Public Art



Art in Public Places Program

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    District VII Police Station

    The historical-designed 18,000+ square feet facility will house both administrative and investigative personnel, a fitness room, a processing and storage area, detention area and a community room for meetings, training and events.

    The current and projected population growth in the southern portion of the County has created the need for this new police district. The goal is to reduce police response time, workload allocation and provide a uniform presence in the community.

    Designed by Arel Architects, the new Station is scheduled for completion by March 2015. An exterior landscaped area at the north side of the new structure as been identified for placement of an exterior sculpture. Installation and public programming is expected to take place in February 2015.

    Location: 11108 Fort Washington Road, Ft. Washington, MD
    Artist(s): Blessing Hancock, Tuscon, AZ
    Title: Accolades
    Project: Exterior illuminated geometric metal sculpture

    Installation is expected to take place November 2015

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    Brandywine Fire Station

    The new Brandywine Fire Station, located on Brandywine Road between Highway 301 and Route 5, is designed as a state-of-the-art structure replacing the old fire station built in 1954. It will be a one-story structure on 2.1 acres in the heart of historic Brandywine.

    Designed by Arel Architects, the new Station is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. An area of wall at the west front of the building measuring 12’ x 16’ has been designated as the location for a mural. Installation and public programming is expected to take place in November and December 2014.

    Location: 14201 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD
    Artist(s): Liza Linder, College Park, MD
    Title: Fire and Water
    Project: Exterior illuminated geometric metal sculpture

    Installation is expected to take place September 2015

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    Laurel Library

    The new Laurel Library greatly enlarges on the existing structure and offers two distinct areas for public art. Designed by Grimm + Parker Architects, the new library is scheduled to be completed by October, 2015. Exterior landscaped areas at the east and west sides of the new structure have been identified for placement of exterior sculptures. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2014 and is estimated to be completed in 18 months. Installation and public programming is expected to take place in September, 2015.

    Location: 507 7th Street, Laurel, MD
    Artist(s): Martha Jackson Jarvis, Gateway Studio
    Title: Mill Stone
    Project: Exterior mosaic tile and steel sculpture
    Artist(s): Washington Glass Studio, Gateway Studio
    Title: Untitled
    Project: Exterior steel, cast and fused glass structure

    Installations are expected to take place late Fall 2016



Environmental Public Art Project

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    1801 McCormick Drive

    The selected artist or artist team will be expected to work in conjunction with EPAP Committee in the design process and implementing a community engagement plan to include students at Suitland High School, located down the road from installation site. The artwork will be a temporary installation on the grounds of the former Church Building located at 4605 Suitland Road in Suitland, Maryland 20747 then relocated to a permanent Suitland Neighborhood site. The willingness of the artist or artist team to learn in-depth about local environmental goals and dialogue with community stakeholders from which to apply the concepts is integral toward developing the artwork. The artwork must be durable in a public environment, low maintenance and appropriate to the location.

    Location: 1801 McCormick Drive, Largo, MD
    Artist(s): Artworks, Howard Connelly, Neimiah Dixon, Krista Schlyer
    Title: Wind Vane of the Helenium Autumnale
    Project: Exterior 3D Sculpture, reclaimed materials

    Installation is expected to take place December 2015













Purple Line Transit System

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    Art in Transit

    The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) through a pre qualified group of individuals will be seeking artists to create artwork and artistic enhancements for the future Purple Line Transit System as part of its Art-In-Transit program. PGAHC’s Executive Director served as a member of the selection panel alongside 7 other committee members selecting a diverse group of 95 talented artists from the 729 entries that were received. Following a review of the project being conducted by Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, the selected artists will be offered to a private partner that will build and operate the Purple line. We congratulate our local artists and studios represented: Curtis Woody, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Cheryl Foster, Valerie Theberge, Alan Binstock, Steven Weitzman, Ronald Beverly, Winston Harris.

    Artists will be paid a stipend to create artwork proposals for specific station(s) location(s) and may be awarded a contract to design and integrate artwork into a station’s overall infrastructure. Artists would also work with the communities to create artwork that highlights the cultural vitality of the region, and reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities.

    Approximately 21 Purple Line locations have been designated as Art-in-Transit opportunities including three aerial stations and other areas to be enhanced including walls, steel structures and fencing. Ten locations are in Prince George’s County. From the approved roster, qualified artists will be assigned one or more specific opportunities by location and paid a stipend to create artwork proposals for specific station(s) or individual location(s).

    “This is a great opportunity for local talent to gain visibility creating works that reflect our communities,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Robert Smith. “This competition will enhance our public transit system and we look forward to receiving some great art designs for our future Purple Line transit system.”

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires certain criteria be used when artists are involved in the planning and design of transit projects including: durability of material, impact on mass-transit customers, connection to site and/or adjacent community, minimum maintenance and quality of art or design....

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MGM Local Arts Program

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    Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Launches Local Artist Program for MGM National Harbor Project

    Working with MGM Resorts International design teams and New York based art consultant Susan Kroll, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) has launched a local artist program to actively identify Prince George’s County talent for collaboration on commissioned artwork projects throughout the MGM National Harbor resort currently under construction.

    In the coming months MGM design teams will continue to explore potential commissions for interior rooms and public spaces. The approximately $1billion MGM National Harbor resort will include a 300-room luxury hotel, a casino featuring 3,600 slots and 160 table games, a 3,000-seat theater, high-end branded retails, 35,000 square feet of meeting space and restaurants from renowned local and national chefs. MGM National Harbor will open as soon as July 2016. For more information and to submit portfolio for consideration contact Rhonda Dallas, rdallas@pgahc.org or call 301-277-1402. .....

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