Sculpture 'Ride' 2021

Join us for Sculpture ‘RIDE’ on October 23rd, along with opening Reception

Kingsport is doing a Sculpture “Ride” in honor of the 13th Sculpture Walk opening this year! This sculpture ‘ride’ will be in place of the traditional sculpture walk.

Limited to the first 15 people – The 2021 Sculpture ‘RIDE’ begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 23rd. Opening Reception will be at the new City Hall, 415 Broad St, Kingsport, TN 37660, following the shuttle ride. Charlie Brouwer, guest juror for the 2021 Sculpture Walk XIII, will be visiting to share his insight with us into the artwork he chose for the show.

The ‘Sculpture Ride’ to view the sculptures will begin at 10 a.m. and is free to the public, but seats must be reserved in advance. Please reserve your seat online today by clicking the eventbrite link, or call the Office of Cultural Arts at 423-392-8414 to reserve your seat!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/190605876307   

We look forward to seeing you!

Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts 423-392-8414

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Seeking sculpture for the Thirteenth Annual Sculpture Walk Exhibition

Kingsport’s 13th Annual Sculpture Walk Exhibition

It’s that time – Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is seeking art for Kingsport’s 13th Sculpture Walk!

The exhibition will run from October 2021 to October 2022. Works can be in any media form, must be suitable for outdoor public space and may be functional or non-functional. The Sculpture Walk, located within Kingsport city limits, will be curated by sculpture artist Charlie Brouwer.

”We are happy to be returning to the annual Sculpture Walk this year,” said Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts program coordinator. “Not only do we celebrate our local artists, but we also welcome artists from all over the country so that Kingsport can enjoy their work and learn from it. We always look forward to the variety of artists that display in Kingsport and having been a featured artist before, Charlie Brouwer is going to be a great curator for the show.”

Application Information

Submissions: Functional or non-functional work in any media suitable for outdoor public space. Works may be available for purchase. Up to eight works will be selected for this exhibition.

Eligibility: Open to all professional artists over the age of 18.

Exhibition: 12 months. October 2021 – October 2022

Stipend: Each artist who is selected for the exhibition will receive a $1500 stipend per artist/piece. Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are encouraged to be on site to oversee installation. Most installation costs regarding site prep will not be the responsibility of the artist.

Purchases: Art may be open to public purchase.

Deadline: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on September 1, 2021 (no late applications will be accepted). The application information is found BELOW.  Applications can be sent to KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com.

Contact:

Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator
Renaissance Center
1200 East Center St
Kingsport, TN 37660

Phone: 423-392-8414

E-mail: hannahpowell@kingsporttn.gov

Timeline:
September 1                                                   Deadline for application materials
September 1 – 15                                           Selection
September 16 – 30                                         Artist Notification
October 1 – 22 by appointment                     Installation Dates
October 23                                                      Sculpture Walk / Reception

 

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APPLICATION Information (to include in your submission):

 

Name:

 

Address:

 

Phone #:

 

Email:

 

Website (if applicable):

 

Title of sculpture:

 

Sculpture material:

 

Date of sculpture:

 

Dimensions of sculpture:

 

Weight of sculpture:

 

**Please also include your artist statement, your resume, and at least 3 photos of the sculpture being submitted. Send completed application with any additional documents to Kingsportartentry@gmail.com.

or mail to:

Sculpture Walk Application
Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts
Kingsport Renaissance Center
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

 

For more information about this year’s Sculpture Walk, please visit arts.kingsporttn.gov or call 423-392-8414.

Iron Pour in Kingsport! FUN, FOOD, FLAMES & white-hot Iron

You don’t want to miss being a part of this!  The 2021 Kingsport Iron Pour will take place on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, with workshops taking place in the weeks prior.  You have a chance to create your own iron artwork! See details below.

You’re not just invited to watch, you’re invited to make your own art.  On Saturday, May 8th, the furnace will roar, crackle, flame, and spark with power and excitement!  Join us for an iron pour demonstration conducted by Sculpture artist Tripp Jarvis and a team of master sculptors as they heat 500 pounds of iron until it’s white hot, then pour it into molds made in the Scratch Mold Workshop.  Let the fireworks begin!

To watch, it’s free!  To participate by creating your own mold, it’s only $15 to create your own Iron Art thru one of the workshops.  (see below for details)

Food Trucks will be on site with us as the iron pour is heating up!  11:30am – 3pm is projected time of the fun!  

Venue:  The Inventor Center    118 Shelby St., Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

 

Scratch Mold Workshops:

Class option 1:  Friday, April 30th, 10am – 12 noon  (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Class option 2:  Friday, April 30th, 6pm-8pm (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Class option 3:  Friday, May 7th, 10am – 12 noon (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Class option  4:  Friday, May 7th,  6pm-8pm (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Class option 5:   Saturday, May 8th, 10am – 12 noon  (This is the morning of the Iron Pour event.  All molds must be completed no later than 1pm) (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Workshop:

Create your own iron artwork by making a Scratch Mold.  Suitable for beginners and students of all skill level, you’ll scratch unique designs into an 8-inch sand mold which will be cast with molten iron by professional artists during the main event (held on Saturday, May 8th).  At the end of the night, take home your one-of-a-kind art.  The workshop cost includes all materials needed for the workshop and the casting of your piece in iron on May 8th during the main event.  Rain or shine.  Advance registration required.  $15 scratch block mold.  (ALL WORKSHOPS ARE SOLD OUT – But join us for the IRON POUR demonstration on May 8th!)

Visit www.EngageKingsport.com & click on “Buy Tickets” at the top to reserve your spot!  Call 423-392-8414 with any questions.

Direct link to ticket page:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iron-pour-scratch-mold-workshop-tickets-148818848181?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

 

This Scratch Mold Workshop and Iron Pour is hosted by Engage Kingsport and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at the Inventor Center located at 118 Shelby Street, and is made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

About the Office of Cultural Arts

The Office of Cultural Arts (OCA), part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. We operate the Renaissance Arts Center, the Farmer’s Market, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Kingsport Public Art Program, Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations. The OCA works in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the “Friends of the Cultural Arts” group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.

About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S. The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500-acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory. Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives. While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”

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Now Accepting Art Applications for New City Hall Gallery

Now Accepting Applications for New City Hall Gallery

The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is looking for regional and local artists to be featured in the new city hall main lobby. Art submissions will be entered into an artist database and future exhibits at the new city hall will draw from this database of submissions. Exhibits will be temporary, lasting one month to three months. If you would like to be considered for exhibiting your work, you may submit via email or mail a packet to the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

If emailing, please send all inquiries/submissions to KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com.

When submitting your work, please include the following information, along with 5-9 photos of your work and a copy of your artist statement.

Subject line of your email:  “City Hall + [Your last name]”

Please include all of the following information in the body of your email:

Name:

Company Name (if applicable):

Phone Number:

Email address:

Type of Art (Art Medium):

How many pieces do you have available to exhibit?

Have you exhibited your artwork before?      If so, where?

Please attach the following items to your email: 

  • Your Artist Statement (If you have one.)
  • 5-9 pictures of your work (Please make sure your images are a small enough file size to send through email if choosing this option. Do not exceed 12MB per email)

If mailing, please include all application info, a copy of your artist statement and 5-9 pictures of your work. Mail your submission packet to the address below:

City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

For more information about submitting art for the new city hall gallery, please email KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com or call 423-392-8414.

Now Accepting Art Applications for New City Hall Gallery

Call To Muralists

Call to Muralists

Call to Muralists

Requesting qualifications for professional regional artists to paint murals on overpasses along the Kingsport Greenbelt

 

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
The City of Kingsport, under the direction of the Office of Cultural Arts, with advisement from both the Public Art Committee and the Greenbelt Committee, is requesting qualifications for professional regional artists to paint murals on overpasses along the Kingsport Greenbelt. At this time, the project consists of two murals, which may grow to more. The suggested theme for the murals are vintage Kingsport, or nature you would find along the greenbelt. Text should only be used if significant to the design of the mural.

Background:
The Kingsport Greenbelt is a part of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Kingsport. The city is looking to make the Greenbelt more beautiful and inviting by adding artwork to overpasses along the path. There are different layouts to the overpasses. The two that are up for current artists’ consideration are the Eastman Road overpass, and the Clinchfield Street overpass. Artists may submit entrees for one or both overpass murals, but must indicate which street they are applying for. Artists are encouraged to research the overpasses included in this project.

RFQ Greenbelt Mural   < Click here for more information on how to submit your application, along with photos of the mural locations.

NOW ONLINE – Kingsport Carousel Gift Shop

 

SHOP ONLINE HERE!

A portion of our gift shop items are now for sale ONLINE!

Follow this link to shop digitally:  ONLINE ORDERING   Shop with us even if you can’t make it to see us 🙂

Thank you for your purchase!

The Kingsport Carousel is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell Carousel located inside the temperature controlled “Pal’s Roundhouse” at 350 Clinchfield Street Kingsport, TN (at the corner of E. Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Downtown Kingsport). We are currently closed, but hope to reopen soon.  For updates to Carousel Schedule, please call 423-343-9834.

 

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Sculpture Walk XII (2019 – 2020)

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comes to downtown Kingsport for 1 year!

The 12th annual Sculpture Walk is here! Five new sculptures and one remaining favorite are now part of the Kingsport Sculpture Walk, curated by Catherine Murray of East Tennessee State University. Sculpture Walk XII is in the downtown area, and several of the new art can be seen on Broad Street.

A convenient place to begin the walk is near Citizen’s Bank on Main Street.
“It is so exciting to be a part of this annual project that was started by my predecessor, Bonnie Macdonald, twelve years ago,” says Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator. “We have a lot of talent on exhibit in these sculptures, not only from our region, but also from multiple states on the East coast.  Our department’s mission is to not only showcase the arts and culture of Kingsport, but also to expose the Kingsport community to art and culture from all over the nation. The Sculpture Walk is a perfect example of that.”

Sculpture Walk XII will be on display through October 2020.  The opening reception will feature Catherine Murray speaking about the sculpture, and refreshments, sponsored by Engage Kingsport, will be served at Impressions Fine Art Gallery—246 Broad Street, Kingsport, on October 10th, 2019 at 5:30pm.

 

“Pigeons,” a concrete and bronze sculpture, is brought to Kingsport by artist Colleen Rudolf.  Rudolf, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a Professor of Sculpture at Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt. Holly, New Jersey, and has a MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  “Pigeons” is located at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street.

Opposite Rudolf’s sculpture, you can find Steve Bickley’s steel sculpture “SECO.” Bickley joins us from Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, and has shown his work in over 180 exhibitions. He received his degrees from the School of Art at East Carolina University and the University of Georgia.

Mike Roig’s new sculpture “Lean on Me” is unlike his previously seen works.  Fans will notice that instead of a rotating piece, Roig added color to this new installment. This adds motion through the grace and curves of the art, yet clearly defining title “Lean on Me.”  Roig lives and works in Carboro, North Carolina, and earned his BA from the University of Maryland. Kingsport’s permanent public art collection features Roig’s “Yo-Yo’s Muse” and “The Answer My Friend.”

Patti Lawrence’s steel sculpture “Lost and Found,” at the corner of Sullivan and Main Streets, is an assemblage created from the demolition site of the old Woolworths building on Broad Street.  Lawrence is a local Kingsport artist.  Her permanent art can be found at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.  You can also find her art at the Impressions Fine Art Gallery on Broad Street.

CR Gray’s “Popsicles” will be featured at the Kingsport Farmers Market.  A native of Key West, Florida, Gray has shown “Popsicles” in various public art exhibits, and it is now coming to Kingsport from North Carolina.  His sculpture will add a pop of color to the Farmers Market, and will be a great photo opportunity for those visiting the market or carousel.

Jim Gallucci’s “Divine Wind” will continue to welcome onlookers coming from the west side of downtown at the Netherland Inn roundabout. This archway shows the repetition of the roundabout as onlookers pass through the curves of the roundabout. Gallucci has been a sculptor for more than 35 years and currently works full time sculpting in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Downtown Kingsport Welcomes New Mural ‘Silent Skies’

Downtown Kingsport Welcomes New Mural
‘Silent Skies’

A new flock of birds has landed in Kingsport—painted birds, that is. The installation of the “Silent Skies Mural Project,” which features portraits of all 678 birds on the endangered species list, began in downtown Kingsport, Tuesday, February 5.

This 24-foot by 50-foot vinyl-printed mural will hang at the corner of Market and Broad Streets, where the “Humanae” mural once hung. The “Silent Skies Mural Project” is a representation of an installation that opened in Vancouver, Canada, last August. That installation featured the original 678 portraits on 8-inch by 8-inch canvases, arranged in a 100-foot mural. Artists for Conversation, a Canada-based non-profit that promotes conservation through wildlife art, launched the collaborative project with an international call for artists.

Kingsport’s own Suzanne Barrett Justis is a Signature Member of Artists for Conversation, and “Silent Skies” features six of her portraits. The windows of her gallery, Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art, look out directly onto the wall where the mural will hang. Tuesday morning, she was out on the street excitedly taking pictures of the mural installation, which was done by end-of-day.

“It’s exciting for me as an artist,” Justis said, “but I hope it’s exciting for Kingsport to say, ‘Hey, we have this mural, and one of our own is on it.’”

The idea of printing the mural on vinyl was Justis’ idea. A longtime wildlife and conservation artist who originally studied animal science, Justis believed it was important to bring this mural to as many places and people as possible. While the original installation has hung in Vancouver, Arizona, and is now set to travel to China, Justis is working hard to bring vinyl versions to cities and zoos across the country. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts worked with Justis to make Kingsport the very first place to host the vinyl installation.

“This mural is bringing awareness to the 678 endangered species of birds,” Justis said. “It’s also letting international artists shine, and it has a call to action to learn more about each species.”

The mural invites people to visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org/ where they can view each bird portrait online. Prints of each portrait are available for purchase, and the proceeds will benefit conservation education among youth, as well as bird conservation.

The “Silent Skies Mural Project” will hang in downtown Kingsport for six months. For more information, please visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org/.

Kingpsport Ballet Sleeping Beauty Auditions

Sleeping Beauty Auditions for the Kingsport Ballet’s April performance

SLEEPING BEAUTY AUDITIONS this Saturday, January 19th!! Dancers from the region who are interested in auditioning are welcome. Audition is free of charge. Ages 12-13 @ 12:45-1:30pm and Ages 14 and up @ 1:30-3. Min. 2 yrs on pointe. The ballet will take place April 11-14 at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid. Join us! 423-378-3967 kingsportballet@gmail.com

Charlie Brouwer sculpture

Here’s your chance to meet Sculpture Walk Artist, Charlie Brouwer!

Here’s your chance to meet Sculpture Walk Artist, Charlie Brouwer!

Have you seen his wood sculptures around Kingsport?? Or maybe you saw the Kingsport Ladder Project?

Artist Talk begins at 10 am on Saturday, Oct. 13th entitled “Playing Outside: One artist’s journey into the world of public art.” Thank you to the Friends of the Library for allowing this to take place at the Kingsport Public Library.

For 25 years Charlie Brouwer was an “indoor artist.” Over the past 15 years outdoor sculptures and public art have become a major part of his practice. His talk will be about why and how this happened.