02/ 12/ 03 CowParade Announces Artist Advisory Board and Artists Painting Regional Themes
Stan Mullins and 16 year-old Ashley Mack chosen to paint cows representing the Southern region
ATLANTA, GA - Feb. 12, 2003 - More than 200 life-sized fiberglass cows painted by local artists will decorate Atlanta's streets this summer as part of CowParade Atlanta 2003, the world's largest public art exhibition. Event organizers announced today the artist advisory board and three regional artists who will paint cows to represent different aspects of the South.
"We are thrilled to have so many prestigious members of Atlanta's arts community involved in CowParade and we're proud to support our local artists," said Evelyn Ashley, chairman of CowParade Atlanta. "In addition to having their work displayed and appreciated publicly - as well as internationally, more than $1.5 million has been paid to local artists since CowParade's Chicago event in 1999."
The artist advisory board includes: Veronika Njoku, Fulton County Arts Council; Fay Gold, Fay Gold Gallery; Nancy Solomon, Solomon Projects; Chris Kowalski, Blue Milk/Paradigm; Brian Holcomb, Saltworks Gallery; Frank Green, Alliance for Cultural Excellence, Jason Wertz, K Moderne Gallery and Marcia Wood, Marcia Wood Gallery. This board will advise the CowParade artist committee on matters related to artist recruitment and design selection and promotion.
"Some people have difficulty understanding contemporary art, but they will find it easy to enjoy the 200 life-size fiberglass cows painted by Georgia artists that will be installed throughout Atlanta," said Fay Gold, president of Fay Gold Gallery. "Public art projects are a great opportunity for local artists to express their creativity. This event is an important resource for the art community and reflects the rapid cultural development of Atlanta."
Professional and amateur artists from throughout Georgia are being called upon to paint and decorate blank bovines. The cows will then be creatively displayed in highly trafficked areas, including city parks, streets, buildings and shopping malls, throughout the summer.
Two regional artists have been selected to paint cows representing the South. Athens artist Stan Mullins will paint a tribute to the civil rights movement and diversity in the South. Ashley Mack, a Roswell high school student, who has been accepted to the prestigious Chicago Art Institute a year early, will paint the skyline of Atlanta. Artists from past CowParade's include: Peter Max, LeRoy Neiman, George Rodriguez and Michael Graves.
"CowParade has been an integral part of my career. It has helped me get out of the studio and bring my art to the people," said Athens artist Stan Mullins who painted Elvis cows for the Las Vegas CowParade and will paint Freedom Cow, a tribute to the civil rights movement for CowParade Atlanta. "The cow sculpture was chosen for a reason. Even a small child can recognize and find comfort in the cow canvas. The cow makes the public stop and chuckle, the art gets them thinking, talking and interacting."
CowParade Atlanta 2003 is currently accepting additional proposals from artists who wish to participate in this public art event. Artists' submissions are reviewed to ensure they meet the basic guidelines of CowParade. Designs must have broad appeal to all ages and be appropriate for public display. Upon approval, designs will be offered to sponsors for their review. Sponsors then select the designs they would like to have transformed into public bovine art. Due to the tremendous response from artists, the deadline for submitting designs has been extended to March 28.
Artists will be notified if their design has been selected beginning in March and continuing through April. Cows will be on public display between June 14 and Sept. 14. Upon completion of the public art exhibit, the cows will be auctioned for charity in late October. Artists that have their design transformed into bovine art are paid a $1,000 honorarium for their work within 30 days of the auction.
Presented by Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain that has become well known for its cow-themed advertising campaign, and hosted by McKenna Long & Aldridge, CowParade Atlanta 2003 is the most recent incarnation of the world's largest public art exhibition designed to celebrate the spirit of fun, art and community. The public art exhibition will run from June 14 - Sept. 14 in public and private venues throughout Atlanta. Upon completion of the public event, the cows will be rounded up and auctioned in late October for charity. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Southeast Division of the American Cancer Society through the Cattle Baron's Ball and TechBridge, a non-profit organization providing high quality, subsidized technology consulting and development services to Georgia charitable organizations.
For further information, call the CowParade Atlanta Hotline at 404-898-2915 or visit www.cowparadeatlanta.com.
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McKenna Long & Aldridge is a full-service law firm of nearly 400 lawyers and public policy advisors with offices in Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Brussels. Formed June 1, 2002 through the merger of Long Aldridge & Norman LLP and McKenna & Cuneo L.L.P., the firm provides business solutions in the areas of corporate law, government contracts, intellectual property and technology, complex litigation, public policy and regulatory affairs, real estate and finance. For more information about McKenna Long & Aldridge visit www.mckennalong.com.
The American Cancer Society is the largest nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information on the American Cancer Society visit the website at www.cancer.org.
TechBridge is an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits use technology to better serve the community. TechBridge provides professional, affordable technology consulting services, innovative technology solutions, and access to the financial, technical and human resources nonprofits need to be successful with technology. TechBridge is an affiliate of the Microsoft-NPower National Nonprofit Network. This year TechBridge has donated more than $500,000 in free software to area nonprofits, and will deliver more than 7,000 hours of professional technology services and programming to help more than 40 nonprofit clients be more effective in improving and enriching the lives of Metro Atlantans. For more information on TechBridge visit www.techbridge.org.
The Cattle Baron's Ball will be held in Atlanta on Saturday, October 11 at the Historic Freight Depot. Howard and Lynne Halpern, founders of Buckhead Beef, are the co-chairs of the inaugural Cattle Baron's Ball in Atlanta. The fundraising event made its debut in Dallas in 1973 and was named for the Cattle Baron's Ball featured on the television show, "Dallas." For more information on the Cattle Baron's Ball contact Michelle James at 404-315-1123.