Otterness is known for narrative works that are at once light-hearted and socially pertinent. His proposal for MAG—populated by monumental limestone sculptures that echo the surrounding buildings, as well as by smaller bronze figures—will tell the story of a sculpture from quarry to finished product. From its vantage point in front of the Gallery, it will also serve as a gateway into the museum.
The goal is for the installation and the surrounding park—known as Centennial Sculpture Park—to be open to the public as the Gallery counts down to its 100th anniversary in October 2013. Read the whole story
Above: Centennial Park photo rendering by Bayer Associates.
City of Rochester Receives NEA Grant
to Support ARTWalk Extension
In July 2010, the City of Rochester announced that it has been awarded a highly competitive, $250,000 Mayor’s Institute on City Design grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support expansion of ARTWalk, an innovative urban art trail in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. The City is joined by twelve community partners, among them the Memorial Art Gallery, whose planned Centennial Sculpture Park (images at left and story below) will be one of the anchors of the ARTWalk Extension Project. Read the whole story
Faces of Rochester
On August 6, 2010, volunteers hung more than 300 self-portraits by members of the community for an outdoor exhibition that lined the Gallery’s University Avenue fence for the next six weeks. It was all part of Faces of Rochester, a project sponsored by Democrat and Chronicle Media Group, the Memorial Art Gallery and the ARTWalk Extension Project, Faces of Rochester celebrates the self-portrait not only as an expression of identity but also as a way to have a public conversation about who we are.
Still to come are two other community projects—Story Walk and Poet’s Walk. To learn more visit the Democrat and Chronicle’s ARTDrop website.
Pictured: MAG director Grant Holcomb (at left) and volunteers prepare to hang the portraits.
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