What type artist creates urban art?

My hope is the Henderson Art Project will stretch artists' perception of what type art they create.  Urban art is work that must be able to set in a city environment and still have an aesthetic influence.  Sitting next to a telephone pole or a stop sign, which is the art?  Do we simply separate the two because of functionality?

Are sculptors the only artists capable of creating a piece of work that can impact a community -
urban art?

Can the artist specify where their art should be placed?

It is suggested that artists visit proposed sites on the street and use the details to create their work or mention how their art will fit best in any given spot.  Although an artist might request a specific placement on the street, it will be left to the judging committee to recommend which art is best suited for a specific placement on the street.

Is there a suggested or minimum size for art submitted?

The short answer is there are no size requirements, but the longer response is it can’t be too big
and it can be too small. 

A term that I have embraced for the Henderson Art Project is urban art.  For the purposes of this contest urban art means fine art placed in an urban environment and what is required for this art to compete with the elements.  This includes weather; everything is outside, heavy auto and foot traffic, and most importantly the busy-ness of such a street as Henderson.  There are light poles, street lamps, stop signs and fire hydrants which create a clutter and forces the art to fight for attention.

The artist must consider size, color and motion of the piece as well as safety and security issues. 
Go to aerialmap to view proposed art sites and descriptions.

Who is responsible for the art pads?

All art placed on Henderson Avenue will be on private property.
In some instances art will be anchored on concrete, private sidewalks, asphalt, and even grass placements.  Click on the dots from the aerial map, for details about each proposed art placement spot.  Artists are responsible for considering how their work will be displayed and secured.

Do artist need to insure their art?


Insurance is not required for art to be submitted, but the Henderson Art Project is not responsible for any damage or theft of the art work placed on the street.  All art is placed on private property and will fall under the property owner’s general policy, but this does not include settlement to artists. 
Art is placed at the artist’s risk and should be considered in creating and placing the work.

How much is the stipend awarded to the 13 selected artists?
Each of the 13 artists selected will be awarded an $800 stipend.

When will the art be installed?
The installation window for winning artists is between February 26 - March 16, 2011

Will the pieces selected be available for sale during the two year period?


The pieces are for sale, but must stay for the 2 year placement.  Even though a stipend of $800 is paid to the 13 selected artists and then the prize money 3,500/2,500/1,500 is awarded the work remains the property of the artists.  My goal is for the artists to sell their work and I’m even hoping the sponsors of the contest will like the work so much they purchase the art.  Incidentally, there is no commission for art sold and I will do everything I can to promote the work, including making sure we have good signage next to the art.

Since the work is for sale, when would the buyer be able to take possession?


2 years from placement date.  March 20, 2013.  This will be an ongoing event and we will be rotating the work.  (At least seven each year)

Is the judging panel locked in, or is it a work in progress?

  This area of the event has become something I’m passionate about.  It is definitely a work in progress and anyone who is a leader in the art community needs to be involved.  If you have suggestion/ideas, please let me know.  I’ll be adding judges up to the last minute.  The goal is to connect artists with art professionals and leaders.  (It goes both ways – those same leaders get to see some amazing work they might not see in their daily jobs.)

What amount and kind of traffic does the area have?

  Henderson Avenue, best known as Knox/Henderson because west of Central Expressway is Knox Avenue (Apple Store, Crate & Barrel, Chuy’s, & Restoration Hardware), east of Central Expressway is Henderson Avenue (Sushi Axiom, Old Monk, Cuba Libre Café, & the Pearl Cup).  Henderson is a classic inter-city street that intermingles retail/residential/restaurants/bars with the Newflower farmer’s market at the far east end of the street.  It is definitely a Dallas destination for restaurant and bars, but it is a long street and has a lot of auto traffic, some foot traffic and high/low income neighborhoods.  The most appealing aspect of Henderson Avenue is it’s recognizable name in Dallas and the publicity such a street will attract as the art impacts the culture of the area.

How secure is the area in regards to vandalism?

  The art is exposed, unprotected, and wide open to vandalism.  Since starting this project, the term urban art has become important to describing what the artists must consider. I’ve posted a few thoughts about urban art on the blog.  http://blog.dallasurbanart.com/  The art placed on Henderson Avenue must live with the community and will not be separated.  I really like the idea of introducing Fine Art to an urban environment and interested in the conversation that will arise as we explore what this means.  No pedestals, no spotlights, touching is going to happen, and the background will more than likely be busier than the art.  These are all considerations for the artists.  How can a street lamp become a spot light and how must the art interact with city signs and telephone poles. 

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