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October 13, 2012

Artists wanted for exhibit on Kansas mining heritage

PITTSBURG, Kan. — SEK Art Fest 2013 is seeking 24 local artists from the Four-State Area for a large public art exhibit for downtown Pittsburg. The exhibit will take place from May to September and will have the theme “Mining Memories” to celebrate the mining heritage of Southeast Kansas.

Interested artists can submit proposals for how they would decorate large fiberglass coal buckets. These coal buckets will be white, 4-feet high and 3-feet wide made from whatever medium is imaginable. Similar festivals have seen statues decorated with paint, mosaic tile, decoupage and other materials. Artists may submit multiple designs for consideration; however, only one design per artist will be selected. The artists’ designs of the coal buckets must answer the question: “What makes Southeast Kansas great?”

Designs will be selected by a panel that includes local artists Tim Towner, Portico Bowman and Heather Horton of Pittsburg. Artists whose designs are selected will be commissioned and given a stipend of $500 to complete the work. Six alternates will be selected.

Guidelines and applications for artist submissions are available at Artists must send in their applications and proposals by Dec. 7.

SEK Art Fest is a joint effort of the Little Balkans Festival Association, Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation, Miner’s Hall Museum and the Crawford County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Organizers intend the SEK Art Fest to complement the region’s annual Little Balkans Days festival.

Similar festivals has been successful in other communities and in several countries around the world, the most famous being the “Cow Parade” in Chicago.

‘The Way We Worked’

SEK Art Fest 2013 will coincide with the Smithsonian Institution exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” at the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kan., in May 2013.


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