Anyone driving along Stadium Boulevard can’t help but to gaze up at the Big House in appreciation – it’s only natural. But soon there will be another attraction competing with the stadium for pedestrian attention.
The Ann Arbor Art Center is calling for proposals by artists or artist-led teams for a permanent art installation along the south side of East Stadium Boulevard. The project is part of the ongoing Stadium Boulevard Reconstruction Project.
"The Art Center is excited to be managing the selection of art for this project. We have been working with City of Ann Arbor staff and with our advisory committee to design a process that inspires artists and attracts delightful installation proposals," said Marie Klopf, Ann Arbor Art Center president and CEO, in a statement. "In particular, the high visibility of the installation site provides a wonderful opportunity for our community to make a statement about Ann Arbor to the world through the arts and creative expression."
Proposals must be site-specific, and include design and installation details. There’s no shortage of space for artists to play around with either – the space includes retaining walls and plenty of sidewalk and open green space.
A public committee with review proposals, followed by a public vote on semi-finalists, and then final approval by City Council. Special consideration will be given to proposals that celebrate the history or identity of Ann Arbor, although those conditions are not a requirement to submit. For complete entry details, check here.
So, artists of Ann Arbor, what will it be? A mural depicting U-M football’s glorious history? An ode to the Ann Arbor Art Fair, or something more abstract? It’s entirely up to you!
Deadline for submissions: August 31.