HOW TO APPLY:
Deadline for submissions ~ Submissions must be received in the LexArts office by 5:00pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018.
Artists will submit:
Send packets to: Book Benches
161 North Mill Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Design and Application Criteria:
Book Benches, a public art project and collaboration between Arts Connect, LexArts and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning will retain ownership of all benches until they are sold.
The goal of the Book Benches project is to celebrate Kentucky’s rich literary heritage, encourage reading, provide a place for people to rest, and to instill in the community an understanding and appreciation of public art.
Final proceeds will go to further the missions of Arts Connect, LexArts and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.
Artists from Kentucky will be invited to paint and embellish fiberglass benches in the shape of open books drawing on themes and inspiration for their designs from books written by Kentucky authors.
Book Benches will be placed throughout Lexington for public exhibition June-October 2018. Working closely with Lextran, placement will, wherever practical, be provided at bus stops where seating is needed.
Each bench will be mounted on a concrete base with an identifying plaque naming the artists, the book, the author and the sponsor and publicly displayed for six months prior to being auctioned.
PROJECT TIMELINE / November 2017 – November 2018:
15 Nov–15 Jan | Artists design selection approvals
31 Jan | Deadline for artists design submissions
1-17 Feb | Sponsors select designs
19 Feb | Artists advised of design selections
1-3 Mar | Artists pick up benches from warehouse
10-15 May | Artists deliver completed benches to warehouse
1 Jun | “Book Benches Review” event and launch
2-3 Jun | Public Preview
5-8 Jun | Benches placed in public exhibition spaces throughout Lexington
17 Nov | Book Benches “Open Book Gala and Live Auction” at The Livery