"Becoming Evansville" is part of Sculpt EVV and is located at Parrett Street and Washington Avenue in the Arts District. It is a collaboration between Joe Smith, professor of art at Oakland City University; Jenny Smith, editor of forty-one-south.com; and Alisa Holen, assistant professor of art at the University of Southern Indiana.
Sculpt EVV, a nationally-advertised, juried outdoor sculpture exhibition, and Art EVV, a juried outdoor art fair and music celebration, are coming to the Haynie’s Corner Arts District on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. The allied events are a partnership between the City of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, and the Evansville Bicentennial Committee.
Twelve sculptures were selected for Sculpt EVV by juror Marilu Knode, executive director of Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. Sculpt EVV is located in and around the Haynie’s Corner Arts District and includes sculptures from all over the country. Artists from as far away as Oklahoma and New York have works in the exhibition.
Art EVV begins at 5 p.m. Friday along with the opening of Clay EVV from 5-7 p.m. in the Adams Gallery, 56-58 Adams Avenue. The Funk starts off Friday’s musical performances, which continue until 11 p.m. (Full schedule below.)
Sculpt EVV guided tours begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and continue until 2:30 p.m. The tours, led by USI students and neighborhood youths from the Sculpt EVV Leadership Academy (funded by the Arts Council) will leave from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Parrett Street near the Bokeh Lounge, 1007 Parrett Street. The first 200 middle school and high school students who complete a tour will receive a free Sculpt EVV T-shirt, and the first 200 kindergarten and grade school children who complete a tour will each receive colored chalks, water colors, and modeling clay.
Art EVV’s musical performances resume at noon Saturday with winners announced at 3 p.m. Inspired by Sculpture, a USI student’s photography exhibition, will open at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Adams Gallery in addition to the Clay EVV exhibition (Saturday open 5-7 p.m.). The exhibitions were organized by Alisa Holen, USI assistant professor of ceramics, and Eric Braysmith, USI instructor in film. Saturday’s visitors will have the opportunity to create their own work with clay in the gallery.
Sculpt EVV and Clay EVV winners will be announced at 8 p.m. Saturday. Sculpt EVV winners will receive $1,000 for third place, $5,000 for second place, and $10,000 for Best-of-Show. All visitors to the exhibit who take a guided tour may vote for the $500 Sculpt EVV People’s Choice award. A $20,000 purchase award also will be given. Clay EVV will award $500 for Best-of-Show.
River City Food Coop, the River City Roller food truck, and other vendors will sell concessions at the event. The downtown trolley will shuttle visitors between the ShrinersFest, Art EVV and Sculpt EVV, and other downtown locations.
Friday, June 8
- 5 p.m. - Art EVV juried arts fair begins and live music (The Funk)
- 5-7 p.m. - Clay EVV opening at Adams Gallery (next to Alhambra Theatre)
- 6:45 p.m. - Flawless Wells
- 8 p.m. - Boat Monkeys
Saturday, June 9
- 10:30 a.m. - Sculpt EVV opens
- 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Guided Tours
- 11:45 p.m. - Sculpt EVV Leadership Academy graduation
- Noon - Art EVV opens and live music (Kennedy Rose)
- 1:30 p.m. - Blind Dog Gatewood
- 3 p.m. - Art EVV winners announced
- 3:15 p.m. - Zion
- 5-7 p.m. - Inspired by Sculpture opens along with Clay EVV in Adams Gallery
- 5:30 p.m. - Boscoe France
- 8 p.m. - Sculpt EVV & Clay EVV winners announced -- accompanied by Boom Squad drum rolls
- 8:30 p.m. - Evansville Fire Family
- 10 p.m. - Smoke Rings