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Art WORKS: 40 for 40 Project

Artist Bryce McCloud’s Our Town collection.

This spring Metro Arts is launching Art WORKS, an initiative to acquire two-dimensional art works created by local artists for installation in public spaces within Metro buildings. At a media event on January 18, 2018, Mayor Megan Barry announced the “40 for 40” project, the first phase of the program which will mark Metro Arts’ 40th anniversary and result in the installation of 40 artworks in the Historic Metro Courthouse and the Metro Office Building. These new works will join 50 other pieces that form the city’s “One Percent for Art” public collection. This new program is a key recommendation in Metro Arts’ Public Art Community Investment Plan adopted in spring 2017.

For the Historic Metro Courthouse, a citizen selection panel chose artists whose work is creative, innovative and reflects Nashville’s spirit of community, service, justice and equity. Selected artists include: Amelia Briggs, Dane Carder, Carla Ciuffo, Samuel Dunson, Jessica Eichman, Richard Feaster, Gil Given, Amelie Guthrie, Johan Hagaman, Brady Haston, Jodi Hays, Courtney Adair Johnson, Bill Killebrew, Bryant Lamont, Emily Leonard, Megan Lightell, Rob Matthews, Michael McBride, Susan McGrew, Joe Nolan, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Austin Reavis, KJ Schumacher, Hannah Lane Scott, Karen Seapker, Tony Sobota, Vadis Turner, Tara Walters and Kelly Williams. Artworks will be installed in the latter part of 2018.

Metro Arts plans to scale the program to other Metro-owned buildings with public spaces in future years.

For more information, please contact Anne-Leslie Owens anne-leslie.owens@nashville.gov.