Blumenthal to honor eight Carolina artists at Spirit Square

By CLTure News

January 19, 2016

Blumenthal Performing Arts announced today they will honor eight legendary artists from the Carolinas with original art installments dressing the columns in the Spirit Square atrium. Local talent will be commissioned to paint the columns and the public is invited to nominate potential honorees.

“Since the Carolinas are so rich with talent we wanted to honor a few of the greatest artists from the area in a unique way,” said Tom Gabbard, Blumenthal President and CEO. “We are particularly excited to pay tribute to legendary artists while also giving current visual artists in the Charlotte area an outlet to exhibit their talents.”

Blumenthal Performing Arts is working with Charlotte artist Matt Hooker to designate the artists commissioned to paint the columns. Hooker was one of 10 graffiti artists who painted the columns in the Knight Theater lobby in celebration of Breakin’ Convention last October.

American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simone from Tryon, North Carolina.

“After the success and positive response we received to the work of these artists in the Knight Theater lobby, we decided to look for another project. The installation in the Knight was only for a few days, so we wanted to find a way to showcase their work for an extended period of time,” said Gabbard.

In order to determine the eight honorees, the public is invited to nominate a legendary artist that was born in or has another strong connection to North or South Carolina.

Submissions will include fields for the artists’ names as well as give those nominating the opportunity to explain their selection. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 5 at 12 p.m. EST.

The honorees will be selected and announced in mid-February, at which time the local painters will begin painting the columns.

The nominees can be from a wide variety of mediums within the arts, including visual arts, literature and the performing arts.

Nominate a legendary Carolina artist to be honored.

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