Published: Nov 13, 2012 04:32 PM
Modified: Nov 13, 2012 04:32 PM
The Town of Chapel Hill wants to fill some storefront windows downtown with original artwork, and is asking local artists for help.
The town’s Public and Cultural Arts Office and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership are collaborating on “Windows on Chapel Hill” and asking artists to develop “eye-catching pop-up art installations in downtown storefronts.
At the moment, four locations are available to serve as blank canvases for selected artists: the vacant former Yates Motor Company, Franklin Hotel and Vimalya’s Curryblossom Cafe on West Franklin Street, and a glass case at Walgreen’s on East Franklin Street.
Windows on Chapel Hill began last spring with artwork in the front windows of the Yates building and now include pieces there and at the Franklin, as well as at the Street Scene Teen Center on East Franklin Street.
The idea is to create interest and attention to underused spaces downtown, to promote area artists by giving the a new outlet for their work, and to further establish downtown Chapel Hill as a dynamic arts destination.
Area artists age 18 or up from Orange, Durham, Chatham, Alamanace or Wake counties, with ties to Chapel Hill or Carrboro, are eligible.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Installations must be in place by March 1, 2013, the project’s opening day, and may remain up for up to 12 weeks.
Each selected artist or team will receive a $500 stipend to implement their installation, which can include a performance art element to be performed on the project’s opening day.
Artists are invited to submit proposals, and a committee will select the finalists.
Information and application materials are at downtownchapelhill.com/windows
. Questions can be directed to Downtown Partnership Executive Director Meg McGurk at email@example.com
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