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Vote for your favorite Gary Downtown Public Art Project to win a share of $67,000

Legacy Foundation and the City of Gary Redevelopment Commission will award a total of $67,000 for eight public art projects to be displayed at various sites in downtown Gary, Indiana. Your votes will determine the top artists. Proposals are exhibited online at Voting will remain open until September 1, 2017 at noon.

The finalists are Armando Arceo, Jason Bord, Calumet Artist Residency, Gerry Guevara, Deborah Landry, Haerim Lee, Felix Maldanado (FLEX), Ish Muhammed, Lauren M. Pacheco, Nathalie Quagliotto, Damon Lamar Reed, Nancy Niequist Schoon, and Chris Silva. Each artist’s proposal demonstrates a connection to the City of Gary (live, work, family, childhood, etc.).

Voters can select one artist in each category. The categories are divided by award amounts: $25,000; $10,000; and $3,000. One artist will be awarded $25,000. Three artists will receive $10,000. Four artists will be awarded $3,000.

Winning artists are required to design and execute their sculpture, mural, or open concept project. Sculptures can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and materials. They can be visual, functional, or interactive. Murals are required to be a one-of-a-kind work of art, which is hand-created and applied directly to the surface of a physical structure. Open concept can include elements of mural and/or sculpture art in addition to landscape, architectural, community art, digital new media, light, sound, and more.

The 2017 Downtown Gary Public Art Competition is supported by the City of Gary Redevelopment Commission and Legacy Foundation through the Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund. The purpose of the Gary Public Art Competition is to give local artists an opportunity to undertake the challenge of creating a work of art in a public space within Gary, Indiana.

Find a full description of the competition and cast your vote at


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