Wooster Streetscape Art Tile Project winners chosen

Wooster Streetscape Art Tile Project winners chosen
Rhonda Edgerton

Sixty artistic images were recently selected to be permanently displayed in the City of Wooster’s Streetscape Project downtown. The durable ceramic tiles will be featured as part of the design of the new benches in the southeast quadrant of the square.

                        

Sixty artistic images were recently selected to be permanently displayed in the city’s Streetscape Project downtown. The pieces will be created from digital images by Artfind Tile. The durable ceramic tiles will be featured as part of the design of the new benches in the southeast quadrant of the square.

“It really was hard to narrow it down because we had 300 entries which included amazing images of life in Wayne County,” said James Fox, executive director of the Wayne Center for the Arts.

All of the submissions and the selected images are available for viewing on the Wayne Center for the Arts Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wayneartscenter/. The art center had originally wanted to do an exhibit at the Wayne Center for the Arts but was prevented by COVID-19.

The submissions included artwork featuring images of the city and county, farmland and agriculture, and natural settings such as local parks. The artwork included a wide selection of media including traditional paintings and drawings, photography, and fabric art. Submissions were from adults and children as young as six, according to Fox.

“The variety was very impressive,” Fox said. “We have so much creativity here in Wayne County. This project also helps us remain true to our objective of making art relevant and accessible to all Wayne County residents.”

Fox said he thinks the culmination of the Streetscape Project will make the square an even more popular destination and gathering place for the community. “We envision a place where a number of artistic and cultural activities will enhance life in downtown Wooster on a continuing basis,” he said.

The contest was juried by the Wayne Center for the Arts, Main Street Wooster and the mayor’s office.

Fox said the project is part of the art center’s larger vision of becoming more of an integral and visible part of the community.

“We want to expand our exposure beyond our four walls,” Fox said. “We envision WCA artwork being displayed in places like the hospital, restaurants and coffee shops. We want to immerse the city in the artistic vitality that exists in Wayne County.”

An initial collaboration among Joel Montgomery, director of city administration at the Wayne Center for the Arts; Shannon Waller of Main Street Wooster; and Brigid O’Connor of Artfind Tile led to the project, Fox said.

“It would have been much easier just to put up benches, but this (project) was a lot more involved,” Fox said. “We had to design specs, measure and develop a plan for the installation. I am so grateful we have people so dedicated to making Wooster a great place to live.”

Fox said he hopes the tiles will be completed and installed yet this fall.

Also a part of the project was the relocation of the original children’s arch from the square to the front lawn of the Wayne Center for the Arts.

“It was such a great exhibit, and we wanted to save that original creativity for years to come,” Fox said. “And it has come full circle since Brigid O’Connor had done the tiles for the original project several years ago.”

Fox said the children's arch display is just a part of what is proposed to be a larger arts and entertainment district downtown.

The College of Wooster’s applied methods and research experience team is providing feedback to stakeholders on making this happen, according to Fox.

“The program allows college students to apply their liberal arts education to real-world problems, and they have given us great information to help with our planning,” Fox said. “This feels like the kickoff of great things to come.”


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