Art Walk in Elmwood Park

The City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission announce a third temporary art exhibit in the Art in Roanoke (AIR) program. This one will take place in Elmwood Park as ten sculptures are placed on the Art Walk. Addressing the theme “The Natural City”, the works will be installed in May and on display for eighteen months. During Festival in the Park May 22-24 viewers will have a chance to vote on their favorite piece and the winning artist will receive a People’s Choice Award. A web site is being set up for voting and paper ballots will be distributed over the course of the festival.

According to Arts Commission Chair Tom McKeon, We chose the theme "The Natural City" because the public art survey we conducted last spring told us that respondents align the spirit and personality of Roanoke with the natural landscape. Also, downtown was the number one location where citizens told us they wanted to see more public art.

A selection panel of citizens and city representatives reviewed 104 entries from 51 artists to narrow the show down to the following works:

• Sustain by Charlie Brouwer of Willis VA

• Cougars and Eagles by Robert Clements of Athens GA

• Ask the Fish 2.0 by Stephen Fairfield of St. David AR

• Descending Night by Jack Howard-Potter of Brooklyn NY

• Life Cycle by Hanna Jubran of Grimesland NC

• Peak Between the Trees II by Mark Krucke of Garner NC

• Leaf by Dan Kuehl of Roanoke VA

• Celebration by Cecilia Lueza of Miami FL

• Rawrenok by Anthony Heinz May of Brooklyn NY

• Rising Puzzle by Jacob Smith of Roanoke VA

According to Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the city four of the pieces will premiere in the Roanoke exhibit. The works by Kuehl, Lueza, May and Smith and all being produced especially for the show. Additionally, Mr. May will make his work from trees saved from the Elmwood Park restoration which have been in storage.

The Public Art Program is funded by a Percent for Art ordinance, established by the city as a way to fund art to reflect its vibrancy and enliven public spaces. The funds come from one percent of certain items within the city’s annual capital improvement budget.

For more information, or to obtain images of the works, please contact Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture coordinator at or 540-853-5652.