The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) will host an open house event to provide information on and collect public input about the Athens Public Art Master Plan on Thursday, April 21 in the Lounge Gallery of the Lyndon House Arts Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will include the participation of visiting artist Wing Young Huie.
As the ACAC nears the end of the master plan process, commission members hope that the open house will offer one more opportunity to gather public input on what citizens’ hopes are for public art in Athens moving forward. Consultant Todd Bressi, who is leading development of the plan, will deliver a short presentation recapping the ongoing project. Visiting artist Wing Young Huie will host a “Chalk Talk” to engage attendees and generate photographs for an upcoming art installation. “We hope having Wing Young Huie at the event, engaging with attendees, will shed more light on the kinds of public art projects that the ACAC might consider supporting in the future: artist-initiated, community-engaged projects that explore social issues and forge connections between diverse communities,” said ACAC chair Marc Beechuck.
Huie, a photographer from Minneapolis, will be the third artist in residence to visit Athens as part of the master plan process. Last year, artists Seitu Jones and Matthew Mazzotta each visited the city, collaborating with ACAC volunteers and local artists to organize public engagement projects and collect community feedback to generate recommendations that will inform the final plan document.
Huie will visit Athens April 18 through 22, and is developing a public art project in collaboration with ACAC and assistance from Lyndon House Program Supervisor Didi Dunphy. The photographer creates work to document socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society. His assignment in Athens will include hosting a series of “Chalk Talks” around the city, in which participants engage each other using a series of open-ended questions and reflections written on a chalkboard, which the artist then documents through photographs. The finished product of this project will go on display at a local venue in late summer 2016.
The Open House event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. For more information on this event email athensculturalaffairs@gmail.com or visit http://www.athensculturalaffairs.org/.

More About the Visiting Artist

Wing Young Huie’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and his most well-known projects are large-scale public installations, including Frogtown (1995), Lake Street USA (2000) and The University Avenue Project (2010), which transformed major thoroughfares in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota into epic photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of citizens. More recently, he served as artist in residence to the Penn Avenue North Small Area Plan, as part of Minneapolis’ Creative Citymaking initiative. More information about the artist and his ongoing projects can be found at http://www.wingyounghuie.com/.

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