After an overwhelmingly successful debut, CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show will return to West Palm Beach with a bigger, more colorful splash. The City of West Palm Beach recently approved Founder Nicole Henry’s bold vision for the 2016 exhibition and beyond. Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, the two-week exhibition in 2015 featured 20 dramatic, inspiring installations and murals on selected buildings and infrastructure throughout the downtown district.
The primary location for CANVAS will be in the green space adjacent to Palm Beach, along highly visible Flagler Drive. The first phase is expected to be ready in November 2016 and includes the Kids Art Park, Chamber Park, Installation Park, as well as a few murals on prominent buildings in the Downtown area. The public will be able to watch as the monumental show comes to life, from concept to completion. Looking ahead, Henry plans to introduce several new dimensions to the outdoor museum show while leaving a permanent footprint year-round.
The Kids Art Park, Chamber Park and Installation Park will feature monumental shipping container and rail car art installations, an outdoor classroom, light installations, a creative playground, pop-up shops and more. A unique playground installation was funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Ms. Lilly Weinberg.
CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show Video
“CANVAS not only added a powerful new dimension to our A&E District, but it gave our visitors another reason to talk about and return to our shops, restaurants and cultural attractions,” said Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “While visitors have been able to enjoy last year’s murals, CANVAS will now have a designated area with installations in public spaces that can be utilized 365 days a year.”
The 10-day experience will run November 11 – 20 throughout Downtown West Palm Beach, now well known for its art and cultural scene. The people and companies driving the CANVAS movement include founder and gallerist Nicole Henry; Mayor Jeri Muoio and the City of West Palm Beach; the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority; the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency; West Palm Beach Art in Public Places; the Related Cos.; Hilton West Palm Beach; GlilddenSpina + Partners; and Downtown Abacoa.
Starting this year, CANVAS will be centrally located along the busy Flagler Drive, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach. The lush green space along the waterfront will be built into a world-class outdoor museum accessible to the public year-round with rotating exhibitions and its annual show in November. The first phase which will come to fruition this year will include a Kids Art Park, Chamber Park, Installation Park, as well as colossal murals. Attendees will find themselves in awe of 14-foot-tall laser-cut sculpture installations illustrating design and technology, exploring 40-foot-long monumental shipping containers with designs that connect art to the landscape and examining railroad boxcar installations that will reflect on the historical significance of Flagler Drive. An outdoor classroom and a playful art-inspired playground will be featured in the interactive Kids Art Park, graciously funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Knight Foundation program director, Lilly Weinberg.
“Last year, as we introduced the public to CANVAS, the community got a taste for its potential and it left a lasting impression on Downtown West Palm Beach. Now we’re realizing a permanent home for the CANVAS Outdoor Museum. CANVAS has become an ingrained component of the art and cultural experience in West Palm Beach now, and I’m thrilled to continue this journey that is captivating the imagination of the international art community,” said Henry. “Today marks the beginning of the installation of both temporary and permanent artworks from well-known artists from across the globe. I can’t wait to show our residents and visitors to Downtown West Palm Beach what we have in store this year.”
With the plans set and renderings approved, we eagerly await the arrival of more than 15 cutting-edge artists from around the world to touch down in West Palm Beach. While the lineup includes some familiar faces from last year’s inaugural show, several new artists are excited to join the roster in the rotating exhibition. World-renowned artists participating in CANVAS 2016 includes: Amanda Valdes; Amber Rae; Astro; Brendan Murphy; Case Maclaim; Filthy Luker; Greg Mike; Griffin Loop; HoxxoH; Hula; Hybycozo; Kobra; Laura Kimpton; Lonac; PichiAvo; Pipsqueak Was Here!!!; Sipros; WRDSMTH; and Zeus. This year’s theme is “connection”, and what connection represents to an artist and to the creative experience.
CANVAS will be augmented by a series of free and ticketed events, including the CANVAS Art Gala on October 22, 2016 at the CANVAS VIP Pop-up Lounge at 1016 Clare Ave., hosted by Bettina Anderson, Lizzi Bickford and Chris Leavitt with a live musical performance by hip-hop superstar Ja Rule. Proceeds from the CANVAS Art Gala will support CANVAS Art Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding visual arts to enrich public spaces and foster social and economic outcomes.
CANVAS schedule of events:
• Oct. 22, 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. – 2016 CANVAS Art Gala “The Intersection of Street Art and High Culture”
• Nov. 11, 7 – 11 p.m. – CANVAS Local Showdown
• Nov. 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – CANVAS Sip + Stir
• Nov. 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – CANVAS Kids Day
• Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 6 – 9 p.n. – CANVAS Art + Fashion Engaged featuring Marchesa Trunk Show
• Nov. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – CANVAS ‘Be Art’ Closing Brunch
You can visit www.canvaswpb.org for regular updates.
Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS brings together the most innovative contemporary artists, collectors, and art influencers from around the world. CANVAS is the creative vision of gallerist Nicole Henry, and supported by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and Arts & Entertainment District, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Nicole Henry Fine Art, West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, Related & Hilton West Palm Beach “Official Hotel Partner,” Downtown Abacoa “Artist Residency Sponsor.”
CANVAS Art Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding the visual arts and an innovative artist in residence program enriching the community through public installations, exhibitions, education, and events to foster social and economic outcomes.
CANVAS is designed to captivate the imagination and enrich public spaces through art. The event brings together the most innovative and contemporary artists from across the globe to build temporary and permanent installations in various parks throughout Downtown West Palm Beach. The theme of this year’s show is “connection,” and artworks will reflect what connection means to an artist and to the world that experiences their art.
“Following last year’s event, we continued to watch the trends from the art world, the way cities are growing organically and this is the perfect time to make CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show even bigger and unlike anything else out there,” said Nicole Henry, the mastermind behind CANVAS. “This year, everything will be innovative and interactive for people of all ages, backgrounds and demographics to experience and enjoy.”
CANVAS Local Showdown
CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show is working closely with GliddenSpina + Partners to conceptulaize the project, a preliminary video of the plans can be found here. The Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Art in Public Places, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the City of West Palm Beach and the CRA are all providing massive support for this year’s event. The groundbreaking is scheduled to take place at the end of June. Currently, the CANVAS Selection Committee is accepting proposals from local artists interested in creating a mural for the CANVAS Local Showdown taking place in the Northwood Village Creative Arts District on November 11, 2016. For more information visit www.canvaswpb.org/local-showdown. The artist application deadline is July 30, 2016.
A series of events will take place between now and the launch of CANVAS 2016 including the Signature Gala on October 22, 2016 at Graffiti Garden Warehouse at 501 Fern Street hosted by Bettina Anderson & Chris Levitt. Please visit www.canvaswpb.org for updates.