GULFPORT Ė The Gulfport Merchants Association is currently seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation to be located adjacent to the city's iconic Gulfport Casino, located on the Gulfport waterfront.
All artists are welcome to submit proposals, which must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 14. For details, including a downloadable application, visit www.GulfportMA.com.
Owen Pach, vice president of the GMA and president of the Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport, will act as liaison for the application process.
The Gulfport Merchants Association is a nonprofit civic organization dedicated to the advancement of business in the Gulfport Waterfront District. The GMA raises funds primarily through membership dues and sponsored events, including its twice-monthly Art Walk, weekly Tuesday Fresh Market and the annual Gecko Fest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl. Funds are used primarily to promote and advertise Gulfport as a destination for visitors. However, the GMA is also committed to supporting local charitable causes and has donated many thousands of dollars to local organizations.
The GMA is also committed to supporting art in the Gulfport community and has previously funded two public art installations flanking the entrance to the waterfront business district at Beach Boulevard and 29th Avenue South, by artists Frank Strunk III and Owen Pach. For 2014, the GMA is investing considerably more in its commission of a single public art installation, with $8,000 being awarded for the project, to include all associated costs. This public art installation, next to Gulfport's most famous historic landmark on the city's waterfront, will be highly visible for generations.