The City of Spartanburg was selected as one of four cities to participate as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.

Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light brings nine temporary art installations to public spaces in ten neighborhoods throughout the city. The project is a partnership among the City of Spartanburg Police and Community Relations Departments, internationally renowned light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, the Chapman Cultural Center, and neighborhood associations in the city of Spartanburg. Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light builds on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership, and neighborhood camaraderie.

In late Fall 2015, artist Erwin Redl began collaborating with the city’s police department and selected neighborhood associations to design and develop LED light installations that would transform open spaces and create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods.

More information about the project is available at our Visitor Center

Artist’s statement:

Through my work I explore the invisible. Through my process, I investigate the structures that govern what we perceive; the invisible behind the visible.

In the context of public art this means the artwork has to be immersed in the specific conditions of a site and its social circumstances. With the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, art is able to take a leadership role in building community, peacemaking a series of aesthetic interventions.

Each of the nine projects that are a part of Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light is tailored to its specific environment and explores artistic opportunities through light-based installations.

This diversity of approaches and manifestations refer back to my interest in the invisible. Different structures lead to different aesthetic explorations and community engagement possibilities. The citizens of Spartanburg have been inspirational collaborative partners in this process.

~ Erwin Redl www.paramedia.net

Project Team

Junie White

Junie White

Mayor of the City of Spartanburg

Mayor Junie White has directed that all relevant city departments contribute to and support the success of ``Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light.`` He has tasked City Manager Ed Memmott with dedicating necessary staff resources to communicate project ambitions and connect appropriate municipal departments with direct responsibility and authority over the selected project sites. Furthermore, Mayor White has asked all the project team members to explicitly correlate the project to Spartanburg's 2020 Master Plan and the long-term strategic directions it identifies, including a reduction in crime and an increased sense of public safety.

Jennifer Evins

Jennifer Evins

President/CEO of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, Inc.

Jennifer Evins is responsible for the management and oversight of the project. She brings to the project 15 years of significant experience in facilitating and leading successful community wide projects and cross-sector initiatives, including the $42 million planning process, capital campaign, and project management to build Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg's arts center, which opened in 2007 with all debt retired by 2013.

Evins has served as the President/CEO of The Arts Partnership (TAP) since 2011. TAP's mission is to provide cultural leadership for greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens. In addition to owning and operating the Chapman Cultural Center, TAP conducts a United Arts Campaign raising $1.2 million annually, distributes $600,000 in grants, and provides STEAM arts and science education programs across Spartanburg County, including 575 programs serving 104,000 youth and teachers during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Under Evins' leadership, TAP and its eight constituent organizations, including the Spartanburg Art Museum, have partnered with the City of Spartanburg on multiple successful public art projects involving coordination among multiple city departments and other stakeholders. In addition to this experience and a strong financial foundation, the TAP team brings to the project a commitment to innovation, citizen engagement, and cross-sector collaboration.

Erwin Redl

Erwin Redl

Principal Artist

B Born in Austria in 1963, Erwin Redl finished his studies at the Vienna Music Academy with two degrees, a BA in Composition and BA in Electronic Music. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in computer art at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City). Redl is inspired by virtual reality and 3D computer modeling and applies it to the real world through his large-scale light installations.

Redl’s work is owned by prestigious national and international institutions, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; as well as by private collectors.
Redl’s work is owned by prestigious national and international institutions, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; as well as by private collectors.

Alonzo Thompson

Alonzo Thompson

Chief of Police, City of Spartanburg

Chief Alonzo Thompson grew up in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 with a B.A. degree in Political Science. He is a graduate of the 183rd Session of the FBI National Academy, and a graduate of the DEA Drug Unit Commander Academy N° 55. He also completed the Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA-2012) held at the School of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chief Thompson served 30 years with the Winston-Salem Police Department and retired from the agency in January 2014 after having attained the rank of Assistant Chief. Chief Thompson assumed the role of Chief of Police for the City of Spartanburg on February 1, 2014.

After relocating to Spartanburg, Chief Thompson has been engaged in community outreach through visits to schools, churches and civic organizations. Chief Thompson recognizes the importance of unity of purpose and embraces opportunities to work collaboratively with others. He often reminds those around him that, “rising tides lifts all boats,” but also cautions that all boats are not seaworthy. Like broken boats that must be repaired for sea, those among us who are more fortunate, must work to equip those who are lacking so they might be able to reach their full potential and give their best service to their community. Chief Thompson believes that public safety is everyone’s responsibility and that police and citizens must work together to enhance the livability of our city.

Mark Sloan

Mark Sloan

Chief Project Curator, Director and Chief Curator, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, SC.

Mark Sloan has been the Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. The Halsey Institute is a multi-disciplinary, non-collecting contemporary arts museum, with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. In his thirty-two year career he has organized hundreds of exhibitions, ranging from contemporary Japanese installation art to 19th Century Baluchi tribal weavings. Several of his exhibitions have traveled to institutions such as the High Museum in Atlanta, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Presentation House in Vancouver, and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. He has authored or co-authored 14 books on subjects ranging from Russian conceptual art to early 20th century circus life. He is also an active visual artist whose works have been exhibited, published, and collected internationally.

In the public art realm he has worked with dozens of artists on projects large and small. Most recently, he coordinated a citywide public art project with artist Shepard Fairey in Charleston. Along with a gallery exhibition where he was paired with Jasper Johns, Fairey created four large-scale public murals in highly visible public areas, and a site-specific installation in an abandoned storefront. Sloan secured permissions from the City of Charleston (Office of Cultural Affairs, Police, Traffic Safety, Board of Architectural Review, etc.), and worked with painting contractors, scaffolding companies, the power company, and business owners to cooperate on this project in conjunction with Spoleto Festival USA. Additionally, Sloan has worked with Nick Cave, Shimon Attie, Hung Liu, Renee Stout, the Art Guys, Motoi Yamamoto, Long Bin Chen, and Juan Logan (among many others) on public art projects through the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Daniel A Zongrone

Daniel A Zongrone

Project Manager

Daniel Zongrone brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge that includes project management in several construction industries, including both public and private sectors. He will be responsible for technical project management, planning and organizing production schedules with artist, Erwin Redl.

Following his studies in electrical engineering and construction Zongrone was employed as a city electrical inspector in his hometown of Utica, New York. He has been around electrical wiring and music his entire life, his grandfather and father operated Daniels Electric Co., and his parents played music in the evenings. Zongrone relocated to Spartanburg, S.C., as Modernization Coordinator with Spartanburg Housing Authority under the HOPE VI Grant program. He then developed a neighborhood housing services program for Spartanburg County under the HUD CDBG grant program. Later, as Construction Administrator with MBAJ Architects, Zongrone was instrumental on several projects, including the Gettys Broome High School Theater, Union County & Jonesville SC Schools, Anderson County School District and Powdersville High School. He has also worked several “fastrack” projects, including both COSTCO – Spartanburg & Greenville S.C.

Zongrone has also found time to actively pursue his career as performer and composer in several genres of music including jazz, electronics and film soundtrack and has toured the U.S. and Europe as music educator and workshop facilitator. Last year, Zongrone began Kindermusik with Creative Development LLC, Spartanburg – an early childhood development program that fosters a child's love of learning.

Tim Farrell

Tim Farrell

Project Historian, Co-Founder of White Elephant Productions

Farrell has over 20 years of experience as a television producer, videographer and theatre director in New York City.

Farrell was Senior Political Producer of ``Inside City Hall`` -- the NY1 News nightly political show on Time Warner Cable in New York City. For NY1, Farrell designed and oversaw the ``On the Road`` series of more than 30 documentary segment tours of New York's City Council Districts. In addition, he directed and produced tours in city museums and sites such as the World Trade Center and the East Side Access Project below Times Square. Farrell was embedded as part of the traveling press for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and was invited to cover Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa in 2013. Farrell produced NY1's coverage of the Iowa and New Hampshire Republican primaries in 2012, the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions as well as the 2012 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. During his tenure at NY1, ``Inside City Hall,`` won a NY Press Club award and special citations from the Associated Press.

Farrell has also created more than 30 short films and five full-length educational documentary films for nonprofit organizations around the country. Since relocating to Spartanburg, S.C., in late 2014, Farrell has produced several short films for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Middle Tiger YMCA and other community partners.

Robyn Hussa Farrell

Robyn Hussa Farrell

Co-Founder of White Elephant

An award-winning NYC theatre producer and technology entrepreneur, Hussa has over 20 years of experience producing theatre, health education tools and documentary style films that require deep community engagement and high collaborative IQ. For her efforts building prevention programs for K-12 schools in collaboration with national researchers, Hussa received the 2014 Peace Award from Converse College and 2010 Champion in Women's Health award from First Lady of Wisconsin, Ms. Sue Ann Thompson.

Hussa is a national speaker and presenter at medical and educational conferences around the U.S. and is co-Founder of Transport Group Theatre Company in New York City, earning the prestigious Drama Desk award for the company’s breadth of vision and challenging productions.

Elizabeth Dunbar Goddard

Elizabeth Dunbar Goddard

Associate Curator and Director of Interpretation and Outreach, Executive Director, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, S.C.

Elizabeth Goddard has been in the museum profession for well over a decade, serving in many capacities. She began as the Director of Education at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, Mich. During that time, she created dynamic and interactive education programming serving K-adults, designed UICA’s docent program and created UICA’s Digital Collection, which was federally funded through the Institute for Museums and Library Services. As Director of Education, UICA’s Youth Program, ArtWorks was awarded the nation’s highest honor, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award as bestowed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2011. Before Goddard became UICA’s Director of Exhibitions and Interpretation, the education programming served over 8,000 students annually.

In the fall of 2013, Goddard became the Executive Director for the Spartanburg Art Museum. In a short amount of time the museum completed the American Alliance of Museum’s Assessment Program, graduated from the Healthy Organization Institute and is currently one of 10 museums across the country selected to participate in the AAM’s Small Museum Accreditation Academy. The museum underwent a strategic transformation last spring whereupon the Board of Directors agreed to shift SAM’s mission to promote contemporary visual arts through exhibitions and education.

Within her first year at SAM, Goddard developed a temporary public art exhibition, No Vacancies, which utilized vacant commercial spaces in downtown Spartanburg and included partnerships with private business, higher education, community organizations and volunteers. Since 2013, SAM has participated in over 30 community collaborations with other high-impact organizations that have produced some innovative and inspiring programming for our increasingly diverse community. In 2015, Goddard was awarded Museum Educator of the Year Award by the South Carolina Art Educators Association.

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