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IPAR Gets $20K Grant for Reston Public Art Project

by Karen Goff December 10, 2014 at 9:00 am 5 Comments

Patrick Dougherty outdoor work "Call of the Wild, Tacoma WA/Credit: Duncan Price  The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) announced on Tuesday that it is among 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Art Works grant.

IPAR has been recommended for a $20,000 grant to support the creation of a temporary, site-specific, large-scale public art work in Reston by artist Patrick Dougherty.

IPAR, in collaboration with the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), will commission Dougherty to create a public art work in Reston Town Square Park in Reston Town Center over a three-week period in April 2015.

The project will feature local saplings and will involve local artists, youth, and other community members, GRACE and IPAR officials said.

The Dougherty installation will remain on site for one to two years. There will also be a tandem exhibition in the GRACE gallery from April to July 2015. The display will document the installation and explore Dougherty’s work throughout the world through photographs, sketches, models, and video. There will also be a series of related public programs at GRACE.

“We are thrilled by this significant support for the Dougherty project and its related programming,”said IPAR Executive Director Anne Delaney.  “The NEA Art Works grant will enable the Initiative for Public Art Reston to realize this major temporary art installation. IPAR is delighted to collaborate with GRACE and other Reston organizations in a public art project that will engage the community at-large.”

“The project reflects the spirit of the Public Art Master Plan for Reston, which encourages working with other community organizations to commission public art projects that energize public places and engage the community,” she added.”

Delaney said this is the first time that IPAR is the recipient of a NEA Art Works grant. It is also the first time the group made a submission attempt, she said.

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts, according to the NEA. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website. For more examples of Dougherty’s work, visit his website.

Photo: Patrick Dougherty outdoor work “Call of the Wild,” in Tacoma WA/Credit: Duncan Price  

  • Dexter Scott

    What on Earth is that ugly monstrosity supposed to be?

    • Karen Goff

      That’s not the exact work that will be at RTC. That is an example of the artist’s work on a different project. We’ll have to wait and see what he plans for Reston, but in general, that is what a lot of his work looks like.

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Looks like three baboons having a drink at the local watering hole.

  • WhatsAllTheFuss

    I would expect this large scale of a project to require at least a $15,000 major site plan for submission to Fairfax County, including siting of elements, grading, …. Plus an additional $2000 for submission itself.

    • Leila Gordon

      We checked with the County; because this is a temporary art work it is not subject to the same review process as a permanent site change. There are at present no site review requirements associated with temporary art works. The work will be subject to the Reston Town Center Association Design Review Board review. I realize you were making a tongue-in-cheek comment, but wanted to provide the information about the potential for site review nonetheless for those who might have wanted to know.

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