Sunday, September 03, 2000

Artwork the ticket for transit center

Artists needed for two projects

        Area artists were not invited to submit proposals for murals, sculpture or any other art for the Paul Brown Stadium. They're not invited to submit art proposals for the new Reds stadium either.

        But people who go to the games on a Metro bus will be greeted with public art projects totaling $175,000 at the Riverfront Transit Center.

        “We're trying to get the word out to artists in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky to submit proposals,” said Nancy Core Edwards, planner at Metro. “So far we've sent out 1,800 invitations to artists.”

        The Riverfront Transit Center is a $42 million facility under the new Second Street that will provide bus service, and perhaps eventually light rail, for special events on the Cincinnati Riverfront by 2003.

        Project A for the terminal has a $150,000 budget. One artist or team of artists will be selected to design, fabricate and install artwork along the 800-foot long passenger terminal, which has 20 bus berths, each 12 to 15 feet wide. Art can be created for the north wall, the elevator vestibules and stairways. The budget includes all fabrication and installation.

        Project B, with a $25,000 budget, is for a commemorative work honoring William Dehart Hubbard, a Cincinnatian who was the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event. He won the long jump in the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

        Artists may apply for one or both projects by sending a resume, slides of recent work and proposal suggestions. A group of finalists will be paid a fee to develop their proposals.

        Application deadline is Sept. 20. To obtain application information, contact Nancy Core Edwards, Metro, 1014 Vine St., Suite 2000, Cincinnati 45202. Phone 632-7545 or e-mail

        Lobby gets a new look: The front entrance is open again at the Cincinnati Art Museum. After a three-month renovation, the lobby has changed. The central reception desk is gone, replaced by reception and information desks in the corners, leaving the floor open for receptions and other events.

        There's new paint on the walls and new lighting in the lobby, a dramatic space designed in 1908 by the prestigious Chicago architectural firm of Daniel Burnham and sons.

        The most spectacular element planned for the lobby is not yet in place. It is the large hanging glass sculpture by Seattle artist Dale Chihuly. It won't be installed until June, when it will introduce CAM visitors to the exhibition Treasures for a Queen: A Millennium Gift to Cincinnati.

        Painting catch: A painting by African-American artist Henry Ossawa Turner (1857-1937) is on loan to the CAM through July. The painting, from 1913, is “Miraculous Haul of Fishes,” a biblical scene of a fishing boat in glowing light. The National Academy of Design in New York loaned it in exchange for paintings by John Twachtman and Childe Hassam. The two paintings are included in National Academy's exhibition Easels in the Shipyard: The Impressionists of Cos Cob, which will be shown in New York, Denver and Houston.

        Everyman on the move: The exhibition is over but the catalog is ready. German artist Stephan Balkenol's roughly carved “Mr. Everyman” sculptures of anonymous people wearing white shirts, spent the summer at the Contemporary Arts Center. Now it's traveling to the List Art Center, Brown University in Providence, R.I., the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia at Virginia Beach.

        CAC director Charles Desmarais writes in the Balkenol catalog about the “characters capable of action who do nothing.” The catalog is available at the CAC bookstore for $15.95.

        Pop talk: Chicago neo-Pop artist Paul LaMantia will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cincinnati Art Museum Lecture Hall. The artist merges images from art history in a colorful cartoon style. His paintings are at the Chidlaw Gallery at the Art Academy of Cincinnati through Sept. 22. Sponsored by the Visiting Artists Alliance, the lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call 562-8777.

        Owen Findsen is Enquirer art critic. Write him c/o Tempo, The Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202; fax, 768-8330. E-mail:


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