By Maria Saporta
The Atlanta BeltLine has selected dozens of artists and innovative works to be part of its fall season of public art — 70 innovative works of performance and visual art.
The annual, two-month-long exhibition has become is not only the largest temporary public art project in the city; it also is one of the most popular attractions of people who enjoy traveling the BeltLine.
According to a press release, the art installations will cover nine miles of paved and interim hiking trails of the 22-mile loop of historic and mostly abandoned rail around the heart of the city.
The exhibit will feature new and returning artists as well as established and emerging arts. They will stage vibrant installations and performances, inviting the public out to explore this emerging system of parks, trails, transit, and development in the southwest, southeast, and northeast sections of Atlanta.
There were 181 proposals submitted with 74 visual and performance pieces selected to become part of the exhibit, more than a 40 percent increase over 2010 when the project began. Artistic mediums include sculpture, murals, dance, theater, outdoor concerts, parades, performance art, and more.
“Public art is a fundamental component to the Atlanta BeltLine project,” said Brian Leary, president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, in a statement. “We know that this will be the biggest and best exhibition yet and are especially excited to see ‘Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’ continue to highlight the ever-developing Atlanta BeltLine corridor.”
Camille Russell Love, director of the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, said the city is proud to support the exhibit for the third year in a row.
“In the previous two years, we have seen the positive impact this temporary art exhibition has on the selected artists and on the Atlanta residents who interact with art along the Atlanta BeltLine parks and trails,” Love said.
The presenting sponsor of the 2012 “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine: is U.S. Micro, a leader in the disposition of information technology assets for companies and government agencies.
From September through November, visual installations and performances will be concentrated in the following areas along the Atlanta BeltLine:
· West side – From Gordon White Park north to Washington Park
· West side – From Allene Avenue to Lee Street
· Northeast side – From Montgomery Ferry Drive (behind Ansley Mall) south to Irwin Street / Lake Avenue
· Southeast side – From Wiley Street south to Memorial Drive
Please see below for the full list of artists selected for the 2012 exhibition.
Taranji L. Alvarado
Crossover Movement Arts
Park Cofield & Co.
Henry Detweiler and Christ, Lord
The Dojo Collective
Past Prime Players
Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery
Gateway Performance Productions
Trevor Jones and the Collective Project
Spiral of Sound Crystal Bowl Choir
Klimchak with Stuart Gerber, Olivia Kieffer and Isaac Anderson
Imaginary Menagerie Productions
Krewe of Grateful Gluttons
Otis Alexander Sallid
Wade Tilton, Kevin Huey and the Ghost Project
Kebbi Williams Band with Strings and Michael Atwood Fergeson
earth muse art
The Experience Collective
Michael Tod Edgerton
Virginia Byers and Aria Finkelstein
Elia Green, Queue Kufalk, David Carlock and Caden Newcome
Ryan Mathern and Cecilia Marrero
The Loss Prevention Collective
Karen Shacham and Michael Carpenter
Teens of the Youth Art Connection facilitated by Gregor Turk
Georgia State University, Department of Three Dimensional Studies facilitated by Mike Wsol
The Art on the Atlanta BeltLine schedule will be released later this summer. Please check art.beltline.org for updates about this year’s artists and exhibits as well as to view photos from previous exhibitions online. Information on access points and to see the permanent art collection is available on the Atlanta BeltLine interactive map.