The Inaugural Georgetown Autumn Art Stroll

Mark your calendars for the inaugural Georgetown Autumn Art Stroll. The Stroll will take place in Downtown Georgetown on Thursday, October 21 from 4-8pm and is an opportunity for patrons to view art and purchase art from artists in Grace Plaza and the Splash Pad at the Art Center , as well as at local arts businesses and arts and culture organizations. The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Program will provide an opportunity to engage and participate in the creation of a mosaic mural led by muralist and Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Artist J Muzacz. Local arts businesses and arts and culture organizations will also offer unique opportunities to engage with their arts and culture programming. Live acoustic music at Grace Plaza will be provided by Jack Flatau. Subsequent art strolls are scheduled for Third Thursdays in April, July, and October of 2022!

In addition, patrons will have the opportunity to engage with and view conceptual renderings of the upcoming Arts District Capital Improvement Project between Founders Park and Grace Plaza, as well as provide feedback and input on the plans!!

Grace Plaza is adjacent to Grace Heritage Center and across the street from the Georgetown Art Center. There are many restaurants in the immediate vicinity – such as Kork Wine Bar, Sweet Lemon, District 6, Thundercloud Subs, and Lampost Coffee – as well as many other options around the Square. Pick up a glass of wine or other beverage at any of these restaurant locations to take along with you as you engage in artistic offerings during the evening art stroll.

Event maps will be provided at the Check In area in Grace Plaza.

Participating Venues

Artisan’s Connect Gallery

Full Circle: 3rd Thursdays Speakers Series for Creatives at Grace Heritage Chapel – Join this Circle for Creatives from 6-7 pm for the FULL CIRCLE guest speaker/creative/artist, Alexha Bonner, indoors at Grace Chapel as she demonstrates printmaking techniques.

Georgetown Art Center – Stop by and help create a mosaic mural with Texas Touring Artist J Muzacz, as well as view award winning artwork from the Art Hop exhibit in the Georgetown Art Center gallery. The studio artists at the GAC – Artists @ 816 – will have additional artist booths set up at the Georgetown Art Center Splash Pad .

Georgetown Palace Theatre

Prima Dora – Check out the variety of artwork and artisan created products at Prima Dora while mingling with the artists as they discuss their work on the night of the stroll.

Artists exhibiting their work in Grace Plaza are part of a juried selection process sponsored by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program. Beginning August 1st – August 31st, 2021, the City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board invites artists to submit their applications for booth space during the Autumn Art Stroll on October 21, 2021.

Pictured right: Grace Plaza space featuring Moment of Reflection by Dan Pogue from the Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour.

 

Request for Artist Submissions for the Inaugural Georgetown Autumn Art Stroll

Beginning August 1st, 2021, the City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture
Board invites artists to submit their applications for booth space during the Autumn Art Stroll on October 21, 2021. The Stroll will take place in Downtown Georgetown from 4-8pm and is an opportunity for patrons to view art and purchase art in Grace Plaza, as well as local arts businesses and arts and culture organizations. The Georgetown Arts and Culture Program will provide an opportunity to engage in a public art project, and local arts businesses and arts and culture organizations will offer unique opportunities to engage in arts and culture programming.

Please click here for guidelines:  Full Submission Guidelines – Artist Booths for Autumn Art Stroll

Please click here to submit your portfolio.

Grace Plaza is adjacent to Grace Heritage Center and across the street from the Georgetown Art Center. There are many restaurants in the immediate vicinity – such as Kork Wine Bar, Sweet Lemon, District 6, Thundercloud Subs, and Lampost Coffee – as well as many other offerings around the Square.

Artists exhibiting their work in Grace Plaza are part of a juried selection process sponsored by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program. Beginning August 1st, 2021, the City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board will invite artists to submit their applications for booth space during the Autumn Art Stroll on October 21, 2021. A group of artists may submit their work for one booth space as a group exhibition.

 

Arts and Culture Grants Awarded 2021 Round II

At the July 2021 Board meeting, the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board approved $12,650 in grants to local arts and culture organizations for the 2021 Round II grant cycle. The grants will help fund local arts and cultural programming that includes visual art, music, performing art, and history in Georgetown.

The events and programs funded include:

Central Texas Philharmonic, Inc. the Patriotic Pops Concert by The Central Texas Philharmonic – $5,000

Congregation Havurah Shalom for the ANNE FRANK – Let Me Be Myself Traveling Exhibit – $2,500

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Society the Spring Concert in Georgetown – $2,500

Georgetown Texas Photography Festival for the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival 2022 – $1,250

Preservation Georgetown for Art at Grace Heritage – Hidden Gems of Georgetown – $500

Artists Molly Fonseca & Kayur Patel for the Healing Artists Workshop and Performance – Stories of Our People – $500

Gary Anderson dba AndersonArt for Jingle Georgetown – $400

Funds are for events and programs taking place in Georgetown between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

The next Georgetown Arts and Culture grant cycle will accept proposals December 1 – December 31 for events and programs occurring from April 2022 through September 2022.

 

New Mural at Georgetown Title – “Railroad Rhythm” by Molly Keen

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board – in collaboration with Georgetown Title Company – has selected the artist for the mural at Georgetown Title. This mural is the first commercial mural that is part of the Percent for Public Art Adjacent to Capital Improvement Projects. The Georgetown Title building is adjacent to two Public Improvements Projects – Rock Street Sidewalk Improvements and the new 8th Street Parking Lot. This program presents an opportunity for public art to beautify the surrounding spaces that have become more visible to the public.

Selected artist Molly Keen has created a mural design consisting of abstract shapes and colors while highlighting a train element that represents the history of the site, which was once home to Belford Lumber Company and a stop on the railroad. The mural design will undergo a few small revisions with installation to begin in late spring/summer.

Ms. Keen is originally from the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of Washington State University with a BFA. Keen has spent her career traveling the world, painting 40+ whimsically colored, large-scale murals. Her works are spread across 34 cities and 22 countries, including several acrylic murals as part of residencies in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Cabanconde, Peru — known for their playful palettes and flowing twists that conjure child-like emotions. For more information on the artist and to view samples of her work, please visit her website by clicking here.

Call for 2021-2022 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour Entries

2021-22 Annual Georgetown Sculpture Tour

The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board is now inviting entries for the 2021-22 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 2021-2022

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, 2021 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 (18) 2021-22 Sculpture Tour pieces. All applicants will be notified of the board’s decisions in September.

“Interaction of Thought V” by John Mark Luke; 1st place award winner in 2020-2021 Georgetown Sculpture Tour

Sculptures will be installed by appointment in November 2021 and remain on display until October 2022. 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 2021-2022 Sculpture Tour will receive a cash prize awarded by the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board. Judging will occur in December 2021, and checks will be mailed in January 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.

“Uncommon Egret” by Marla Ripperda; 2nd place award winner in 2020-2021  City Sculpture Tour

Awards will include:
$1,500 First Prize (one will be awarded)
$1,000 Second Prize (one will be awarded)
$750 Honorable Mention (up to 16 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 amanda.still@georgetown.org.

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, as well as organizational development initiatives including board training, strategic planning, and professional development. 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.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is now inviting grant proposals for events and programs occurring between October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 as part of the 2021 Round II grant period. The deadline for submitting for this grant period is June 30, 2021.

Eligible requests: Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming, organizational development, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. 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 2021 Round I grant period are not eligible to apply for 2021 Round II.

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.

GHS Student Mural Installation Set for June

Students at Georgetown High School plan to install a mural on the downtown building at 101 E. Seventh St. Now home to Tejas Meat Supply, the building formerly housed Georgetown Municipal Court.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Advisory Board selected sophomore Peyton Vega’s design from among 16 student designs submitted by art instructor Angela Morin. Morin selected this public art activity as an educational opportunity for her students as part of the Art 1 curriculum.

“The students are learning how they can use art to communicate and connect with others within their community,” Morin said. “They also spent the entire year extensively learning about art history and the legacy that people who came before us created through art. With the creation of the mural, the students will now feel even more connected to that history, because they will be connected to a piece of Georgetown history.”

The mural will be painted first on “ripstop” mural fabric and adhered to the wall of the building. Vega and other students will paint the mural in the classroom during late May. Installation is scheduled for the first week of June.

The goal of this project is to continue to add to the mural every year. This first section of the mural, Everyone Deserves Kindness, will claim only a small portion of the wall, which continues the length of the long alleyway between Tejas Meat Supply and the Baked Bear. The art students and their instructor have worked with Brady Clark of Tejas Meat Supply on the placement and size of this first mural section.  The Tejas Meat Supply team, as well as the property owner of the building, say they are excited about further collaboration with Georgetown ISD and student artists on the annual additions to the mural.

The mural is jointly sponsored by Georgetown ISD and the City’s Arts and Culture Board. For updates on the project, as well as information on other art and cultural events in the downtown Georgetown cultural district, visit arts.georgetown.org.

This program received a Cultural District Grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Texas Society of Sculptors Library Show Call for Entry

The Texas Society of Sculptors is now accepting entries to be considered for their thirteenth summer show in the Georgetown Public Library. The exhibit, hosted by the Library with sponsorship from the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, showcases more than 60 works of art by Texas artists each year.

2021 EXHIBIT CALENDAR
May 15: Entry Deadline: Saturday, at midnight
June 5: Acceptance Notification
June 19: Show Set Up: Saturday, 9 am to noon
August 15: Artists’ Reception: Sunday, 1:00 pm
September 11: Artists’ Demonstrations: Saturday, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
September 18: Pick Up: Saturday, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm

Artists who would like to submit their work for consideration should first review the 2021 TSOS Show Call For Entries. The preferred method for submitting an entry is through Submittable.  Link  to the Submittable  entry  form  here:

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Questions about the Texas Society of Sculptors show at the Georgetown Public Library can be directed to Dana Hendrix, Georgetown Public Library, at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or to Linda Wilde, Texas Society of Sculptors, at lzorawilde@gmail.com.

Artist Selected for Georgetown Animal Shelter Mural

Artist and muralist Jason Tetlak of Jacksonville, FL was selected by the Georgetown Animal Shelter and the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board to design and install the upcoming mural at the shelter. Mr. Tetlak has completed mural projects across the country, including “No Sleep” – a mural in Jacksonville featuring the Beastie Boys and winner of the Guinness World Record for largest 3D/Anaglyph painting.

Tetlak says he was very interested in submitting his design for this mural project for a number of reasons. “First, I enjoy being a part of projects that are specifically aimed at leveraging art to transform public spaces. I have seen first hand how these types of projects can bring about positive change, and how public art can draw attention to a business or location. Additionally, I am excited by the idea of using public art as a platform to promote the shelter’s mission of providing animals with a second chance, and hopefully use my art to draw more people’s attention to the shelter. Ultimately I hope my colorful design will get more people involved either directly or indirectly in helping the shelter and the animals that are cared for there.”

The mural design will undergo some minor revisions and is scheduled for installation this spring. For more information on the artist, Jason Tetlak, and to view examples of his work, please visit his Instagram page by clicking here.

Final design of the mural, “Pick Me” is shown below.