The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) and its partners at the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), the K12 Gallery for Young People & TEJAS, and an independent, volunteer review panel have selected the winning local artists for the first-ever Urban Art Intersections (UAI) program.
The open call for artists last fall encouraged artists 18 & up who live in a 40-mile radius of downtown Dayton to submit their designs to enliven our downtown streetscapes with public art. Winning selections were awarded a $750 stipend.
The first design, created by Morris Howard, has been installed at the Transportation Center Garage, across the street from The Neon Movie Theater and near the Oregon District. K12’s mural team oversaw the installation. Photographer Bill Franz, caught this shot of K12’s Amanda Westbeld and BK Elias as they were working on the first mural in this project.
The DDP currently is working with property owners and K12 to secure locations for the next four designs. Those will be announced as they are finalized. All pieces will be completed by July 2017. Following Howard’s design, the other winning artists include Tricia Calvert, Laura Huff, Tracy Jayne, and Christopher Weyrich & Tiffany Allyn.
UAI will use public art as a way to connect local artists with the community and engage downtown Dayton residents, workers, and visitors with their city in a unique way, while enliveing downtown’s streetscapes.
Urban Art Intersections is a partnership between the DDP, DVAC, and K12 with support from the Ohio Arts Council.