AiPP Welcomes 2014 Juror Steven Matijcio

February 17, 2014

Now in its eighth year of placing public sculpture in downtown Bristol, Art in Public Places is proud to announce that our juror for the 2014 exhibit is Steven Matijcio. Matijcio is the curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Prior to this position he served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from 2008-2013. Matijcio is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York and has held positions in a number of important galleries and museums including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg, Canada), the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, Canada), the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada.

Matijcio was honored in 2010 with a prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for his expansive project paperless. In the summer of 2011 he was chosen from an international pool of candidates to participate in curatorial residencies in Gwangju, South Korea (as part of the Gwangju Design Biennale) and Berlin, Germany (as part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s “Synapse” project exploring the relationship between art & science). In the fall of 2012 he curated the 4th edition of the Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland, which involved a city-wide program of installations, interventions and video projections upon the surfaces of historic buildings. Matijcio’s 2013 essay “Nothing to See Here: The Denial of Vision in Media Art” was recently accepted into the RENEW: Media Art Histories Conference in Riga, Latvia.

Matijcio has also lectured on theory and criticism at the University of Manitoba, written for numerous catalogues and journals (including the Guide to the 27th Sao Paulo Bienal), and was commissioned in 2003 by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to curate one of their first online exhibitions. He remains active as a curator, writer, professor, and researcher.

Thanks to an $80,000 contribution from Eastman Credit Union, Art in Public Places will bring its first commissioned permanent sculpture to Bristol in 2014. It will be a 16 foot tall by 16 foot wide arch representing the railroad, agricultural, coal mining and music industries as well as the natural beauty of the region.

Named Bristol’s Cultural Heritage, it will be located at the Bristol Public Library and will be unveiled in October, 2014. Mary Jane Miller, a local interior designer and active AiPP board member, conceptualized the sculpture. She then worked with world renowned, Abingdon, VA illustrator, Charles Vess, to put her concept to paper and create preliminary sketches. In an effort to keep the project local, Vess recommended local sculptor, Val Lyle, who is coordinating the project with sculptor and fabricator Jim Gallucci of Greensboro, NC.

Longtime Art in Public Places supporters Marcia and Marvin W. Gilliam, Jr., have also donated $85,000 to bring another permanent sculpture to downtown Bristol. The music-themed piece, Take the Stage, will be installed in Cumberland Square Park, across from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Take the Stage was designed by Val Lyle, and is scheduled to be unveiled in early August.

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