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☷ Bentonville Arkansas - Bentonville Public Art Advisory Committee  to Unveil New Art Installation at Train Station Park 08 July 2022★★★ ( news )

☷ Bentonville Arkansas - Bentonville Public Art Advisory Committee to Unveil New Art Installation at Train Station Park 08 July 2022★★★ ( news )

Bentonville , state Arkansas
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   The City of Bentonville’s Public Art Advisory Committee ( PAAC ) is pleased to announce the permanent installation of
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    by sculptural artist Timothy Jorgensen in Train Station Park . A public unveiling of the work will be held at the park , 400 S . Main St . , at 5:30 p . m . on Thursday , July 14 .  
   Found
    is a 9 - feet - tall sculpture consisting of different styles of letters that form “Bentonville” in a stacked jumble . Many letters will have a polished steel face that will reflect the viewer .  
   “
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    stands as a beacon of pride , reflecting the faces of people as they pass by; capturing a moment of their time to reflect on who they are and where they come from , ” Jorgensen said . Jorgensen , who is from Cedar Falls , Iowa , is a full - time instructor in the Department of Art at the University of Northern Iowa . He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from that university and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin . His work is found in several locales throughout the Heartland , including at the Ames Municipal Airport in Ames , Iowa . Jorgensen’s work has been on view in 15 exhibitions over the past seven years .  
   Last fall , PAAC issued a Request for Proposals for Artwork inspired by large - letter installations from around the world . The committee selected Jorgensen’s proposal out of 23 received .  
   The City of Bentonville established a public art policy and PAAC in 2007 to facilitate art in “successful and engaging public spaces of distinctive character , where citizens will encounter works of public art that will surprise and delight with artwork that celebrates the city’s history , its entrepreneurial spirit , and growing diversity . ”  
   Found
    is the 17
   th
    permanent or temporary work introduced through PAAC in partnership with Visit Bentonville , contributing to the more than 130 public artworks found throughout Bentonville .  
   PAAC committee members are appointed by the mayor and approved by Bentonville City Council . The committee is responsible for: 
   Serving in an advisory capacity to the council for recommending artwork to be placed on public property; 
   Providing technical advisement on the development of a public art program; 
   Following the adopted
   Public Art Policy
    for the City of Bentonville .  
   The city and PAAC also adopted the Bentonville Art Strategic Plan for 2022 - 2024 to “be used as a roadmap to help city leadership and citizens understand the long - term value and direction of public art in Bentonville . ” Core principles of the plan include: fostering diversity , equity and inclusion; enhancing the community’s visual environment; promoting awareness of the city’s social , cultural , and historical composition; and increasing excitement , access and engagement with public art .  
   These city - sponsored efforts are accompanied by the work of other organizations – such as OZ Art NWA , Crystal Bridges , and the Momentary – that contribute to making Bentonville a premier cultural destination .  
   Guest speakers at the unveiling of
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   will include Jorgensen and Mayor Stephanie Orman . It will be followed by photo and interview opportunities .  
   For additional information on this and other public artwork in Bentonville , visit
   
   www . bentonvillepublicart . com
    .  
   

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