Monday, January 9, 2012
Community is the central theme of a new public art project that is underway at the University of West Georgia.
The project, Howl for UWG, is patterned after Cows on Parade, an international public art project of painted cows that has raised millions of dollars for charity. UWG's version uses the wolf as a metaphor for community. Artists were asked to submit designs for the life-size fiberglass sculptures of wolves. The fundraising project is in need of individuals and groups to sponsor the sculptures, which will be placed in prominent places on the UWG campus and in the Carroll County community. The proceeds from the project will benefit scholarships for the UWG Annual Fund Campaign. A portion of the proceeds will provide scholarships for art majors.
More than 30 artists have submitted proposals. The artists drew from Carrollton’s history and hopes. They reached across cultures and time in their renderings of a howling wolf.
“We are very happy with the quality of the submissions,” said Clint Samples, the UWG associate professor of art who is spearheading the project. The design selection committee hopes that at least 20 of the sculptures will be sponsored.
Students from Carrollton Elementary School submitted six designs. They were studying animal art from Oaxaca, Mexico when the project was announced, Amy Witt one of their art teachers, said in their submission. Many of the students have personal connections to UWG.
In designing their wolves, the students “gained very meaningful inspiration for their own animal art creations,” Witt said.
Local artists and UWG students, graduates, teachers and retired faculty also submitted designs. Among the submissions is “Old Barns” by Lauren Koch, a UWG art major. It features the Dorough family barn in Hickory Level.
“I have watched it fall into complete ruin, regretting that I will never be able to draw or paint it from life,” Koch said in her submission. “Because of this, I rely on the photos of others and wish to honor the history and family that built the round barn.”
Three levels of sponsorship for Howl for UWG are available.
The $10,000 Alpha Wolf sponsors get first choice of the designs from the submissions. Sponsors also get first choice of where the wolves will be placed and miniature, tabletop replicas of the sponsored wolf.
The $5,000 Beta Wolf sponsors will choose from the remaining designs and available locations for the sculptures.
$2,500 Omega Wolf sponsors will get a tabletop replica of the sponsored wolf. The life-size wolves will be auctioned to fund UWG scholarships.
All the sponsors will have their names or company logos prominently displayed on UWG media announcements, promotional material, websites and event signage.
Artists can still submit designs. For more information contact Samples at 678-839-4949 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Norris, UWG associate director of development, at 678-839-6501 or email@example.com.
To see all of the designs go to http://howlforuwg.com/artists.html.
Kevin Shunn, chair of the Department of Art, will design the original wolf mold and Cowpainters in Chicago will create the fiberglass forms.