Sculptures for Transportation Cabinet Office Building to Be Dedicated
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The artists Garry Bibbs, Erika Strecker and Tony Higdon will join Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Lori Meadows and officials from the Transportation, Commerce and Finance & Administration Cabinets to dedicate the sculptures “Now Get” and “Nexus” in front of the Transportation Cabinet Office Building at 200 Mero Street, Frankfort, Ky. The dedication ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Friday, May 11, 2007 at the sculpture sites, followed by a reception for the artists at 11:00 a.m.
The Kentucky Arts Council will present a panel discussion, “Public Art in Public Places: A New Frankfort Streetscape” at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street. The panel of artists and administrators involved in the project will share their experiences in the process of commissioning and creating the public art pieces “Now Get” and “Nexus” for Frankfort’s public space.
“Now Get,” a 25’ x 14’ x 6’ fabricated stainless steel arch sculpture at the intersection of St. Claire and Mero Streets, was created by Garry Bibbs and installed on August 2, 2006. Bibbs is Associate Professor for sculpture and printmaking at the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts, the Head of Sculpture Area in Art Studio and Director of Graduate Studies in Art Studio. Prior public art commissions include those for the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, University of Kentucky Allied Health Professions and Sciences, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.
“Nexus,” a 40’ x 20’ fabricated stainless steel sculpture at the intersection of Holmes, High and Mero Streets was created by Erica Strecker and Tony Higdon and installed on December 6, 2006. Strecker and Higdon are metalsmiths, blacksmiths and sculptors who have metalsmithing facilities in Lexington, Ky. and jointly own the Higdon-Strecker Gallery, also in Lexington. Strecker has an established studio in Lexington and primarily does private commissions, though she also sells her work through galleries. Higdon is co-owner of Iron Horse Forge, LLC, a fabricating studio for fine furnishings and architectural details for commercial and residential applications. Commissions include the Zen bench project for the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Shield Environmental logo sculptures, Edwardsville Nature Preserve bronze relief and outdoor sculptures for Gray Construction and the University of Kentucky.
NOTE TO EDITORS: For high resolution, print quality photos, go to:
http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Press_Images/Nexus_day.jpg for “Nexus”
and http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Press_Images/NowGet4x6.jpg for “Now Get”
Nexus Photo: © Lee Thomas Photography
Now Get Photo: Courtesy of Kentucky Arts Council
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The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians through the arts. 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. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.