Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Bibbs Sculpture to Chattanooga

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2009) − Garry R. Bibbs, associate professor at the University of Kentucky Department of Art, has won a commission for his sculpture "Family Revolution." The commission was awarded to Bibbs for his sculpture proposal by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga.The sculpture commission was made possible by the Urban League's participation in the program "Art in the Neighborhoods," a new matching grant initiative funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation and administered through Chattanooga’s Public Art Program. The sculpture is funded by the foundation grant and matching private funds."Family Revolution" is a stainless steel sculpture that will stand 20 feet tall. The sculpture proposal submitted by Bibbs competed against ones from professional artists in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina, as well as Kentucky. "Family Revolution" will be installed near the offices of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, located on M.L. King Boulevard in Chattanooga. Installation is scheduled within the coming months.“This sculpture shows the new found pride we are seeing in the M.L. King neighborhood," said Urban League of Greater Chattanooga President Warren Logan. "It is exciting and gratifying to see change as it occurs and makes sense to celebrate empowerment through the installation of 'Family Revolution.'”Bibbs' distinguished exhibition history includes showings presented through the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Ruschman Art Gallery in Indianapolis; the Hertz Gallery in Louisville and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.The Kentucky sculptor is also an active member of the Pew Civic Entrepreneur Initiative, a coalition group in Lexington whose goal is to confront and solve issues relevant to the community on race relations and leadership.“Through my art, I want to share honesty about my human experience, my African-American heritage, and my environment, whether it is good, bad, or indifferent," commented Bibbs. "Life is so precious, so it is important that my viewers feel enlightened, uplifted, and free. They should be made aware that there is an answer, a power, and a glory. So live a good life and be gracious in God’s creative beauty which is given to us through the arts.”The "Art in the Neighborhoods" Program is administered by the City of Chattanooga's Public Art Program through the Department of Parks and Recreation. The program is designed to assist community groups with generating unique public art projects in neighborhoods throughout Chattanooga. Matching funds are made available through a grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation and can be used for the temporary lease, purchase or commission of one or more works of art.

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