Past Exhibition

Natural Forces: Broward County Public Art & Design '06 - '09

Sept. 4 – Nov. 1, 2009
Opening reception: Wed., Sept. 9, 6-9 pm

Reception and artist talk with Michele Oka Doner: Wed., Oct. 14, 6-9 pm

This exhibition focuses on recently completed public art projects by national and internationally known artists including Chris Jenney, Dan Corson, Ritsuko Taho, McGowen-DeMonte, Lorna Jordan, Alice Aycock, Alison Sky, Bill and Mary Buchen, Wendy Wischer, Robert Calvo, Gilman-Keefer and Harris-Heder. The exhibit will present works by these individual artists who were selected and commissioned to create public works through the Broward Art and Design Department of the Broward Cultural Division. This will include the work of acclaimed artists who have created site specific large scale projects for public places in Broward County. ACCH will exhibit working drawings, models and other preparatory works made during the course of action creating the final commissions, thus revealing important aspects of the creative process, as well as how these large scale art pieces are intended to interface with the public.

Natural Forces: Public Art and Design ’06 – ’09 is an extensive mixture of artistic ideas derived from natural elements; light on water at sunset; refraction of color through glass forming waves; words engraved in stone…

Many of the pieces were designed within the portfolio of a Park Bond Master Plan and Library Bond Master Plan. The Park Bond Master Plan was conceived by environmental artist Lorna Jordan and her design team. Jordan, concerned with the artistic expression of contemporary places with a particular focus on watershed explored the relationships between the natural infrastructure of creeks, rivers, wetlands, ponds and estuaries and urban infrastructure. The Library Bond passed in 1999 when voters of Broward County approved a bond issue to renovate existing libraries and build new ones. Artists were commissioned within this portfolio.

There will be a reception and artist talk with internationally known artist Michele Oka Doner Wednesday, October 14, from 6-9 pm. She will discuss her art as well as mingle with attendees during the reception. This special event is part of Natural Forces.

Oka Doner uses nature at its most basic level, creating that the subject of her art. Her presentation will focus on her public art projects, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, and design objects. She will also discuss her newly completed public art project, her largest bronze casted sculptural element to date, exhibited at Port Everglades.

To learn more about Michele Oka Doner, check out her website.

Update: Click here to watch a video of Oka Donor’s artist talk.

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Funding Arts Broward

Funding for the 09/10 visual arts season is provided in part by Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, and a grant from Funding Arts Broward.