Friday, July 20, 2012

PAL News - July 2012

The 2012 Sculptures!

It's an exciting year for public art in Champaign-Urbana! Our "Calls to Artists" generated 80 fantastic submissions from sculptors throughout the United States (and as far away as Japan)! We are excited to share this year's finalists with the hope we can work together to bring them to the community in 2012!

Finalists from the Open Call:

by Don Lawler
(Stephensport, KY)

                                                    by Scott Mental
                                                    (Columbia, SC) 

"Remembering Horeb"
by Shawn Morin
(Bowling Green, OH)

 "THEB #1"
 by Jeff Boshart
(Charleston, IL)

"Eyes of Dawn"
by Carl Billingsley
(Ayden, NC)

"Counter Rhythm"
by Charles Ellis
(Indianapolis, IN)

by Beth Nybeck
(Kansas City, MO)

"Single Twist"
by Mary Angers
(Long Branch, NJ)

"Beautiful Storm"
by Michael Gerald Helbing
(Berwin, IL)

 "Splintering Continuity"
by Beth Nybeck
(Kansas City, MO)

Thanks to Carolyn Baxley, Nan Goggin, Pat Samman, Robin Hall and Lawrence Hamlin for participating in our Advisory Jury Panel.


Finalists from the Urbana Tree-Themed Call
(a collaboration with the Urbana Public Arts Commission):

"Oak Leaf Horizon Gate"
by Jim Gallucci
(Greensboro, NC)

"Fortitude IV"
by Mark Krucke
(Garner, NC)

"The Wind in the Trees"
by Cathrin Hoskinson"
(Brooklyn, NY)

Thanks to Christina McClelland, Tom Carrino, Pat Samman, Susan Pryde, Carolyn Baxley and David Wilcoxen for participating on our Advisory Jury Panel.

We are currently seeking sponsors to bring these wonderful sculptures to Champaign-Urbana.  For more information on how you can help, please contact

The 2012 Unveiling at Big Grove

Photo by Adam Milton
Thanks to all who joined us at the 2012 Sculpture Unveiling Party at Big Grove Tavern.  The enthusiasm was fantastic!  A special thanks to Nash + Marlow and the Barham Benefit Group for sponsoring delicious appetizers.

 Grant Received for Sculpture Purchase

The Public Art League is proud to announce that it has received a $6,000 grant from the Marajen Stevick Foundation through the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois.  The grant is to be used toward the purchase of sculpture.

Don't Let Them Get Away! 

 Sculptures in the Public Art League's program are leased for two years.  The leases for a number of the sculptures expire in mid-August.  If you would like to learn more about how you can help keep sculptures in the community, please contact us at


Public Art League