City officials are working with the Owensboro Art Guild to coordinate the creation of four murals that would exemplify Owensboro.
Three of the murals will be painted downtown — on the parking garage facing Allen Street, the Riverwalk Razor building facing the parking lot, and a wall at the end of the Glover H. Cary Bridge. The fourth will be painted at Kendall-Perkins Park.
Lelan Hancock, assistant city manager, said the City AARP offered $60,000 for the project. He said the City engaged the local Art Guild to solicit their talent and expertise to help recruit artists and volunteers.
“It’s exciting to be finally moving forward with this,” Hancock said, noting that the theme for the murals would be centered around Owensboro. “It can be something that has occurred, something that people would like to see, but something that’s reminiscent of Owensboro or makes you think of Owensboro.”
The Art Guild is hosting a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the back patio of the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront to provide a briefing and hold a Q&A session for artists interested in getting involved with the project.
“I think the downtown murals are a fantastic opportunity for both the artists and the city,” said Selma Wiesenberg, director of Owensboro Art Guild. “Public art is so important to a community, and for a city the size of Owensboro to be able to do several murals is beyond exciting. The mural projects are also a big excitement for the Art Guild.”
While the logistics and details of the project are still in the planning stages between the two organizations, Hancock said the Art Guild should submit their proposals by the end of the month.
The City will make the final approval and the projects may begin by late July or early August, Hancock said.