Art in Public Places (AiPP) is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. AiPP installs art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community.
The Art in Public Places project began in 2006 with the installation of six sculptures in the downtown area. The public response to the original exhibit was immediate and lively, drawing interest and debate from numerous sections of the community, including art students from Vance Middle School and St. Anne’s School. The project has continued to build on its initial success, bringing new sculptures to downtown Bristol each year.
In 2013, AiPP secured sponsorships from Eastman Credit Union and the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation to fund its first two commissioned permanent sculptures for Downtown Bristol. "Take the Stage," sponsored by the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation, was installed at Cumberland Square Park on July 31, 2014. "Bristol's Cultural Heritage," sponsored by Eastman Credit Union, is scheduled to be installed at Bristol Public Library in October 2014.
The Art in Public Places project is funded by donations from area businesses and individuals. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our individual and corporate sponsors for their generous support.
We are proud to bring Art in Public Places to Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. The pieces selected by our juror for each year-long exhibition represent a wide range of artistic styles and themes and add another dimension to the jewel that is our downtown.
Arts in Public Places stands as an advocate for the advancement of and participation in public art. Arts make our lives richer and spark new ways of thinking, communicating, and attracting business. We hope this exhibition will make you think, make you smile, and make you talk about the sculptures and other pieces of art throughout our cities.