Arts and Culture Board seeks grant proposals for projects, events

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is seeking grant proposals for art, music, theater, dance, and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between April and September 2020. The call for grant proposals opens Dec. 1.

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. Organizations that received grant funding in the previous grant cycle are not eligible to apply. Grants awarded last year averaged $1,000 apiece.

Proposals should include:

  • Contact information for someone who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal
  • Purpose and description of the event or project
  • Amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources
  • Date, location, admission charge, and anticipated attendance
  • Size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants

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

  • Free admission
  • Outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • A cultural tourism or economic impact

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

Grant proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions in January.

To submit a grant proposal and get more information about the grant program and requirements, visit arts.georgetown.org. If you have questions, contact Amanda Still at (512) 930-8471 or amanda.still@georgetown.org.

2019-20 Sculpture Tour awards announced

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board has awarded Marble Falls sculptor Dan Pogue the first prize award in the 2019-20 Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the vibrant 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 Sixth 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’s Eighth Street entrance.

The other sculptures accepted into the tour include:

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 board selected these 11 sculptures 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 2018-19 Sculpture Tour and will remain into the 2019-20 tour due to popularity.  All sculptures will remain on exhibit through October.

For more information, including a map of the sculpture tour and images of the sculptures, visit arts.georgetown.org/art/sculpture-tour.

Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon: Grants 101 on Sept. 24

The City will host its first Arts and Culture Brown Bag Luncheon on Sept. 24 featuring a panel discussion titled Grants 101 with Jim Bob McMillan, deputy director of grants for the Texas Commission on the Arts and Jill Strube, secretary of the City of Smithville’s Richard D. Latham Cultural District.

McMillan’s experience with the TCA has given him expertise in the areas of economic development, local arts agencies, and the TCA Cultural Districts. Strube has experience in writing grants across sectors including the arts, library programming, parks and recreation, and municipal and emergency services.

The meeting begins at noon in the Hewlett Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. There will be time after the discussion to share and learn about arts and culture programs happening in the Georgetown Community.

This quarterly professional development presentation is sponsored by the Georgetown Arts and Culture program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to arts@georgetown.org.

Award winners announced in Texas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show

Harry Angel is a sculptor who creates graceful carved and polished wooden sculptures, often from mesquite wood, working around all the wood’s cracks and imperfections. He has exhibited work in the Texas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show previously, but this year he took the First place. The news was announced at an awards reception held at the Georgetown Public Library July 21.

This year’s exhibit award recipients are:

  • First place: Harry Angel for “#183 Lady #3”
  • Second place: Bob Coffee for “Arm Wrestlers”
  • Third place: Matt Donner for “Hard Rain Is Going to Fall”
  • Honorable mention: Cass Hook for “Cosmic Interlude”
  • Honorable mention: Kalena Powell for “How the Light Gets in: Self Portrait”
  • Honorable mention: Bob Ragan for “Night at the Opera”
  • People’s choice: Ken Law for “Shumla” (pictured)
  • Librarians’ choice: John Mark Luke for “Spirit Takes Flight”

Each award is accompanied by a cash prize. The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board provided a total of $2,200 to fund the awards.

The juror for this year’s awards was Nick Ramos, an award-winning graphic artist and curator based in Georgetown. Over the years, Ramos has curated exhibits at the Georgetown Art Center, and has created and organized projects including “Build Hope Not Walls” and “Picture Circus.” He is currently working on projects including “The Mailbox Project” and “Portraits of America,” a traveling exhibit.

Ramos says, “Sculpture has a special place in my heart, as it reminds me of my father’s work in iron and clay. I always admired the shapes and forms that he created. Not many know, but I actually proposed to my partner with a sculpture that my father created, because that meant more to me than a ring. Over the years, I always visited and wandered through the TSOS exhibit, admiring the amazing work. It gives me great honor to be invited to judge this year’s competition.”

For 12 years, the Georgetown Public Library has hosted the Texas Society of Sculptors’ annual summer show. The competitive, juried exhibit is a popular tradition in Georgetown that includes sculptures throughout the building on both the first and second floors. Participating sculptors work in wood, glass, bronze, ceramics, and more. Most pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.

This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 23, and lasts through Saturday, Sept. 20. An exhibit catalog is available for those who would like to walk through the exhibit and see all 72 pieces.

The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this year’s sculptors demonstrating their techniques and processes in clay, bronze, wood, stone and glass. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information about this year’s exhibit and events, contact Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or TSOS Exhibit Coordinator Linda Wilde at lzorawilde@gmail.com.

Public invited to cast ballots for People’s Choice Award in library sculpture exhibit

For twelve years, the Georgetown Public Library has hosted the Texas Society of Sculptors’ annual summer show. The competitive, juried exhibit is a popular tradition in Georgetown that includes sculptures throughout the building on both the first and second floors. Participating sculptors work in wood, glass, bronze, ceramics, and more. Most pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.

This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 23, and lasts through Saturday, Sept. 20. This year’s show includes a People’ Choice Award decided by library visitors, who cast votes for their favorite three pieces out of the 72 pieces in the show. To cast a vote, pick up a ballot in the library’s lobby and place it in the ballot box no later than 8 p.m. on July 16. The sculptor of the piece with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award and a cash prize at a reception in the library on Sunday, July 21, at 1 p.m.

Other prizes include the Librarians’ Choice decided by library staff, along with additional prizes for select categories.

The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this year’s sculptors demonstrating their techniques and processes in clay, bronze, wood, stone, and glass. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information about this year’s exhibit and events, contact Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or TSOS Exhibit Coordinator Linda Wilde at lzorawilde@gmail.com.

Arts and Culture Board seeks grant proposals for projects, events

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is seeking grant proposals for art, music, theater, dance, and cultural heritage events or projects to take place in Georgetown between October 2019 and 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, with the exception of those who received grants last year. Grants awarded last year averaged $1,400 apiece.

Proposals should include:

  • Contact information for someone who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal
  • Purpose and description of the event or project
  • Amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources
  • Date, location, admission charge, and anticipated attendance
  • Size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants

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

  • Free admission
  • Outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • A cultural tourism or economic impact

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

Grant proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. Organizations will be notified by email about funding decisions in July.

To submit a grant proposal, visit arts.georgetown.org. If you have questions, contact Amanda Still at (512) 930-8471 or amanda.still@georgetown.org.

City seeks applications for 2019-20 Sculpture Tour

The City of Georgetown is seeking entries for the 2019-20 Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the busy Georgetown Cultural District. Applications will be accepted from 12:01 a.m. on June 1- 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1.

Each sculptor may submit up to three sculptures for consideration. Fifteen sculptures will be selected by the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board to be featured in the tour, which includes outdoor exhibits around the Square and at the Georgetown Public Library.

Sculptures will be installed in November and will be on display until October 2020. All sculptors with works selected to be in the tour will be awarded a cash prize, including $1,500 for first place, $750 for second, and $500 for honorable mention.

For more information, visit arts.georgetown.org/ call-for-entries-2019-2020-city-of-georgetown-sculpture-tour.

Arts and Culture Board seeks artist proposals

The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board has issued a call for artist proposals for the new City Hall and Council and Court buildings, located at MLK Jr. and Ninth streets. 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 vision for the spaces.

Areas selected for artwork include the City Hall rotunda, the area above the Municipal Court transaction window, and the Council and Court Building lobby wall.

The call for art includes a $3,000-$5,000 for each award. Proposals are due by midnight September 30. Artists may submit up to two proposals per area. A separate proposal must be submitted for each area.

The artist will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and notified by Oct. 19.

For more information about the project, including submittal requirements, go to arts.georgetown.org.

First Friday mural celebration

The City of Georgetown will celebrate two murals during the First Friday event in July. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on July 6. Light refreshments will be provided at both murals, and both artists will be on hand to discuss their work until 8 p.m.

The first mural is entitled “Discover Georgetown All Over Again”, located on the east wall of Grape Creek, 101 W. Seventh St. This mural was designed by Sarah Blankenship and completed in 2006 with help from local artists. It depicts icons of Georgetown’s past, including the 1912 Southwestern University homecoming, an 1898 parade on Main Street, and Georgetown’s namesake George Washington Glasscock.

City staff will be on hand to take pictures and capture interviews with people who want to share their memories of the mural. The City must replace the entirety of the plaster on the wall due to the extensive failure of the existing stucco. The mural will be removed beginning the week of July 9. Once the work is complete, the City will host a call for art to install a new mural.

The second mural, entitled “Honoring the Past and Innovating the Future” is the work of artist Mila Sketch. Work is underway on the new mural, located on the west wall of Boomtown Escapes, 215 W. Eighth St. The design was selected by the City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board this spring. It depicts six existing buildings including the Georgetown Palace Theater, the M.B. Lockett building, and Southwestern University’s Cullen Building, as well as imagined futuristic buildings and infrastructure.

To learn more about public art in Georgetown, please visit arts.georgetown.org.

Arts and Culture Board seeks mural proposals

The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board has issued a call for artist proposals for a 21-by-15-foot mural to be located on the building at 215 W. Eighth St. The mural will be on the side of the building that faces Rock Street.

The goal of the mural is to provide public art that represents the City’s vision of “honoring the past and innovating the future.”

The call for art includes a $3,000 award for the artist and up to $1,500 in material reimbursements. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on April 6. Artists may submit up to two proposals.

The artist will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and the building owner.

For more information about the project, including submittal requirements, go to arts.georgetown.org/call-to-artists-mural-project.