Kennesaw’s Smith-Gilbert Gardens seeks proposals from artists

Brick Kennesaw government building with four tall wooden columnsKennesaw government complex (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Are you an artist interested in creating an outdoor work of art to be displayed in a beautiful set of gardens connected by woodland paths?

The City of Kennesaw announced that Smith-Gilbert Gardens is seeking proposals for outdoor art for their Art Blooms 2022 exhibit.

The temporary exhibit will be on display in April and May, with art in locations throughout the garden. The art will stay in place for the remainder of the year.

The work should be nature-themed.

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The press release from the city gives the following further details:

Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ mission is to continue the legacy of Bob Gilbert and Richard Smith, who supported the work of new and emerging artists during their residency at the Gardens.

The invitation is open to all qualified artists, including university students, and does not require an entrance fee. Smith-Gilbert Gardens seeks to have a diverse and inclusive selection of artists to represent the Kennesaw and Cobb County communities. Artists will receive a stipend of $1,500 for the loan of their work. Additionally, Kennesaw Art and Culture Commission will provide a purchase award of $1,500 for a work to be permanently installed in the City of Kennesaw after the exhibit.

Artwork must be an original, one-of-a-kind artwork. Artwork must be able to rest on garden surfaces such as grass and mulched areas. The works must be able to be “maintenance free” for the duration of the exhibition. All exhibition space is outdoors and accessible to the public. Artwork should be appropriate for all ages.

The deadline to apply is March 5, 2022, and applications are available online at https://smithgilbertgardens.com/at-the-gardens/exhibits/.

This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through funds provided by the Georgia General Assembly, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the City of Kennesaw

The City of Kennesaw was incorporated in 1887. With a population of 33,036 according to the recent decennial census, Kennesaw is the third-largest city in Cobb County, behind Marietta and Smyrna.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports the follow facts about Kennesaw, from 2019 estimates (we will update this when the census bureau completes its presentation of the 2020 census):

2019 Population Estimates 34,077

Source: Vintage 2019 Population Estimates

Median Household Income $ 70,930

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Persons in poverty, percent 10.0 %

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher 91.8 %

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Persons without health insurance, percent 12.4 %

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Median Housing Value $ 194,800

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Total Housing Units 13,530

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Number of Firms 3,908

Source: 2012 Survey of Business Owners: Company Summary

Male Median Income $ 39,367

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Female Median Income $ 31,089

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Veterans 1,661

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Percent of households with a broadband Internet subscription 94.0 %

Source: 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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