Public Art

Who is Kesha? The Jacksonville Public Library and the Black Female Experience

#whoiskesha, Jax Makerspace, Jacksonville Public Library, photos by Hurley Winkler

When she first conceived the idea for the Kesha exhibit, Arts and Culture Developer, Shawana Brooks recalls asking herself, “What would it take to showcase artists that lived here in Jacksonville and resource their abilities back to the community? What would it take to execute creative and collaborative art exhibitions that had a strong position on learning in all dimensions?” Through her curation of 14 black female artists, Brooks developed Kesha as a representation of the black female experience attached to one female name. She strives to explore society’s consistent erasure of the black female through “high quality contemporary work …

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Exacting Nature at the Jacksonville International Airport

Jacksonville International Airport, JAI, 1st Quarter 2017 Show - Cindy Wilson - Batik

You checked your luggage and printed the boarding passes. The liquids in your purse are less than three fluid ounces, and your carry-on is the perfect size for the overhead bin. To top it all off, you even wore your TSA-approved socks, the ones covered in a pizza pattern that make the officer with the scanning wand smile every time. But any knowledgeable traveler should add one more thing to this list—leave time to enjoy the abundance of art on display at the . For over 20 years, the has provided travelers with rotating art exhibitions throughout the airport. The …

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ART REPUBLIC: The Creative Intervention invading Jacksonville’s Urban Core

Art Republic, Jacksonville, Florida, Downtown Art District, Jessica Santiago, Art (Re)Public, Downtown Jacksonville

THE WALLS Guest artists will begin to invade Jacksonville November 1 and 2, and begin to execute their mural designs in real-time. Walls featuring the Downtown Art District murals will include: FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Concierges will ensure a welcoming experience for all participating artists, including a Private Artist Lounge, city excursions to introduce each of them to Jacksonville, and a slew of events: DOWNTOWN ART DISTRICT From Jacksonville’s genesis as an early 20th century cultural destination for film and music, there is a move afoot to enhance and designate the as a nationally recognized Art District by visionary , founder of the non-profit …

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A Visit to Mixon Studios

likes to bring together disparate and incongruous objects and see what beautiful accidents emerge. In his studio, you’ll find bronze breasts, a scale model of the Sears Tower, chicken wire, and old glass. He loves to pick his way through scrapyards. Edelson’s latest artwork may be his biggest yet. It juxtaposes a former industrial detergent plant, the infamously polluted , and fine art. He calls it . Mixon Studios takes its name from Mixon Town, which Google Maps calls this Industrial Gothic district north of and I-10, though the City of Jacksonville collectively calls several neighborhoods including Mixon Town, Honeymoon, …

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Hooking Us All Together: MOCA’s ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MARY RATCLIFF

I go looking for ’s studio space during an evening soiree at the . The smiling girl at the front check-in points me to the elevator in the back, so I dart around waitstaff offering trays of appetizers, devoured daintly by freshly-shaved gentlemen in sport coats, and ladies in reflective jewelry and pointy shoes. Away from the crowd, on the 5th floor, I find Mary, a tiny woman in jeans and a t-shirt with a vaguely Indian-inspired print. She’s crocheting a navy yarn chain, sitting comfortably in a papasan piled with pillows. I’ve come to talk with her about her …

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Murray Hill Celebrates 100 Years and Revitalizes the Neighborhood with Public Art

New Mural in Murray Hill, Business(es): Grater Goods (1080 Edgewood Avenue South, Jacksonville, FL 32205) Artist(s): Britt Spencer (Savannah, GA)

Post courtesy of our friends at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville: The neighborhood of is located south of Lackawanna and west of and . It is bordered by Interstate 10, Cassat Avenue, Park Street, and Roosevelt Boulevard. Murray Hill was originally platted in 1906 as Murray Hill Heights suburb.  In 1916 the town of Murray Hill was incorporated with a Mayor, Town Clerk, and Council Member. Murray Hill Avenue was the main commercial corridor in Murray Hill.  The north/south running street, now modern day Edgewood Avenue, was designed as a landscaped boulevard and modeled after Springfield’s Main Street.  Fast forward to modern day Murray …

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The Ritz: Art Through Senses

The Ritz Theatre and Museum’s current feature exhibition, Through Our Eyes: Sensory Perception 2016, not only focuses on sight, but all sensory perception, in a collection of works from local African-American artists. As people walk in, they are taken through pieces of art that embody sensory perception in some form. Curator Lydia Stuart discussed the exhibition with me. “The inspiration behind this year’s exhibition was a result of a couple of things. One inspiration came from a couple of volunteers that were visually impaired taking visitors through the gallery and talking about the artwork. It showed me that we rely …

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Preston Haskell Donates “Opposing Forces” to Hemming Park

has generously donated “Opposing Forces,” a 15-foot-tall painted steel sculpture by , to Hemming Park. The outdoor sculpture was previously located at the corner of Laura St. & Forsyth St. as part of project. “I bought the piece from Sculpture Walk and have been waiting until Hemming Park was ready to receive it,” said Preston Haskell. “This will be its new, permanent home.” “Opposing Forces” is from a sculpture series by Hanna Jubran that deals with the concept of gravity and the four elements – Earth, Water, Fire and Wind – in our universe on both the micro leval and …

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Spark the Arts: Jax Kids’ Mural Festival

BY NICOLE HOLDERBAUM The longer I live here, the more I fall in love with Jacksonville. I have been pursuing my career as an artist here for about 3 years now and I have found nothing but support and love from my community. Naturally, I wanted to be a part of anything that would further my career and, above all else, benefit the community. When I found out about the , I knew I had to be a part of it. I became a One Spark creator in 2015, and although I was unsuccessful in winning, it lead to many …

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Blue Trees in Jacksonville

International Artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos, Paints Trees Blue in Hemming Park This past Saturday, Jan 16, Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. invited North Florida families to meet internationally-respected artist Konstantin Dimopoulos in to help launch his project THE BLUE TREES in . Photo by Fran Ruchalski Jamie Can (from left), Peter Valaer, Soo Lim and Donna Blackwell work on painting one of the trees. Photo by Fran Ruchalski Jamie Can (from left), Soo Lim and Donna Blackwell work on transforming one of the trees to a different shade of blue. Photo by Fran Ruchalski Julian Homan, one of the many volunteers from Deutche Bank, …

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