Call to Artists
Public ARTWORKS is a sub-committee of the Williamsport-Lycoming Arts Council (dba Lycoming County Celebrates the Arts Alliance), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion, awareness, and expansion of public art opportunities in the northcentral PA region with emphasis in the Williamsport urbanized area.
Public ARTWORKS encourages interested artists to respond to this Request for Proposals to develop public art pieces for consideration along the Susquehanna Riverwalk or along West Fourth Street (between Market and Hepburn Streets) in Downtown Williamsport. Proposals will be accepted anytime.
We are formally requesting proposals from interested artists to design, construct, install, and maintain public art piece(s) at one or both of the following locations:
The Susquehanna Riverwalk is located in the City of Williamsport and Borough of South Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA. More information about the Riverwalk can be obtained by visiting the Lycoming County Website.
The Susquehanna Riverwalk, owned by the County of Lycoming, is a six-mile paved public use trail, utilizing the top of the flood levee system along the West Branch Susquehanna River that establishes a re-connection between the river and the City of Williamsport and Borough of South Williamsport, which was lost when Interstate 180 (the beltway) was constructed several decades ago. The Riverwalk is a major regional recreational facility that attracts local residents and out-of-town visitors alike interested in bike-riding, walking, jogging, and other related recreational pastimes and provides significant opportunity as a prominent public space to showcase public art. The Riverwalk is also a gateway to the PA Wilds 12-county area and proposed 500-mile-long Susquehanna Greenway System.
Public ARTWORKS has been working closely with the County of Lycoming to ensure that public art along the Riverwalk is consistent with themes that depict the unique history of the Williamsport area, especially those developed under the PA Lumber Heritage Region Timber Trail initiative. The Lumber Heritage Region and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have provided funding for the interpretative signage, benches, and Muncy artist Pam Madia Barner's Woodhick sculpture, erected in 2009, depicting our region's rich lumbering era. In September 2012, an additional 35-foot-wide stainless-steel fish sculpture art piece, created by Mike Patterson of Oval, PA, was installed along the Riverwalk on the levee flood wall in South Williamsport near the Maynard Street Bridge. The piece, entitled "What Lives in There," depicts nine native fish species found in the Susquehanna River. As a result, there are two public art pieces now on the Riverwalk, and Public ARTWORKS is now seeking development of a third art piece in 2014 as part of this Request for Proposals.
West Fourth Street Public Art
The West Fourth Street Corridor situated between Market and Hepburn Streets located in Downtown Williamsport also provides an excellent venue for display of public art. This corridor is the main travel and pedestrian artery through downtown and is the scene of First Friday and other major community events throughout the year, so public art is very visible and accessible to thousands of people on a daily basis. Several public art pieces already exist along this street.