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 “Pullin Your Weight,” by Michael Errigo, is located on the Sullivan Building, 225 S. Main St., north of Fourth Street. It is part of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts’ 2019-20 Art Explored program.

“Pullin Your Weight,” by Michael Errigo, is located on the Sullivan Building, 225 S. Main St., north of Fourth Street. It is part of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts’ 2019-20 Art Explored program.

Photo provided by James Krizan


Next batch of artwork sought for Royal Oak Art Explored

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 11, 2020

 “Assembly Line,” by Francis Vallejo, is located on Little Bros. Burgers, 201 W. Fourth St., east of Washington Avenue. The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts recently issued a call for artists to submit works for the 2020-21 Art Explored program.

“Assembly Line,” by Francis Vallejo, is located on Little Bros. Burgers, 201 W. Fourth St., east of Washington Avenue. The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts recently issued a call for artists to submit works for the 2020-21 Art Explored program.

Photo provided by James Krizan

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ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts is seeking applications for its annual Art Explored program. Every type of artist from every city is encouraged to submit proposals through May 1.

The program, now in its seventh year, is a partnership between the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority and the Commission for the Arts to showcase local artwork. This year, officials will select up to 10 pieces of art to be placed throughout downtown Royal Oak.

Artwork will be displayed from July 2020 to June 2021 and will be accompanied by plaques identifying the artist and artwork. A committee will review proposals, and selected artists will receive a $600 honorarium upon installation of their work.

“The Art Explored program is one of the Commission for the Arts’ signature projects,” Jason Gittinger, chair of the Commission for the Arts, said in a prepared statement. “Every year, we are honored to celebrate new artists, as well as old favorites, while bringing color and intrigue to the city’s downtown. Every year, we are humbled to be the curators of such great energy and commitment to our city.”

James Krizan, assistant to the city manager and a Royal Oak Commission for the Arts member, said the city received nearly 40 submissions for the 2019-20 Art Explored program, and the committee selected seven.

The following pieces are now on display:

• “Fractured Excavations Tile Series,” by Nick Wecker, is located on the Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road.

• “Ben Jamin,” by Steve Miller, is located on the Center Street parking deck, 300 S. Center St.

• “House on the Hill,” by Lisa Goedert, is located on Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St.

• “Pullin Your Weight,” by Michael Errigo, is located on the Sullivan Building, 225 S. Main St.

• “Baptized in Dirty Water,” by Ozzie Norman, is located on the South Lafayette Boulevard side of the SMART Transit Center, 202 Sherman Drive.

• “Assembly Line,” by Francis Vallejo, is located on Little Bros. Burgers, 201 W. Fourth St.

• “Quixotic Vision,” by David Petrakovitz, is located on the sidewalk at Center and Fourth streets.

“It’s really exciting,” Krizan said. “Artists are able to get exposure, and it’s a good opportunity to really showcase their work.”

Depending on the number of pieces the committee receives, Krizan said, officials might have to find a few new locations for artwork, but the Art Explored program generally replaces existing artwork with the new works.

The Art Explored program is intended to promote and bring awareness to art in the community, create a vibrant feel in the downtown, draw visitors, and get them thinking about Royal Oak.

The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts also facilitates the summer concert series, the public piano project, the Royal Oak artist laureate, the East 11 Mile Road public art program, and arts and culture grant opportunities.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit www.romi.gov/arts.

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