“Flow,” by Molly Diana, is located on Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., as part of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts’ 2018-19 Art Explored program. The commission recently issued a call for artists to submit works for the 2019-20 Art Explored program.

“Flow,” by Molly Diana, is located on Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., as part of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts’ 2018-19 Art Explored program. The commission recently issued a call for artists to submit works for the 2019-20 Art Explored program.

File photo by Sarah Wojcik


Royal Oak accepting applications for Art Explored program

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 4, 2019

 “Reborn,” by Melia Woelmer, is located on the South Lafayette Avenue side of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation transit center, as part of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts’ 2018-19 Art Explored program. The commission recently issued a call for artists to submit works for the 2019-20 Art Explored program.

“Reborn,” by Melia Woelmer, is located on the South Lafayette Avenue side of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation transit center, as part of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts’ 2018-19 Art Explored program. The commission recently issued a call for artists to submit works for the 2019-20 Art Explored program.

File photo by Sarah Wojcik

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ROYAL OAK — It’s that time of year again.

The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts is appealing to artists far and wide to apply to its 2019-20 Art Explored program, in which local artists’ art installations are installed throughout the city’s downtown district.

The program, which began in 2013, 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 deadline to apply this year is May 1.

The city received approximately 40 submissions for the 2018-19 Art Explored program, and a subcommittee took a juried approach to select the top six to be installed around the city.

The six pieces of artwork will be on display until June 2019. At that time, the new selections will be installed for residents and visitors to enjoy for the next year.

James Krizan, assistant to the city manager and Royal Oak Commission for the Arts member, said the group would love to be able to select up to 10 pieces of art to display around the city this year.

“We’ve got some submissions already in the last week or so, and it seems to be picking up,” Krizan said. “The hope is that the artists make our job difficult.”

He said the subcommittee consists of members from the Commission for the Arts, as well as members of the Royal Oak Arts Council.

“We’re looking for anything from two-dimensional to sculpture,” he said. “Basically, what we’re looking for is creativity and passion.”

He said the program is open to anyone interested in applying, and, in the past, featured artists that have come from as far away as Cadillac and Grosse Pointe.

“We’ve brought some fantastic pieces to our downtown. It’s constantly growing and one of our more successful programs,” Krizan said. “It changes the entire landscape.”

He credited some of the program’s success to its fluidity. While most of the works of art are displayed for a year, sometimes the artist or the commission opts to display it for longer.

“It makes it fun and allows for more creativity,” he said.

Jason Gittinger, chair of the Commission for the Arts, said he was excited to see the new submissions of artwork.

“While the artists selected receive a modest stipend, it pales in comparison to the mountains of thought, time and effort that they pour into their art,” Gittinger said in a statement. “We could never purchase that, and each season of the program, we are humbled to be the curators of such great energy and commitment to our city.”

“JFK,” by Desiree Kelly, is located on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1669, 214 E. Fourth St.; “Dragon Library,” by Dylan Yates, is located on the Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road; “Strength in Life,” by Sandra Cook, is located on the Center Street parking deck, 300 S. Center St.; “Flow,” by Molly Diana, is located on Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St.; “UHF,” by Tim Gralewski, is located on the Sullivan Building, 225 S. Main St.; and “Reborn,” by Melia Woelmer, is located on the South Lafayette Avenue side of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation transit center at 202 S. Sherman Drive.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit www.romi.gov/arts or call Royal Oak City Hall at (248) 246-3000.

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