This fall, residents and art enthusiasts of all ages are invited to Washington Square Park to enjoy public art installations as part of the City’s first Art in the Square Exhibit. Art in the Square is an initiative of the City of Kansas City to showcase public art while reinforcing the City’s commitment to investing in local artists. Art in the Square is made possible through collaboration between the City’s Municipal Art Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department. The exhibit represents a unique collection of thought-provoking artwork that ranges from whimsical to innovative. The first Art in the Square exhibit, which will be placed in Washington Square Park, will feature art work from five local artists. This outdoor gallery is free and open to the public from September 10 through December 21.
“Art in the Square provides local artists with a unique opportunity to gain experience in the creation of outdoor art, and gives art enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to rediscover Washington Square Park,” said Public Art Administrator, Elizabeth Bowman.
The exhibit’s opening reception will take place in Washington Square Park on September 10 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Residents and art enthusiasts are invited to meet the artists, view the art installations, and enjoy live music and local food trucks. Those who are unable to join the opening reception are encouraged to view the art work in Washington Square Park through Dec. 21. Washington Square Park is located at intersection of Pershing Rd. and Grand Blvd. The historic park is a Kansas City landmark, recognizable by the prominent statue of George Washington atop a horse; the park celebrates 90 years of establishment in Kansas City this year.
“The City’s first Art in the Square exhibit proves that public art is more than just statues of famous people,” said Bowman. “The works of these five local artists showcase a variety of artistic media and creativity, and enliven this historic park.”
The five featured artists were chosen by a selection panel of arts professionals and business and civic representatives. The artists are Jake Balcom, Denise DiPiazzo, Rie Egawa, Kati Toivanen, and William Vannerson.
Additional information about the art installations and the artists can be found online at www.kcmo.gov/art.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Bowman, Public Art Administrator, at Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org.