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Art WORKS: 40 for 40 Project

Artist Bryce McCloud’s Our Town collection.

This spring Metro Arts launched Art WORKS, an initiative to acquire wall-hung art works created by local artists for installation in public spaces within Metro buildings. At a media event on January 18, 2018, Metro Arts announced the “40 for 40” project, the first phase of the program which will mark our 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. Metro Arts plans to scale the program to other Metro-owned buildings with public spaces in future years.

For the Historic Metro Courthouse, a citizen selection panel chose 29 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.

For the Metro Office Building located on the Fulton Campus at Second and Lindsley avenues, a selection panel will identify 11 artists whose work is creative and innovative and is reflective of Nashville neighborhoods and places. The call was open to Nashville-Davidson County artists. Individual artists, galleries, and artists' representatives were encouraged to apply. Metro Arts will make studio and gallery visits to the selected artists to identify artworks for purchase.

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