Ann Arbor Commission on Art in Public Places

Public Art News

March 10, 2008

Commission Seeks Nominations for Awards Celebrating Public Art in Ann Arbor

Golden Paintbrush Awards to Honor Creators of Outstanding Public Art Projects

Ann Arbor, MI ñ The Ann Arbor Commission on Art in Public Places (CAPP) seeks nominations for its annual Golden Paintbrush Awards honoring individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community that have contributed to outstanding public art projects in the City. The award will be presented by the mayor in front of City Council in June of 2008.

Projects considered for the Golden Paintbrush must be within the city of Ann Arbor and accessible to the public. Nominations may be made by anyone. Those interested in nominating a project should provide their name, address, telephone number, and the name and address of the public art project, person, or organization they are nominating. Nominations should be emailed to Jean Borger, CAPP Administrative Coordinator, at or mailed to CAPP, c/o City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department, 100 N. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104. Digital images or photographs of the art may be included as well. Nominations must be received by April 7, 2008.

Last year, the Golden Paintbrush Awards recognized Mark Tucker and Shoshana Hurand for the FestiFools parade; Robert Dascola, Ellie Serras, and Mike Bergren for Fire Up Downtown; Anne Mondro and the U-M Health System Gifts of Art Program for the Dragon of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams; and Audrey Hayes and Dan Dever for the Stables on Fourth Avenue. Local ceramic artist and teacher J.T. Abernathy received a special Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in honor of his outstanding career contributions to art in the community.

Recipients of the Golden Paintbrush in previous years include the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA), the Arts Alliance (a division of the Chamber of Commerce), U-M's Arts at Michigan program, Joe O'Neal, the South University Area Association and U-M's Lloyd Hall Scholars' Program, Melinda and Thomas Monahan, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Gerome Kamrowsky, Big City Small World Bakery, Barbara Petry, Underpass 7, Peter Allen, Woody Miller, the Utilities Department of the City of Ann Arbor, and the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Founded in 1998, the Commission on Art in Public Places works to encourage greater awareness of, access to, and engagement with public art in the City of Ann Arbor. In 2008 the commission helped to pass a Percent for Art Ordinance to support public art projects in the City. This makes Ann Arbor one of 413 communities nationally with ordinances to fund public art.

For more information, please contact:
Jean Borger, Administrative Coordinator
Commission on Art in Public Places
Phone: 734 945-9309

Margaret Parker, Chair
Commission on Art in Public Places
Phone: 734 663-1276