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Urban Art Project Provides Public Venue for Artists

Friday October 6, 2006

Public Space to Become a Working Canvas

Urban artists will now have a public venue for their artful expressions. Starting Friday, October 6, artists will be able to draw and paint on 5,500 square feet of space opened to them.

The Experimental Urban Art Project, the brainchild of the Mayor’s Committee on Public Art (MCOPA) and inspired by local artist Jeral Tidwell, will have its home on the walls of the underpass of Interstate 65 on East Market Street, between Hancock and Jackson Streets. Other partners on this project include artist Sean Griffin, and East Market Business Association, Brightside and the Downtown Development Corp.

"The urban art project will provide a forum for artists to congregate and freely create art that the public can enjoy on an ongoing basis," said Susan Rademacher, administrator of the Mayor’s Committee on Public Art (MCOPA). "Louisville is a culturally and artistically diverse city, and this project will showcase that richness."

Louisville will join the ranks of many European and a few American cities that provide a venue for an urban art form. Seattle, New York City, Minneapolis, San Diego, and Philadelphia have similar programs.

Between October 2006 and October 2007, artists can come to the wall any time of day with their own materials and create their art at no charge. Rules will be posted and artists are expected to self-police. Any work on the wall can be covered by another’s work.

Rules include painting within the designated area; keeping the sidewalk free of paint and passable at all times; no advertisements; and no inappropriate work. Inappropriate work will be covered. Artists Tidwell and Griffin have agreed to monitor the wall, visiting periodically to make sure that all work is appropriate.

After October 2007, the project will be evaluated, with artists’ and public’s input, determining whether the project is extended in time or opened up to a new location.

To learn more about the project and view images of the project and artists in action, visit, keyword: urban art.


Committee members include:

Tyler Allen, Chairman
Suzanne Adams
John P. Begley
K. Norman Berry
Jep Bright
William Patrick Donley Jr.
Albertus John Gorman
Marlene Grissom
Ed Hamilton
Jay Jordan
William Morrow
Tim Mulloy
Chris Radtke
Steve Reeves
Julien Robson
Ken von Roenn
Kathy Scherer
S. Russell Smith Jr.
Anna Tatman
Jeral Tidwell
Jo Anne Triplett
Elizabeth Ann Tyrrell