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Suwanee to extend third SculpTour exhibit

SUWANEE — Proposals for the third SculpTour, Suwanee’s outdoor public art exhibit, are under way and this time the display will be available for 22 months.

The exhibit in downtown Suwanee will be from May through March, 2015 and the deadline for submissions is Jan. 25. The requests for proposals can be found at suwanee.com. The Public Arts Commission will select between 10 and 20 sculptures, and artists will receive a stipend for loaning their sculpture to the exhibit.

“SculpTour has received an enthusiastic, positive response from visitors and the community,” said Denise Brinson, the city’s economic and community development director. “The current exhibit has been so popular that we’ll be sorry to see it go in March after only 10 months. So, for that reason, as well as to make more efficient use of private funding resources, we’ve decided to extend SculpTour to a 22-month exhibit period.”

Depending on funding, the city may purchase one or more of the pieces for display around the city, Brinson said.

Submissions are evaluated based upon originality and creativity, relation to architecture and themes of downtown Suwanee, general community appeal, maintenance and longevity, quality of materials and execution and ease of installation.

The exhibit, which has had a narrated tour by downloading a podcast through a QR code, has received awards from the Georgia Municipal Association and Artworks! Gwinnett.

In July, the city unveiled “Mother and Child” from the 2011 SculpTour in front of City Hall after it was purchased from a New Jersey artist for $15,000.