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Artists Needed

Proposals sought for downtown OKC art project


This year’s invitation to create an artistic wonderland in downtown OKC is being extended to an unlimited number of artists.

Organized by Downtown OKC, the Artist Invitational has in previous years only been open to a group of hand-selected artists who were asked to submit their ideas for public art.

Previous projects funded through the Artist Invitational have included Amanda Bradway’s “Lightbox” in Bricktown Canal, Adam Lanman’s “Skyline: Timeline” at OCU School of Law and Leigh Martin’s fiber installation “Contained Aesthetic” at the downtown basketball court.

Martin created a temporary installation of a knitted vine, which, over two months, grew up the basketball fence with leaves and blossoms added.

Bradway's piece was a lightbox along the Bricktown Canal to help highlight a feature often overlooked, and Lanman’s series of brightly colored fabric towers represented a number of significant events in the development of the downtown skyline.

Staci Sanger from Downtown OKC said the project had a dual purpose: “To inspire conversations, whimsy and wonder downtown and to activate unused space or reinvent existing space in the urban core.”

The project budget is $25,000 and all ideas will be accepted based on the need they meet and how they impact the community. The deadline is March 15.