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Commission seeking sculptures for Suwanee art event

SUWANEE — Suwanee’s Public Arts Commission has issued a call to artists for original outdoor sculptures to be featured in the debut of this spring’s Suwanee SculpTour.

Depending on available funding — all support will be provided through private individuals and companies — 10 to 20 sculptures of various styles, types and sizes will be exhibited throughout downtown Suwanee beginning in May.

“The city of Suwanee values public art as a key component to creating a world-class community,” said Denise Brinson, economic and community development director. “The SculpTour provides a relatively low-cost way to bring quality public art of various styles and mediums to our community. Our hope is that the art pieces will engage our citizens and bring new visitors to downtown Suwanee.”

Artists may submit up to three original sculptures for consideration. Selected artists will receive a stipend of up to $1,000 and be eligible to win cash awards totaling more than $5,000.

The request for proposals is available online at www.suwanee.com on the “Business Matters/Requests for Proposals” page. The deadline for submissions is March 1.

Artwork selected will essentially be on loan to the city through the SculpTour, scheduled for May through March 2012. There is a possibility at the end of the exhibit, depending on funding, that the city will purchase one or more of the pieces of display in one of Suwanee’s public spaces.

Submissions will be evaluated based on originality/creativity, relation to architecture and themes of downtown Suwanee, general community appeal, maintenance/longevity, quality of materials and execution, ease of installation and other factors.