In 2006 the ACGT worked with SFC Graphics and Downtown Toledo Inc to develop a downtown revitalization project utilizing vacant storefronts to display two-dimensional artworks. The exhibition was curated by nationally known graphic designer and Toledo native Dustin Hostetler and included a number of prominent graphic artists from the Toledo area. This project enabled the local arts community to improve the visual impact of vacant windows in our downtown as well as benefit from the exposure of a public exhibition.
In 2011 the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo partnered with the American Institute of Graphic Artist Toledo Chapter (AIGA Toledo) to rethink and re-approach this project. In its current form, the Downtown Windows Project includes designs by eleven local/regional artists/designers. The eleven designs were selected from a competition that included submissions from over 50 artists. The theme of the competition was “The Chemistry of Our City” and the designs that were selected include references to Toledo’s developing solar industry, its rich glass arts & crafts history, its growing cultural and entertainment sector and a number of other related themes. The competition was juried by a panel of local designers, business owners and community stake holders including; Brian Anderson (Teacher, Whitmer High School.), Steve Day (Chief Landscape Architect, City of Toledo), Heather Elliott-Famularo (Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University & Old West End Resident), Dustin Hostetler (Graphic Designer & Owner, Grumpy’s), & Thomas Porter (Owner, Thomas Porter Architects). The installation of the new window designs was completed on April 15th in time for the final weekend of Artomatic 419!
As evident with the Urban Forest Project, the Young Artist Benches and the Downtown Windows project, small scale public art can have a big impact. While making the city a more vibrant and enjoyable place to live and work, smaller scale projects also allow the ACGT to serve portions of the local artist population that might not have the capacity to execute larger scale commissions.
For more information about the Downtown Windows Project visit www.downtownwindowsproject.com
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