October City of Missoula Public Art Committee happenings in Missoula, Montana

News & Updates 
2018 TSB's & Montana Rail Link Finalists


Happy Fall! Missoula Public Art has been busy with lots of activity these days. We are so thrilled to have such wonderful projects to work on as a committee and to be able to provide opportunities for local and regional artists. Firstly, this October, five Traffic Signal Boxes were painted or wrapped. Our artists braved brutal weather conditions including cold temperatures, wind and rain to get their artwork finished. Four of the boxes are brand new designs that were commissioned through our selection committee. The fifth box was actually a re-creation of an older Traffic Signal Box that was taken down years ago by the Department of Transportation and replaced with a new, blank box. Thankfully, this year Greg Siple, the artist of, "Biking to Missoula" was able to re-do his signal box for everyone to enjoy once again. If you have not yet had an opportunity to view the work, new boxes are located at: Higgins & Pine, Broadway & Higgins, Orange & Spruce, Higgins & Spruce and Broadway & Orange.





Secondly, the Public Art Committee is hard at work on the Montana Rail Link (MRL) Percent for Art Project. The Committee received a great deal of submissions for our MRL Percent for Art, Call to Artists. The selection committee has now narrowed the pool down to four amazingly talented finalists who will be interviewed by a selection committee come November. The Committee will then select a single artist to commission the work for the MRL park. Everyone is welcome to attend selection committee and interview meetings. The Montana Rail Link park is slated to open in Spring of 2019 with a Missoula Public Art piece to be installed in Summer 2019. 

Image Key:
Top: Karen Slobod (Missoula Style), Hannah Schultz (Huckleberry Haven)
Middle: M. Scott Miller (Pretty in Pink), Greg Siple (Biking to Missoula), Lillian Nelson (Where the Sun Rises)
Bottom: Image Credit to Missoula Redevelopment Agency & Montana Rail Link Design Team

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Committee Meeting Information

Join in on a Missoula Public Art Committee meeting! Every meeting tak es place on the third Tuesday of every month from 4-6pm in the Jack Reidy Conference Room of 140 W Pine, and is open to any and all. If you would like to be privy to the planning of new and up-and-comi ng public art projects, this is the place to be!

You are welcome to attend just to listen and learn, but you may also present a public art idea or ask for advice with your OWN project. This committee is full of savvy members from all realms of the art community, so they are an excellent resource.

If you would like to speak at any meeting, please contact Becca MacLean at becca@artsmissoula.com  she can add you to the agenda. A week's notice is preferable. 

[Left Image: Perseverance & Passage located in Silver Park, by artist George Ybarra]

The Public Art Committee shall endeavor to develop a collection of public art that is of the highest quality, that will encompass a broad aesthetic range reflecting the city and the minds of its citizens, that will improve the quality of life in the area, that will be accessible to all individuals, and be a source of pride to all residents. 
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