Saturday’s reception to open sculpture & artists exhibit

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission (PAC) will host a special reception this Saturday, July 27, to formally open the 2019 Wake Forest Temporary Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit. Open to the public, the gathering will take place from 9 a.m.-noon inside the Arts Annex at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The reception will have an informal, open house-style format, so residents may drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and noon. A program featuring remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones will begin at 10 a.m. PAC members and several featured artists will be on hand throughout the morning to answer questions and share information about the selected works of art. Light refreshments will be provided.

Free, illustrated maps highlighting the locations of the works on view for each exhibit will be available during the reception. Area residents who are unable to attend the reception but wish to take the self-guided tour may also pick up a brochure at the Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Members of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists and artists residing in Wake Forest were invited to submit one piece of original art to the Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Contest. An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown, along with professional artists who do not reside within Wake Forest selected the following four works (the display location for each work is shown in parenthesis): 

  • Autumn Waterfall by Dr. Jane D. Steelman (Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.)

  • Moonlight Sonata by Aline Long (Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.)

  • Calvin Jones Museum by Linda Hauser (Public Facilities Building, 301 S. Brooks St.)

  • If Mother Nature Could Dance by Maureen Seltzer (Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.)

  • Orange Reflections in the Water by Clina Polloni (Taylor Street Park Sprayground, 416 N. Taylor St.)

Each of the selected art works will be scanned into an electronic image and reproduced in brick vinyl which will be applied to the facade of the designated Wake Forest buildings. A plaque with information about the artist will be located near the art panel. Each artist will receive a $100 stipend and their artwork will remain on display for one year. To view the works of art in the Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “spotlight.”

The Wake Forest Temporary Sculpture Exhibit features six three-dimensional sculptural works of art by a variety of artists in publicly-accessible outdoor spaces throughout Wake Forest, including the Wake Forest Town Hall campus, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, Miller Park, Smith Creek Soccer Center and the Depot Parking Lot.

Experienced artists and artist teams across North Carolina and beyond were invited to apply. An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the PAC and Wake Forest Downtown selected the following works for the show (the display location for each sculpture is shown in parenthesis):

  • Sun & Earth Feather by Kirk Seese (Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road)

  • Moon & Sky Feather by Kirk Seese (Corner of Elm Avenue and South Taylor Street)

  • Low Poly Open Heart, REDE by Matthew Duffy (Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.)

  • Low Poly Open Heart, BADE by Matthew Duffy (Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.)

  • Orpheus by Charles Pilkey (Miller Park, 401 Elm Ave.)

  • Terrestrial Horizon by Chris Plaisted (Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.)

Selections were based on artistic excellence and the goal of exhibiting a variety of styles and media in appropriate sites. Each artist will receive a $2,000 stipend. To view the sculptures in the outdoor exhibit, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “sculpture.”

For more information about the exhibits and opening reception, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.