The Public Art Committee of the City of Cape Girardeau will launch the City’s third public art outdoor exhibition on Friday, April 15. The show consists of seven substantial pieces to be placed along the Broadway Corridor in Cape Girardeau for one year, culminating in early April 2017.
James Johnson was juror of the 2016 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit (CGOSE), with input from the Public Art Committee – a group of representatives from the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri; Old Town Cape; the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; City of Cape Girardeau; and Chris Wubbena, Professor of Sculpture at Southeast Missouri State University. Johnson debuted a piece in the 2015 CGOSE. He has participated in more than 60 juried and invitational exhibitions, and he has completed numerous public sculptures currently exhibited throughout the Midwest.
By hosting the CGOSE on Broadway, the Public Art Committee hopes to achieve two primary goals: Increase the number of arts-related activities within the region, and provide an additional revitalization strategy for Old Town Cape.
The seven artists selected for the 2016 CGOSE are:
- Jacob Brumood, Springfield, MO
- Ben Pierce, Cape Girardeau, MO
- Nathan Pierce, Cape Girardeau, MO
- Bounnak Thammavong, Swisher, IA
- Stephanie Sailer, Swisher, IA
- Mike Sneller, Cedar Rapids, IA
- Will Vannerson, Kansas City, MO
The sculptures will be unveiled at a special reception and kickoff event at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15, at the Vasterling Suites Courtyard, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Broadway and Fountain Street. The reception is open to the public, after which participants are encouraged to walk Broadway and view the pieces.
Funding for the exhibit was provided by the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Old Town Cape.
For more information regarding the Public Art Committee or the CGOSE on Broadway, please contac the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri at 573-334-9233 or visit capearts.org/sculpture.