The Arts Commission Partners with Jeep Fest for Project

Eye On Art  |  08/09/2018 10:00 am

Jeep Fest and The Arts Commission partnered this year for The Art of Jeep Grills Project. With support from a local parts supplier, Magna International, Inc., sixteen Jeep grills were donated for the project with the intent to be transformed into unique works of arts. The Arts Commission facilitated the creation of nine grills through its summer programming. Three artists - Merce Culp, Tony "Touch" Zawisza, and Bradley Scherzer - were commissioned to create six art grills, two each, during the June and July Art Loop events, where spectators were invited to witness the creations live. The July Loop: Summer Spectacular, featured a partnership with Jeep Fest and the Toledo Mud Hens to offer a miniature Jeep Fest preview during the event. Three additional grills were created by three youth apprentice groups as part of this year's Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program, an annual program presented by The Arts Commission that employs teens aged 14-18 for six weeks during the summer to work under the guidance of professional artists.

Participating YAAW apprentices:
Tierra Adams, Olivia Bibler, Asia Davis, Nick Felaris, Linda Galloway, Malachi Givens, Mikaya Gregory, Iman Hancock, Taylor Hill, Claire Hunter, Damondjae Johnson, Trinidad Martinez, Maggie Marx, Charlotte Mayer, Allison Myers, Destiny Pagan, Sakiah Porchia, Jada Russell, Ethan Warren

The remaining eight grills were facilitated through Jeep Fest and specifically engaged Jeep employees and retirees who are artists to interpret the grills into their own works of art.

Those artists are as follows:
Steve Besidea, Dan Denton (current employee), Shannon Eis (current employee), Ruben Garcia, (Jeep retiree), Adrian Lime, (current employee), Dominique Lloyd, (current employee), Darius Simpson, Deb Westmeyer (Jeep retiree)

The Art of Jeep Grills exhibition will feature all sixteen works and will be on display in the Seagate Center Lobby during the Saturday afternoon of Jeep Fest (August 11). The works will be on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All works will be available as silent auction items, with bidding taking place from noon to 5 p.m. The grills are valued at $300 each, bidding will start at $100 with a $10 minimum increase. Each will also be available at a "Buy It Now" price of $350. All funds raised through the silent auction will be split 50/50 between The Arts Commission's Art Loop and the United Way. 

A Meet the Artist event will take place Saturday, August 11 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Seagate Center Lobby.

Questions may be directed to Ryan A. Bunch, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, 419-254-2787 x1013, [email protected]