March 18, 2020 — The Florence Public Art Committee (PAC) has settled on the finalists for the next stage in the ongoing “Art Exposed” rotating outdoor gallery series.
The Art Exposed Gallery is an effort by the City of Florence to place art pieces in different locations around town in order to draw interest and attention to both the public art and to Florence.
The first series of pieces was installed two years ago. Now, PAC is switching out those pieces, some of which were bought.
For the second series, PAC wants to make sure the public is fully informed about and has the opportunity to respond to the pieces that will be on exhibit for the next two-year cycle of the program.
According to Florence Project Manager Megan Messmer, there are 11 finalists for the five locations of Art Exposed.
“The finalists represent artists from the Florence area, as well as from across the State of Oregon, Pacific Northwest region and internationally,” Messmer said.
Art Exposed also features a commercial element as 30 percent of the proceeds from art sales goes back to the city.
“The pieces, while on display, are for sale to locals as well as the estimated 750,000 people that visit Florence annually,” Messmer added.
In addition, chosen artists receive a stipend of $1,000.
“Art Exposed has been one of the most successful programs of the of the City of Florence’s Public Art Committee, providing members of the local arts community an opportunity to display their work, as well as international artists,” Messmer said.
PAC Chairperson Harlen Springer said he is looking forward to the public’s input on the PAC selections as the process moves forward.
“We are very excited by the finalists for the 2020-22 program. After local outreach and a call to artists, the art committee received 16 submissions,” Springer said. “This speaks to the positive reputation that the program has already achieved.”
With artists from as far away as Canada, the committee was especially pleased with the results of its call to artists.
“We were impressed by the variety, quality and originality of the artwork submitted,” Springer said. “The artwork is in a variety of sizes, shapes and mediums and expresses outstanding creativity and originality.”
Both Messmer and Springer encouraged the public to look at the city website, www.ci.florence.or.us/bc-pac/art-exposed-program-finalists, to view the finalists and to consider sharing their observations with the PAC using the electronic comment option available online.
A previously scheduled public meeting for March 23 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations. More information on an updated timeline for the Art Exposed project will be released in the coming weeks.
To submit public comment about the finalists or ask questions, contact Sarah Moehrke, Community and Economic Development Assistant at [email protected].