ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 15, 2019) – The Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) and the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) are excited to announce the three finalists for the River Park Public Art Project. Charlie Brouwer of Willis, VA, Charles Pilkey of Mint Hill, NC, and Jonathan Brilliant of Raleigh, NC have been selected as finalists. The selected artist will design, fabricate, and install an exterior, permanent piece of public art incorporating wood salvaged from the historic Calvin Street Tree that fell during Hurricane Florence.
Thirty-four applications from ten states and three countries were received. Each of the finalists will create a site-specific project proposal and the winning proposal will be selected in July 2019. The work of art will be installed in River Park in Downtown Hillsborough.
More about the three finalists:
Charlie Brouwer (Willis, VA) works primarily with wood, creating sculptures focused primarily on the relationship between humans and their natural environment. He is known for his community engagement “Rise Together” projects, three of which are in NC.
Charles Pilkey (Mint Hill, NC), who grew up just east of Hillsborough, makes public sculptures for a living. His work can be found in parks, campuses, and cities around the world; he is especially excited about this project because of its close proximity to his childhood home.
Jonathan Brilliant (Raleigh, NC) is known for his work with recycled materials, particularly wooden coffee stirrers. He creates and adapts his installations to complement a given setting and is especially interested in the dialogue that happens between pedestrians and visitors to a site while a work is in progress.
For more information visit https://artsorange.org/resources/calls-for-art/calvintreerfq/
Created in 1985 as the official government agency on the arts by a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) serves as a clearinghouse for arts information, facilitator of arts programs and advisor to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners regarding the arts. As the Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council in Orange County since 1985, the OCAC is responsible for sub-granting state and county funds to arts organizations, schools and artists throughout the county. Our mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.