Thom Phelps' ambitious art exhibit idea, A Farewell to Bees won the public's support in the category of "Individual Artists."
After receiving more than 1,800 votes in its public voting period, the Peak Arts Prize
has selected its 2019 winners, getting ready to dole out grants equaling $15,000 to support new projects in local art.
Peak Arts Prize
, run by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
, with funds from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation
’s Fund for the Arts, announced the winners of its second-annual contest on March 18. The three categories combined (large arts organization, small arts organization and individual artist) drew 33 applicants this year, and on March 1 the Peak Arts Prize judges selected three finalists for each category before opening up public voting.
In a press release, COPPeR deputy director Angela Seals says: “The community has chosen inspiring winners this year, whose projects will engage people in new ways with local art. Peak Arts Prize is all about community connection. We invite the public to watch for when the Prize winners’ projects unfold this year near you and attend, participate, and support the winners!”
See the winners and a short description of their projects below, from the press release:
LARGE ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
FORGING GENUINE HUMAN CONNECTIONS & EMBRACING EMPATHY
BY BLISS STUDIO & GALLERY
Bliss Studio & Gallery will present welding and iron pour workshops to introduce new local audiences to ironworking and spark conversations about empathy. Participants will collectively create a public art sculpture, led by Jodie Bliss and her team, culminating at the second annual Bliss Studio Iron Pour in Monument, CO.
SMALL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
BY THE UNSTEADY HAND – AN ARTIST COLLECTIVE
The Unsteady Hand will grow its artistic programs for people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Creativity Labs and an annual art show develop participants’ creative expression, fine motor skills, and community connections. They hope to reach many more Coloradans living with the disease.
A FAREWELL TO BEES
BY THOM PHELPS
Thom Phelps will sculpt a large dead bee out of steel to be the centerpiece of a local art exhibition engaging the public in discussion about bee extinction. The artist will raise public awareness about pollinator protection by provoking a collective, emotional response about the loss of bees.