Urban artists will now have a public venue for their artful expressions. Starting Friday, October 6, 2006, artists will be able to draw and paint on 5,500 square feet of space reserved exclusively for them.
The Urban Experimental Art Project, the brainchild of internationally-known artist Jeral Tidwell, a Louisville resident, will have its home on the wall of the underpass of Interstate 65 on East Market Street, between Hancock and Jackson Streets. Sponsoring this project is the Mayor’s Committee on Public Art (MCOPA), with support from the East Downtown Business Association.
“The urban experimental art project will provide a forum for artists to congregate and create art that will be exhibited on an ongoing basis,” said Susan Rademacher, administrator of the Mayor’s Committee on Public Art (MCOPA). “Louisville is a culturally and artistically diverse city, and this project will allow the public to experience that.”
Louisville will be among many European and other American cities that provide a venue for an urban art form. Seattle, New York City, Minneapolis, San Diego and Philadelphia have similar programs.