Kent Washington Art
Way is in central Kent this week, with artwork by local artists and a live performance by local musicians. The gallery is located at 400 West Gowe Street and the event is part of a national effort to showcase the creativity of Kent's children during National Youth Arts Month. Susan has been chairwoman of Kent Thursday Art Night since January and coordinates monthly events with local businesses.
The appeal is aimed at young, established, professional and practicing artists working in two-dimensional media and living in Washington state. Artists will provide the production - finished designs and Kent Arts Commission staff will facilitate production. Kent City Council and the Arts Commission will co-ordinate and cover the costs of the production and installation. A panel appointed by Kent City Council, the Kent Art Commission and local artists will assess the qualifications submitted.
The earthworks are being carried out independently of the city of Kent, Washington, but are being made as a tribute to the man - a land reclamation hilltop in King County. It was first shown at a King County symposium in 1979, entitled "Earthworks and Land Reclamation Sculpture," where artists were invited to draw up plans to reclaim and reuse King County's environmentally degraded land. The symposium featured works by artists such as Robert E. Howard, Robert A.M. Stern, and John D. Rockefeller Jr. as well as local artists.
The Ministry of Public Works has contributed to the establishment of the project unit, which is publicly accessible, visible and in need of mitigation. The work was funded by the King County Public Art Program, the last of which never funded the creation of a work of art. This included a publication award, which was accompanied by a grant from the City of Seattle for the creation of the Robert Morris Earthwork brochure.
Arts Commission staff stepped in, with county funds earmarked for maintenance of Morris earthworks. The Arts Commission staff responded to these concerns by working creatively with the maintenance budget to ensure that the earthworks were considered a public art project and not private property for private purposes.
By involving contemporary artists in land reclamation, the King County Arts Commission entered an area that no government agency had yet ploughed to a significant extent. There was no longer a need to create art by transporting the earth outdoors, as in the American West, but to add quality, function, and service to art.
In light of this potential change, the Kent Arts Commission welcomed public comments on the design and invited renowned artists, landscape architects and historians to participate. In the south of King County, only two meetings took place between Kent officials and artists. Among the members was Robert Morris, whose Morris Earthwork is now in the jurisdiction of the City of SeaTac. The city asked the same jury that selected him to recommend an artist for a location in Kent.
Herbert Bayer visited the site in Kent in January 1979 and submitted his design to Kent City Council. The earthworks were carried out independently by the City of Kent, but not by any of the artists.
For Kent, exploration and artistic production were partnership efforts, and Thayer gave the young artist time to devote to his own work. In the summer, Kent painted several views of the New Hampshire landscape, including Mount Monadnock. His travels to rugged, rural areas gave him a unique view of the landscape and its natural beauty.
Among the most significant exhibitions of his work from these travels were the shows at the Knoedler Gallery in 1919 and 1920, in which Kent showed paintings from New Hampshire, Maine, New York and New Jersey. Among them were works by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, John Singer Sargent, Robert A. Mapplethorpe, William H. Gifford, George G. W. Bush, Charles E. Dolan, Henry K. Miller, Thomas Knechtler, Paul Klimt, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.
The Seattle Art Museum sponsored an exhibition of the artist's models and drawings, and the story is that in 1978 and 1979 The project was so popular that it was mentioned in newspaper reports.
The Commission's groundbreaking 1979 symposium was the first time a contemporary artist's land reclamation project had been designed for a government agency. The project, which was implemented under the Land Reclamation Program of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, has set a precedent and helped redefine the concept of public art in the country by creating state-funded public art programs.
In April 2008, the King County Landmarks Commission, which worked for the city of Kent, waived the usual 40-year threshold and declared Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park the first landmark in the city of Kent. After a vigorous and creative fundraising campaign, including a $1.5 million grant from the Washington State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DNR) and an additional $500,000 in private donations, the Mill Creek Canyon EarthWorks was inaugurated on April 1, 2008.