A Behind the Scenes View of How the “Nest” was Born: a panel discussion featuring Maureen Kelly, Artist

Sunday, Feb 17th at 2pm in The Olympia Room 2, Classic Center

Athens-Clarke County residents, particularly artists, are interested in learning more about the public art process; the stages and steps required to bring a public art installation to the Classic Center, how the artist was selected, and the responsibilities required of that artist.

Panelists will have this opportunity to share their personal involvement, and/or the involvement of their organization, in the process of bringing the public art installation to the Classic Center.   As our special guest, artist Maureen Kelley will be the last panel member to speak and will share both her role as a public artist and as the artist selected for the Classic Center installation.

Schedule (approximate times):

2:00     – Presentation will begin and Bill Douglas will be introduced. Bill will speak to his involvement in the first steps of the Classic Center expansion. He will then introduce the panel members.

2:10     – Panel members will explain the roles they played in completing the public art project.

2:55     – Floor will be opened to questions and discussion.

3:30     – Presentation will end.

Panelists:

Bill Douglas, Moderator  –  CEO and President and Chairman of the Board at Athens First Bank and Trust.  Bill chaired the Citizen’s 2011 SPLOST Advisory Committee.

Maureen Kelly, Artist  -  Maureen designed, created and installed the “Nest” suspended sculpture in the atrium.

Andy Herod, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner  -  Andy will discuss the procedures that were required by ACCUG as the public art project was being developed for theClassicCenter.

Don Martin, SPLOST Program Administrator  -  Don will talk about the continued involvement of the SPLOST office during the building of the expansion and the decision making related to the public art installation.

Paul Cramer, Classic Center Director  -  Paul will explain his involvement in the public art process as it related to the expansion’s User Group, selection of the art and the actual art installation process.

Laura Nehf, Athens Cultural Affairs Commission member  -  Laura will speak about the roles the Cultural Affairs Commission played in each step of the process.

Alex Sams, Selection Panel Member  -  Alex will talk about the challenges put before the selection panel as they narrowed the artists to ten finalists and later made the final artist selection.