What: Creative Gateways: Imagining Frederick’s Unique Identity Reception & Engagement Event
When: Saturday, March 5, 2022 5-8p (Film Screening: 6p)
Where: FAC Art Center (third floor) at 5 E 2nd St, Frederick, MD 21701
The Frederick Arts Council presents Creative Gateways: Imagining Frederick’s Unique Identity. This exhibition brings together the creative vision of more than 20 individual artists who have contemplated the potential of public art in roundabouts and gateways to activate the county’s distinct cultural, historical, and ecological identity.
The reception and engagement event will include a screening of a film of the charrette featuring a critique by public art administrator Angela Adams and artist John Nicholas Hutchings facilitated by FAC public art manager Nicole Ringel as they provide feedback on selected models.
Comment cards are available for each patron to submit ideas, feedback, and thoughts throughout the duration of the exhibition.
“Our vision for the public art program is a Frederick where public art connects residents and visitors, expresses an authentic and unique sense of place, drives economic prosperity through creativity, and advances a culturally inclusive and empowered future,” said Louise Kennelly, executive director of the Frederick Arts Council.
Viewers are invited to consider each model in tandem with its written statement detailing the artist’s vision for their idea of a county-wide proposal. Frederick County transportation maps are hung on the walls of the space as an indicator of potential sites that could be activated with public art as this initiative continues.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Reviewers include Angela Adams, Director of Public Art, Arlington Economic Development/ Division of Cultural Affairs and artist John Nicholas Hutchings, chair of the art department, faculty chair and Associate Professor, Mount St Mary’s.
Exhibition Artists include Elliott Hamilton, Cecilia Lueza, Nathan Pierce, Fanni Somogyi, Kirk Seese, Bobby Zokaites, Biz Drouillard, Jack Elliott, Dave Kinsey, Sujin Lim, Julie Maynard, Michael McDermott, Billy Joe Miller, Michael Neumann, Joshua Welker, Justin Tyler Tate, Roy Secord, Chico Santos, Lisa Reed, Kaytea Petro, Seth Palmiter.
Creative Gateways: Imagining Frederick’s Distinct Identity runs through March 31, 2022.
Creative Gateways Informational Brochure and Artist Bios
Film production was undertaken by 3 Roads Communications: www.3roads.com
About the Frederick Arts Council
The Frederick Arts Council invests in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County. The organization fosters an environment where the arts flourish in the community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources. FAC is responsible for large-scale programming such as the Frederick Festival of the Arts, Sky Stage, Frederick Public Art Initiative, Art in the Park, and Frederick County’s Arts in Education grants. For more information about the Frederick Arts Council, visit, www.
Photo: model by Nathan Pierce