Farmington Hills opens public art program to new entries

Artists across the region have a new opportunity to show their art at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Artwork in all media will be considered for the 2017-18 Biannual Public Art Program. Applications are due by November 20, 2016; applicants do not have to be residents of Farmington Hills.

Farmington Hills Public Art Program
Artworks line the walls of Farmington Hills City Hall. (contributed photo)

Created in 2010 to enhance the newly renovated Farmington Hills City Hall, the exhibit has included thought-provoking and enjoyable artworks in glass, painting, pottery, wood, fiber, photography, indoor and outdoor sculpture, mixed media, and more.

In addition to the two-year program, a portion of the City Hall Public Art Program space has been designated for shorter six to eight-week exhibits, giving artists additional opportunities to display and sell their work, and providing more exposure with local art collectors and businesses.

“The Rotating Exhibits Gallery, created during the 2015-16 cycle, was a great success and very well received by artists and the public,” Cultural Arts Supervisor Rachel Timlin said in a press release.

Priority for the Rotating Exhibits Gallery will be given to artists accepted into the 2017-18 Public Art Program.

The 2017-18 application process has been revamped, making it easier to apply, according to Cultural Arts Programmer Staci Hayman.

“The new online application provides artists with an easier submission process to enter their work for consideration,” she said. “It also allows us to have images of the artist’s work at our fingertips to enhance the promotional and marketing opportunities for our accepted artists.”

For more information, write to Hayman, shayman@fhgov.com or call 248-473-1870. Applications can also be found at http://conta.cc/2aOvua2.

Chosen works will be presented to the public at a reception on January 9, 2017, prior to a Farmington Hills City Council meeting. Artwork will also be featured in news releases, on the City website, and in a printed artist guide. Art will remain on exhibit for approximately two years. Special arrangements to substitute other artwork during this period may be allowed upon the sale of a piece.

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