The City of Cape Girardeau Public Art Committee will launch the 5th public outdoor sculpture exhibition on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The location of the exhibition will be along the Broadway Corridor, a nine-block span in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This area is home to locally owned businesses that bring flavor and matchless experiences. Places such as the city hall, the federal courthouse, Southeast Missouri State University, the Marquette Tech District and Media Row are also found in Cape Girardeau’s downtown.
Glenn Williams, Area Head of the Sculpture Department at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee led the jurying process of the 2018 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit with input from the Public Art Committee; a group that consists of representatives from the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Old Town Cape, City of Cape Girardeau, and Chris Wubbena, professor of Sculpture at Southeast Missouri State University.
By hosting the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Broadway, the Committee hopes to achieve two primary goals: increase the number of arts-related activities within the region and provide an additional revitalization strategy for Downtown Cape Girardeau.
Andrew Arvanetes (DeKalb, IL) – “When A Man’s An Empty Kettle”
Mike Baur (Chicago, IL) – “Cliff”
Carl Billingsley (Ayden, NC) – “Red Balance”
Richard Herzog (Athens, GA) – “Tree Colony”
Alex Mendez (Decatur, IN) – “Twisted Melody”
Ben Pierce (Cape Girardeau, MO) – “UNsure”
|Glenn Williams is this year’s juror and is a native of St. Louis, MO. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in Sculpture. After completing his degree, he was invited to join the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Northwest Missouri State University where he served as the Sculpture Area Head from 2003-2017. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Art and head of the Sculpture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.|
|In my work I explore various social constructs. I deconstruct, reconstruct and sometimes simply reflect various accepted mores in an effort to expose and on occasion question their impact on varying social realities. I am interested in how these constructs shape our understanding of the world around us as well as influence our human interactions on a social, political, and environmental level. I am also intrigued by how slight interruptions or uncalculated variables in these perceived societal rules can cause us to take pause and pay closer attention to, or in some instances reassess, our accepted value systems.
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First and foremost, I want to thank all the artists who submitted works for consideration for the 2018 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. It was refreshing seeing the diversity of practices occurring in contemporary outdoor sculpture. In selecting works for this year’s exhibition I was looking to include artists whose works not only exhibited a technical proficiency and a profound understanding of their materials, but also provide the audience with an unfiltered view into their visual language. It has truly been my pleasure to select the works, from such a talented group of artist, to be on display for the 2018 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.
|Promotional Design & Photography||The Wright Group|
|City of Cape Girardeau
The National Endowment for the Arts
Old Town Cape, Inc.
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
|Special Thanks To||City of Cape Girardeau- REC Crew
First Presbyterian Church
Southeast Missouri State University