Lansing Art Center to introduce new outdoor exhibit with $45,500 grant

The Lansing Art Gallery is celebrating their newly-announced Sense of Place in the Arts grant by jumping right into plans for the new, summer-long exhibit that it will fund. The $45,500 award will support Art by the River, which will feature original art outside between Michigan Avenue and Shiawassee along the Grand River.

“We learned a lot during last year’s City Streets exhibit,” says Lansing Art Galley executive director Catherine Babcock. “My idea was to a “City Streets Take Two” by the river.”

Though inspired by last year’s show, the new summer-long event will be unique to anything that came before it in a variety of ways. The biggest of these is that the outdoor pieces will be original art, rather than reproductions. The call for artists is open to all media, so any weatherproof 2D or 3D art could be featured among the approximately 10 juried works.

“The artists are very excited,” says Babcock. “We’re getting emails from them saying what a great idea this is.”

Also unique to the Art by the River will the be availability of exhibit brochures via QR code. As with City Streets, passersby will be able to listen messages from the artists by calling a phone number listed on each piece. Babcock says the next step she’d like to add in future years would be a mobile app for the entire exhibit.

Art by the River is currently excepting submissions from artists. The exhibit will run from June 1 to August 30.
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