Outdoor Art in College Station, TX

n College Station, TX, the Arts Council of Brazos Valley made gallery space outdoor

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Arts organizations are always on the prowl for inter esting gallery space. In College Station, the

Arts Council of Brazos Valley took that search outside.

Since 1999, the council has been placing sculptures around the city, and what began as a temporary program with six or seven sculptures now features more than 20 pieces of art that dot the area.

“What we did originally was a loan type of deal, where the art was on loan from the sculptor,” says Craig Hollinger, program director for the council. “Then when the loan period was over, we bought a couple of them outright. It’s just grown from there.”

The public has been very receptive of the program and gets input on a selection committee that narrows down the sub mitted artwork, with the council’s executive director, Padraic Fisher, making the final cut. But even with a broad range of input, beauty remains in the eye of the beholder.

In other words, while some people are drawn to soaring abstracts, others want to see definable shapes.

“We have a representation of both types of sculpture, and it’s always been quite amazing to find people who cannot stand abstract, but they are all about children and animals. And then there are others who don’t want to see another general on a horse, but something that provokes them, makes them think. We have to work to keep a balance,” Hollinger says.

As the program has grown, the city governments of College Station and Bryan have been brought into the process, and have been a part of some of the purchases.

“We’ve been slowly adding them, and are buying about one a year now,” Hollinger says. “We don’t want to oversaturate the community, and there are other things that community funds are being redirected to, so the program is growing slowly for the moment.”

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