptures in the current tour will remain on exhibit through October 2020.

To view an interactive map of the Sculpture Tour, click here.

An open Call for Entries for the annual City Sculpture Tour is posted from June 1st to August 1st every year.

Community Painting Party – “Preserving History” Mural

On Thursday, October 24th from 9am-7pm, the Arts and Culture Board will host a community painting party for community members to come out and help paint portions of the “Preserving History” mural that honors Mary Smith Bailey, founder of the Mary Bailey Head Start Center in Georgetown.  This is a unique opportunity to engage and collaborate with local artists Devon Clarkson and Norma Clark as they create an artistic backdrop to the historic African American Shotgun House.

You must sign up for a one-hour time slot to paint.  There are 6 openings available per time slot, and all materials are provided.

To sign up for your time slot, please call or email Amanda Still, Arts & Culture Coordinator, at (512) 930-8471 or arts@georgetown.org

Location: Georgetown City Hall; 808 Martin Luther King Jr St

 

“Preserving History” Mural at City Hall and the Historic African American Shotgun House

The “Preserving History” mural by Devon Clarkson and Norma Clark will start to take form at the back of City Hall in late October 2019. Because the mural will also form a backdrop to the Historic African American Shotgun House, the Arts and Culture Board worked with the non-profit that operates the Shotgun House – Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association – to identify a theme that is important to the surrounding neighborhood and the constituents of the GCCMA. After reviewing several resources on the history of the neighborhood and meetings with GCCMA, a major theme that emerged was preserving history during a time of integration. While the major achievement of integration was the equality of access to services and educational opportunities to all groups of people in the community, another consideration was the importance of preserving history and culture during this period of major growth and change. When facilitating any growth and innovative changes within a community, such as the creation of public art murals and the construction of innovative programming spaces, it’s important to honor the culture and history of the area. The theme of integration can be applied to all scenarios that require a collaboration between different groups across generations and cultures: from integrating schools, to making way for rapid growth and development within a City, to the collaboration between artists of different levels of experience and styles.

Mary Smith Bailey was chosen as the subject of the “Preserving History” mural because she was an important local figure who helped steward many children in Georgetown through a period of historic growth and change. In 1953, Mary Bailey founded The West Side Kindergarten, the first preschool in the area to offer educational preschool services to non-white children. She believed that “preschool children benefit most from an educational environment that helps them develop self-confidence, the ability to get along with and help others, and the desire to learn. Today, hundreds of students and many changes later, the Mary Bailey [Head Start] Center continues to teach Georgetown children of all races the importance of learning”. (Histories of Pride, Thirteen Pioneers Who Shaped Georgetown’s African American Community)

Local portrait artist, Devon Clarkson, will paint the image of Mary Smith Bailey as the focal point of the mural. Devon’s experience includes local art exhibitions, as well as being the selected poster artist for the 20th Anniversary Red Poppy poster. Norma Clark, a local artist and graduate from Southwestern University, will create a montage of inspired abstract images that can be recognized as children and students participating in athletic and educational activities. Norma is an established professional artist whose experience includes numerous solo and group exhibitions across Central Texas. The collaboration of these two artists represents the integration of different artist styles to create something innovative and new while honoring and preserving culture and history.

On Thursday, October 24th, the Arts and Culture Board will host a community painting party for community members to come out and help paint portions of the mural.  For more information on how to participate, please click here.

City Hall Gallery Features Artwork by Gary Anderson

The current exhibit at City Hall features local artist Gary Anderson from July 1 – September 31.

“Compelled to explore discarded, anachronistic, and misplaced items, Gary Anderson’s work endeavors to offer objects an afterlife within other forms. By performing repetitive and rhythmic artistic tasks, he creates families of related shapes and textures, resulting in the discovery of new sets, groups, and configurations. Individual reincarnated works materialize in their newly assigned place, beckoning us to contemplate and reflect.”

The Gallery Wall at City Hall will exhibit two local artists per year, an exhibition of Georgetown Independent School District Advanced Placement student artwork, and an exhibition of Southwestern University student artwork.  Local artists interested in being considered to exhibit may submit their resume and portfolio to arts@georgetown.org

Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants Awarded

At the July 2019 Board meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $10,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools. The grants will help fund local poetry, literature, visual art, music, theatre, and film events and programs in Georgetown.

The Georgetown arts and culture community is expanding and developing quickly, as evidenced by the number of arts and culture organizations that have never applied for a Georgetown Arts and Culture grant before.  In addition to the traditional art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage grant applications, it’s great to see funding requests for poetry, literature, and film.  Non-traditional musical perfomances such as pop-up, outdoor Baroque concerts and symphony performances of popular cartoon theme songs, as well as theatre arts performances such as magic shows are some examples of new genres popping up in our local arts and culture scene.

The events and programs funded in this grant cycle include:

Austin Opera for Austin Opera LIVE at the Georgetown Public Library – $661
Cinematic Symphony for Toon Tunes – Animation Concert – $1200
Elementary GISD Librarians for San Gabriel River Reader Author Presentation – $1760
Georgetown Poetry Festival for Georgetown Poetry Festival – $700
Georgetown Texas Photography for Georgetown Texas Photography Festival Co-Hosted by the Williamson Museum (Second Annual) – $772
Magic Hotline for Magic Mondays at Boys and Girls Club! – $500
New Vintage Baroque for New Vintage Baroque Pop-Up Concert Series – $1142
The Georgetown Palace Theatre for Inclusion in the Theatre – $1200
Southwestern University for Georgetown Green Film Series – $865
Writers’ League of Texas for Texas Writes: Georgetown – $1200

Funds are for events and programs taking place in Georgetown between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

Call for Grant Proposals Now Open!

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is now inviting grant proposals for art, music, theatre, dance, and cultural heritage events or projects occurring Oct. 2019-March 2020 .

Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art, arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply.

The grant proposal form for events and programs occurring Oct. 2019-March 2020 will be live at 12:01 am on June 1, 2019 and will close at 11:59 pm on June 30, 2019. Click here to go to the form:

Grant Proposal Form

For more information, please visit the grant page.

Mayoral Proclamation for Mary Ellen Butler, Georgetown Palace Theatre

The Mayor and the City of Georgetown would like to pay tribute to Mary Ellen Butler of the Georgetown Palace Theatre for her contributions to the arts and culture scene of Georgetown and honor her for her extraordinary talents and achievements.  The Mayor will present Mary Ellen Butler with a mayoral proclamation at 6 PM on June 11 at the regular Council meeting.

Mary Ellen Butler directed her first play, Our Town, at the Georgetown Palace Theatre in 2002.  She served on the board of directors of the theatre and was hired as the Artistic Director in 2003.  She remained in that position until her retirement in March, 2019.  Mary Ellen played a critical role in bringing the Palace from near-bankruptcy to a multi-million dollar non-profit organization.  She helped establish the Palace as an anchor for the downtown which assisted Georgetown in becoming recognized as an official Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

“Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 was proclaimed “Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” Day in a Mayoral Proclamation for the art students from Eastview High School who were selected to participate in the City of Georgetown’s Utility Box Art Project.

“Lady of Georgetown” by Mya Stoessel was selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board for the utility box at the corner of 7th Street and Austin Avenue.  “Colorful Georgetown” – a collaborative piece by Makenna Baylor, Cassidy Salyer, and Beti Wain – was selected for the utility box at the corner of 2nd Street and Austin Avenue.

Several pieces of student artwork were submitted for consideration to the Arts and Culture Board by Eastview High School art instructor, Jessica Sobhani, during an open call for artwork submissions for public art in Georgetown.  The art students selected and the EVHS Art Department recognize the value of public art to the community and the City of Georgetown, and the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board are honored to add “Lady of Georgetown” and “Colorful Georgetown” to the City public art collection.

Artists are encouraged to submit their artwork during open calls throughout each year.  For the latest news on open calls, please subscribe to the Arts and Culture newsletter by submitting your information on the arts.georgetown.org home page.

Public Art at the new City Center

On March 25th, the City of Georgetown celebrated the grand opening of two City buildings that are part of a civic campus for City government offices. Known as City Center, the new civic campus includes City Hall and Council and Court buildings as well as the existing Georgetown Public Library that opened in 2007, the Historic Light and Water Works office building, and a public parking lot on Eighth Street.

The great news for Arts and Culture in Georgetown is that the new City Center has integrated pieces of public art into the architectural design of the spaces!

The Municipal Court features a mosaic tile mural titled El Árbol (The Tree) by J. Muzacz. The El Árbol mosaic mural was inspired by a well-known vista from the Jim Hogg Campground at Lake Georgetown.The 50,000 unique glass pieces represent the diversity of Georgetown and were sourced from suppliers all over the country – of Italian, Chinese and Mexican origin. The tiles were then hand-placed over a three-month period and installed using trade techniques. The wall above the transaction window of the Municipal Court exhibits a printed reproduction of original acrylic paintings by artist, Kevin Greer, and titled DayScape Wonder.

The City Hall rotunda features a mural by Mike McConnell and was created using vector graphics and printed on vinyl. The artwork, Bluhole Park, was inspired by photos taken of the San Gabriel River. The curved gallery wall of the lobby will exhibit quarterly rotating artwork by local artists and students. The inaugural exhibition features work by beloved Georgetown artist, Carol Light. Seven framed 12×12 paper collages complete the impressive installation of her work. If you are a local artist and would like to be considered for nomination to this invitational program, please send a digital portfolio and resume to info@arts.georgetown.org.

Sculpture Tour map is live!

After a great collaboration between the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and Arts and Culture departments, we are pleased to present an interactive map of this year’s Sculpture Tour.

Navigate the pieces by clicking the images at the bottom of the map or by clicking the numbers on the map itself.

To view the Sculpture Tour Map, please click here.

Call for proposals for events occurring April-September 2019

The call for grant proposals for events occurring April-September 2019 is now closed. Applicants will be notified once the Arts and Culture Board has reviewed all of the proposals.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board invites grant proposals for art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects twice each year. Nonprofit organizations, schools, informal arts and culture organizations, and individual artists who are creating public art or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Grants awarded last year averaged $1,400.

Please note individuals and organizations are only eligible for one Arts and Culture grant per calendar year.

The grant proposal form will be live at 12:01 am on December 1, 2018 and will close at midnight on December 31, 2018. Click here to go to the form:

Grant Proposal Form

Some of the information requested on the form will be:

  • Contact information for primary contact for proposal who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal
  • Event or project title
  • Purpose and description of the event or project
  • Date, location, admission charge, and anticipated attendance
  • Size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants
  • Amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources (e.g., donations, ticket sales, other grants)

Special consideration will be given for events or projects that meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Are free and open to the public
  • Include outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • Have a cultural tourism or economic impact (e.g., events that may attract people who also attend other arts & culture venues or events, stay overnight, shop, or dine in Georgetown)

Organizations or individuals that receive funding will be required to follow up by:

  • Recognizing the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs
  • Submitting a one-page report to the Arts and Culture Board with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials

If you have questions, please call or email Lawren Weiss at 512-930-3552 or lawren.weiss@georgetown.org

Call for Artist Proposals: Art for City Buildings

Project:  The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for the new City Hall and Municipal Court. Three areas have been identified for artwork. A theme has not been selected for the spaces to allow each artist an opportunity to present their own unique vision for the space.  Below are the details and dimensions of the three areas that are open for entries.

Area #1: City Hall Rotunda

  • Dimensions: 88 feet X 3.5 feet (28- foot diameter)
  • Topic: None/Artist’s choice
  • Medium: Digital art submission. This area is a continuous band at the base of a dome. Half of it will be drywall and the other half will be on glass.  The glass section will have 19 windows, the artwork will go on the glass but not on the metal mullions dividing the glass; see pictures below for more information.  Digital submissions will be accepted for this area and the winning submission will be printed on vinyl and installed by the City of Georgetown. Digital submission can include, but are not limited to: photographs, computer renderings, and photographs of original artwork (paintings, sculpture, colored pencil etc.).  The submission must address the horizontal nature of the space and fit the dimensions accurately.  The submission does not need to account for the window divisions; simply a rectangular design is
  • Digital Requirements for Printing: 100 ppi at the size of the image (88’ feet x 3.5 feet) or 200 ppi at half the size of the image (44 feet x 1.75 feet). File format: flattened TIFF or PSB
  • Digital Requirements for Submitting Proposal: The full size file will be too large to upload to Submittable. Please submit a smaller JPG version of the artwork that conveys the image and concept for the Arts & Culture board to review.  Be prepared to provide the full size file if your application is selected as the winning submission. In this image,  is an example of how the digital submission can be entered as one file or multiple files.  You do not need to account for the window divisions or transition location from drywall to glass. 
  • Artist Stipend: $5,000

Area #2: Municipal Court Transaction Window

  • Dimensions: 22 feet X 5 feet
  • Topic: None/Artist’s choice
  • Medium: Digital art submission. This area is above the transaction window on drywall. Digital submissions will be accepted for this area and the winning submission will be printed on vinyl and installed by the City of Georgetown. The digital submission can include, but are not limited to: photographs, computer renderings, and photographs of original artwork (paintings, sculpture, colored pencil etc.). The submission must address the horizontal nature of the space and fit the dimensions accurately.
  • Digital Requirements for Printing: 100 ppi at the size of the image (22’ feet x 5 feet) or 200 ppi at half the size of the image (11 feet x 2.5 feet). File format: flattened TIFF or PSB
  • Digital Requirements for Submitting Proposal: The full size file will be too large to upload to Submittable. Please submit a smaller JPG version of the artwork that conveys the image and concept for the Arts & Culture board to review.  Be prepared to provide the full size file if your application is selected as the winning submission.
  • Artist Stipend: $3,000

Area #3: Municipal Court Lobby Wall

  • Dimensions: 21 feet X 16 feet
  • Topic: None/Artist’s choice
  • Medium: The wall will be reinforced with plywood to allow for some additional weight and a variety of art mediums. The artwork can include, but is not limited to: paint, wall mounted sculpture, photos, mosaics, wallpaper etc.  The artwork can be one large piece or multiple small pieces that work together to make a large piece.
  • Artist Stipend: $5,000
  • Material Stipend: Artist will receive up to $2,000.00 in material reimbursements (with receipts and subject to a signed letter of agreement). Artists will be asked to include a budget in proposal.  Additional expenses may be approved by the Arts and Culture Board if appropriate.
  • Completion Date: All work must be completed by December 15, 2018.

How to submit: Proposals will be submitted through Submittable.com: https://artsgeorgetown.submittable.com/Submit. A separate proposal must be submitted for each area.  Artists are allowed to submit no more than two proposals per area.

Proposal Deadline:  Midnight September 30, 2018

Selection: The artists will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and notified by October 19, 2018.

Application fee: None

Payment: An initial payment of 50% will be paid within two weeks of a signed letter of agreement and 50% will be paid upon completion of the artwork installation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sarah J. Blankenship at 512-930-8471 or sarah.blankenship@georgetown.org

 

Images of each area below

Area #1: City Hall Rotunda | 88 feet X 3.5 feet |Area highlighted in yellow

Area #2: Municipal Court Transaction Window | 22 feet X 5 feet |Area highlighted in yellow

Area #3: Municipal Court Lobby Wall | 21 feet X 16 feet |Area highlighted in yellow

City of Georgetown 2017-2018 Sculpture Tour Call for Entries and Application

Blue Healer by Faith Schexnayder is a 2016 Sculpture Tour piece on Main Street.

Please see 2018-2019 information here: https://arts.georgetown.org/call-for-entries-sculpture-tour-2018-2019/

NOW OPEN June 1-Aug. 1, 2018


**This call closed Sept. 1, 2017. Thank you to all the sculptors who submitted pieces for consideration!

The Arts & Culture Board’s decisions will be made and communicated to you by Sept. 30.**

The City of Georgetown has issued a call for entries for its annual Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the bustling Georgetown Cultural District.

Sculpture Tour applications will be accepted May 1 – Sept. 1. Each sculptor may submit up to three sculptures for consideration. Please provide two or three photographs of each piece, showing different angles.

From the applications submitted by the deadline, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board will select the nine 2017-18 Sculpture Tour pieces. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decisions by Sept. 30.

Sculptures will be installed by appointment in early November 2017 and remain on display through October 2018. Delivery is the artist’s responsibility; installation will be done by City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation staff working with the artist.

Strength by Julio Sanchez de Alba was a piece in the 2010 Sculpture Tour in front of the Georgetown Public Library.

No honoraria will be paid; instead, all nine sculptures selected for this year’s Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize based on judging that will take place in November by the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. Checks will be mailed in December. Awards will be:

$1,500 First Prize (one will be awarded)
$750 Second Prize (one will be awarded)
$500 Honorable Mention (seven 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. Once installed, sculptures are covered for theft or damage by City insurance.

The online application form is below. Or if you prefer you can print the City of Georgetown Sculpture Tour Application and then email or mail the form and images.

If you have any questions about the application or the selection process, please call Dana Hendrix at 512-930-3624.

Georgetown Arts & Culture Board Awards Grants to Local Organizations

At its November 2016 meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $20,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools. The grants will help fund local art, music, theatre, and cultural heritage events or projects in Georgetown.

The amounts and projects funded in this grant cycle are:

Festival of the Arts, for support of the 2017 festival: $3,000
Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association: $1,000
Georgetown High School Theatre Dept. Booster Club for Thespian Festival scholarships: $2,000
Georgetown Symphony Society for support of the 2016-2017 season: $3,000
Georgetown Palace Theatre to help fund inclusion shows: $3,000
Senior University for technical equipment for lectures: $1,500
SU Native organization for support of 2017 Powwow: $1,500
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra for funding two Georgetown concerts: $3,000
Williamson Museum for an interactive exhibit: $2,000

Funds are for events in Georgetown taking place in Georgetown between December 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

For more information about the work of the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board, visit arts.georgetown.org/georgetown-arts-culture-board.

Carol Light

Carol Light and Mayor Dale Ross at the Nov. 8, 2016 City Council Meeting
Carol Light and Mayor Dale Ross at the Nov. 8, 2016 City Council Meeting

Carol Light’s contributions to arts and culture in Georgetown were recognized Nov. 8, 2016  in a proclamation at a City Council meeting that acknowledged her career and lifetime of service to the arts.

Mayor Dale Ross remarked on Light’s contribution as an artist at the meeting. “Carol Light is a very talented artist and a wonderful representative for Georgetown’s strong arts community. She has helped to build the art community here over the decades through her teaching and encouragement of other artists, and she has enriched life in Georgetown by sharing the inspiring body of work she has created in her 45+ years in Georgetown as a professional artist. She is a person who inspires creativity and joy through the arts,” said Mayor Ross.

In 2015, Light was selected as one of just a handful of local artists commissioned to create artwork to be exhibited in the Sheraton Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center, which opened in July. Light collaborated with Sue Bishop Spahn on a 14-foot-long painting called “Grazing the Fault” that hangs now behind the reception desk in the upscale hotel. (See page B1 of the July 31, 2016 Williamson County Sun for a profile and a picture of “Grazing the Fault.”)

Light’s art has been exhibited internationally, and has won awards in a number of juried shows. Her work was carried by Spicewood Gallery and Design Studio in Austin, and by Hill Design + Gallery in Georgetown. She works primarily in watercolor and mixed media.

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In her studio

Light, 86, says, “I am still making art, mostly mixed media lately. I work on paper and canvas, and I love handmade papers and collage. It’s so much fun to be in the creative process—it’s a different world. It transports you like books and reading do, but putting color down on paper is a special joy for me.”

Light is a third-generation floral designer who worked as a young woman in Austin for the family business, Belding Flowers, which served the needs of customers like Lyndon Baines Johnson and John Connally. She worked as a floral designer until 1976. When asked how she was first inspired to take up art, she said, “We were not taught much art in high school, but my parents owned the retail flower shop in the Driskill Hotel in Austin, and you learn a lot of design in the floral industry.”

In addition to that on-the-job training, Light attended Tarleton College in Stephenville, Texas and also The University of Texas at Austin. She left college in order to study art more intensively, and she took summer courses at Louisiana Tech University in Rustin, Louisiana.

Light and her husband and sons moved to Georgetown in 1969, into a house she still occupies. She works in a studio on the property that was rebuilt from the remains of a barn with a sweeping view of the countryside.

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A recent work in collage

In 1980, she became an art instructor and she continued to teach art until 1996. “Most artists,” she said, “have to supplement their income. Artists are trying to say something in a nonverbal way….while you are practicing and working on those creative goals, you have to support yourself, so I took up teaching—then I found out what a joy it was. I ended up travelling and teaching all over the state. It was so inspiring to teach other artists and see them develop.”

In June, her farm was the site for a “Curated Picnic” for creatives organized by Light with graphic designer and artist Nick Ramos, owner of Georgetown graphic design firm Graphismo. Ramos says, “Carol is a pioneer, an inspiration, a true guiding light. The never-ending desire to learn keeps her young. She has mentored endless numbers of artists, citizens, and children in our community. She was there at the beginning of the Williamson County Art Guild. Her words, kindness, talent, and smile are a source of energy that will inspire anyone that crosses her path.”

In addition to her teaching, Light has worked in other ways to foster local creativity. She has a history of involvement in local arts groups, having served as president of the Williamson County Art Guild and judging art exhibits, as well, including the 2012 Art Hop, a statewide competitive exhibit hosted by the Georgetown Art Center.