Art in Public Places


2016 Summer Exhibit Reception

The public is invited to view the artwork on display at City Hall and the Redding Library as part of Art in the City's Summer 2016 Exhibit. At the Redding Library, watercolor and colored pencil artwork by Susan Lofthouse-Meade is on display. At City Hall come view paintings by Andrew Jensen, pastel artwork by Vivi-Anne Thompson, student submissions to the Lions Club International Annual Peace Poster Contest, and photography by Bonnie Lampley and Paul Mitchell.

The 2016 Summer Exhibit will be displayed May 4, 2016 through September 5, 2016.

A Reception for the Artists will be held at Redding City Hall on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. In addition to the beautiful artwork on display, attendees will enjoy refreshments.

City Hall is located at 777 Cypress Avenue and the Redding Library is at 1100 Parkview Avenue.

 

About the Program

The City of Redding's Art in Public Places program is administered by the Community Services Department with input from the Art in Public Places Committee. Our mission is to augment public spaces throughout the city with works of art ranging from paintings, murals, and outdoor sculptures to functional works integrated into architecture and community infrastructure. These additions aim to transform public works into artworks and public areas from the commonplace into sites reflecting the spirit of our dynamic community.

With the inception of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965, the modern public art program was born in the United States. Public art can be fashioned of bronze, brick, wood, steel, or fabric; it can be a mural, a sculpture, a park bench, or a banner; it can be colorful or subdued, monumental or diminutive, utilitarian or decorative, in a building lobby, on a street corner, or in a public park. Public art complements buildings, parks, and plazas; creates a sense of place, and enhances community identity; improves the design quality of public infrastructure; becomes though-provoking cultural landmarks; and provides a sense of community and cohesion.

 

Call to Artists

Open Call to Artists is open each year from August 1-October 29.

Artists, groups of artists, or schools are sought to display their artwork in both City Hall and the Redding Library. Selections for the Call are made by a panel consisting of the City's Art in Public Places Committee and members of City staff.

New exhibits are hung three times each year, and the artwork is carefully selected to provide an engaging experience. Since the program's inception, we have exhibited more than 2,100 pieces of artwork from more than 220 artists. The City collects no commission on the sale of exhibited art.

Interested in applying? Open Call submission requirements can be found here.

If you would like to receive an email notification when the Call opens, please send your email address to rsvp@reddingart.org and note that you are requesting to be placed on the listing for the Art in the City program.

 

Art in Public Places Committee

The City of Redding's Art in Public Places Committee was instituted in November 1998. This committee is charged with finding opportunities where public art can be incorporated into City projects and activities. The Committee's accomplishments run the gamut from decorative manhole covers to downtown street revitalizations to the selection of works for the various indoor and outdoor exhibitions at City Hall.

 

Art in the City

You might be surprised to learn that the largest art gallery in Redding is inside the Redding City Hall. City Hall spans three stories, is approximately 100,000 square feet large, and hosts over 500 feet of gallery railing.

The Redding Library is visited by more than 1,600 patrons each day. The addition of this venue to the Art in the City program in 2010 was a natural expansion, as the two buildings share the City Hall campus.

The artwork on display at City Hall and the Redding Library has been carefully selected via an annual Call to Artists to provide an engaging experience for your enjoyment. Proposals are accepted during the month of September. To be notified of the next Call to Artist, please email Brenna Bowers with your contact information. New exhibits are hung three times a year, typically in January, May, and September. This schedule is subject to change for special showings.

The Sculpture Park at City Hall

A public sculpture park on the City Hall campus logically expands the successful Art in City Hall program to the outdoors, while simultaneously creating a new venue for special events.

The Sculpture Park at City Hall offers a mixture of permanent works and traveling exhibits displayed along a winding trail amidst water features and decorative plantings.