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City of Tyler launches public art program

TYLER, May 23, 2013--The City of Tyler Main Street Department is launching its new Outdoor Public Art on Loan (OPAL) project.

The project will result in the exhibit of six large works of sculpture throughout the downtown area. The Main Street Department, in cooperation with the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition (DTAC) and Heart of Tyler, Inc., has issued a request for proposals to sculptors throughout the region.

Exhibit sites were chosen by a DTAC volunteer committee comprised of sculptors, architects, landscape architects and others. A jury will select the six pieces that will go on display. Pieces will be installed in September, 2013, and remain in place until July 2014.

Each artist whose work is selected will receive a $1,000 stipend and be honored at an opening reception on Oct. 4 at Gallery Main Street. Each piece of art will have a QR code, which will be linked to a webpage devoted to the artist’s work.

Funding for this initial portion of the program comes from a Retail Merchants of Tyler grant.

“We hope that we can gain enough additional grants and financial support for the program that we can award a purchase prize to one artist whose work then can be made part of a permanent public art display in our downtown area,” said Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell.

Digital submissions are due to Gallery Main Street, which is managed by the Main Street Department and DTAC, by Aug. 2, 2013. Artists will be notified of selections by Aug. 13. Plans have been made to have artwork in place by Sept. 20. The Oct. 4, reception at Gallery Main Street will serve as the official opening of the project.

Full information on rules, submission guidelines and deadlines is available at www.downtowntylerarts.com. Only digital submissions will be accepted.

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