Hodgenville Issues Call to Artists for Lincoln Sculpture
(Frankfort, KY) --The City of Hodgenville, Kentucky, birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, announces a Call for Artists to commission a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. The dedication of this piece will be a signature event held during the two-year national observance (2008-2010).
Artists are invited to make a proposal to create a life-sized sculpture of the boy Lincoln, which will be located approximately ninety (90) feet in front of the existing bronze seated Lincoln sculpture in a circular park area in the town square. This area will include landscaping, sidewalks, benches and informational plaques. Born February 12, 1809 near Hodgenville, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln spent the first 7 years and 10 months (the formative years) of his life in this area. Though the Lincoln family moved out of Kentucky in December 1816, Lincoln held deep ties to his home state and felt Kentucky a lasting influence on him throughout his life.
This sculpture will sit in a newly redesigned town square that currently includes a seated bronze sculpture of the adult President Lincoln by Adolph A. Weinmann that was commissioned by Congress in 1909 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the President’s birth. The budget for this commission is $165,000.
A brochure and Call for Artists/Request for Proposal (RFP) about the commission are available at the City of Hodgenville’s designated website www.lincolnbirthplace.com. For a printed copy, contact Mr. Heath Seymour at 270-766-7404 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for proposals is February 12, 2007.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission through the Kentucky Arts Council, which has worked in an advisory capacity with the city of Hodgenville and the Lincoln Sculpture Committee in developing the guidelines, criteria and request for proposal for the public art commission.
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The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet. Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council invests in programs that develop vibrant communities, provide lifelong education in the arts and support arts participation. Every $1 in grant funds awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council helps grantees secure $15 in earned income and matching funds from individuals, philanthropic sources and other levels of government.