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2011 Juror Lorelei Stewart

Art in Public Places Announces 2011 Outdoor Sculpture Competition

May 10, 2011

Bristol, VA / TN — Art in Public Places is now accepting submissions from sculptors for its sixth annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Up to ten works will be selected for a one-year exhibition in downtown Bristol, TN/VA. A $1000 stipend will be awarded to each of the artists chosen. The deadline for entries to be postmarked is Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Artists who wish to enter may visit the Art in Public Places website at aippbristol.org/competition to obtain submission instructions, or contact Art in Public Places by email at submissions@aippbristol.org.

The juror selected to judge the 2011 competition is Lorelei Stewart, Director of Gallery 400, part of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her ten-year tenure at Gallery 400, Stewart has curated numerous group exhibitions and organized over 30 individual artists projects, including new commissions for a wide variety of Chicago artists and large-scale one-person exhibitions for national artists. Stewart is currently the interim director and a faculty member of the Museum Studies graduate program at UIC. She has previous experience at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; inSITE2000 San Diego/Tijuana; and New Langton Arts, San Francisco.

Art in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. Art in Public Places install art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. Artist submissions are solicited from throughout the nation, and entries are judged by an expert juror, who is selected by the Art in Public Places Board.

The Art in Public Places project began in 2006 with the installation of six sculptures in the downtown area. The public response to the original exhibit was immediate and lively, drawing interest and debate from numerous sections of the community, including art students from Vance Middle School and St. Anne's School. The project has continued to build on its initial success, bringing new sculptures to downtown Bristol each year.

The Art in Public Places project is funded by donations from area businesses and individuals.

To learn more about Art in Public Places, visit the Art in Public Places website at aippbristol.org.