Augusta Canal Seeking Artists for Public Project
The Augusta Canal is trying to bring the best out of local artists inspired by one of Augusta’s most historic areas.
Artists interested in creating works inspired by the history and environment of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area can now apply for a public art project commission. They have until Aug. 13 to do so.
The Augusta Canal Authority issued a request for qualifications for the project, which offers $14,000 for the selected artist or artist’s team.
“The city’s new public art plan cited the canal as a prime location for an art walk, art installations and presentations,” said Rebecca Rogers, the canal’s director of marketing and lead staff for the art project. “We hope this will be the beginning of a series of public art activities along the canal.”
The Canal Authority has suggested a couple of locations for installations, namely the canal’s Mill Village or Lake Olmstead trailheads, or along one of the canal trails. The work can have permanent, semi-permanent or temporary elements and will be unveiled next April in observance of National Parks Week.
The project is funded by a grant from the Porter Fleming Foundation and the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area through program funds of the National Park Service.
Preference will be given to regional artists throughout the Southeast or those with strong connections to the Augusta area, including former students, former residents and artists with family connections in Augusta. Following a review of qualifications, four finalists will be chosen to develop detailed proposals. First round applications are due by 2 p.m. on Aug. 13.