200 artists, 200 (10"x10") birch panels, no theme. One needs no experience or education in the arts to have submitted a panel to be included in Untitled Lancaster, an art show opening this Friday at Levengoods of Lancaster, and there is no curator to determine if the art should be hung. As a result, the show puts all of the work on equal ground. A novice painter might have work next to a renowned local artist.
Born from the success of Sunshine Art+Design’s original Untitled Lancaster show in 2015, organizer, Annie Kerekgyarto wanted to bring the city together again in celebration of the upcoming Governor’s Awards for the Arts. Kerekgyarto explained: “Sunshine Art+Design was created with the goal of providing opportunities for the surplus of artists in our community to share their talent, and in the process of sharing their talent, to have the opportunity to grow and learn as an artist through the experience and interaction with others in the community. During my journey as creator and curator of the gallery (2014-2016) there was only one show that achieved all of those goals. Untitled Lancaster, with its inclusivity, and appeal to experts, amateurs, students and children, truly gives our art community the opportunity to connect with each other, to learn from each other and to feel the joy of creating without any constraints or pressures. I am so thankful and excited that Lane Levengood, of Levengoods of Lancaster (now located in Sunshine Art+Design's former space) was willing to host Untitled Lancaster. It’s a dream come true to be able to bring our art community together, and raise funds for future Lancaster Public Art Projects at the same time.”
A portion of sales will go to Lancaster Public Art, a program of the City of Lancaster, that commissions public art projects with a focus on equality, livability and excellence. By creating meaningful collaborations that magnify Lancaster’s distinct sense of place through public artworks and engaged communities it is yet another path to highlighting the best our city has to offer. Public Art Manager, Joanna Davis Seedorf, explains, “Not enough city residents and stakeholders know about the public art program. It is focused on building a thriving community with individual and collective creative projects. We have a really exciting ten-year plan to work from that lays out five focus areas to help our neighborhoods thrive, not only through beautification, but also with creating viable pathways for communication and collaboration between neighborhoods, community organizations and the City. Art has a wonderful ability to approach social change and foster community problem solving that can expand policy and activism. It can allow people to think outside the box and breakdown social constraints.”
Lancaster Public Art is part of the City of Lancaster but has no budget of its own. Projects are funded on a case by case basis - through partnerships, grants and donations. Funds collected from Untitled Lancaster will go towards the Temporary Art Program (TAP), a new initiative from Lancaster Public Art that will assist local artists in making public art on city-owned property. The TAP program will assist them through the process to see their work through completion including identified potential community partners and funding sources as well as getting the right permits needed to insure that it will not be taken down by the city. “We want to empower the amazing creative talent that we have in Lancaster. This program will build local artist’s professionalism, give them important work for their resumes and help them get used to working through applications that can feel like red tape, but are necessary for an arts professional.”
Untitled Lancaster opens on First Friday, October 6th and will run through October 28th at Levengoods of Lancaster, 104 West King Street, Lancaster. There will be a special Governor’s Arts Awards happy hour at Levengoods on October 26th from 4-6pm before the awards ceremony.