Gus Moran’s “Leaves of Grass” was unveiled before a decent-sized crowd on Broad Street last evening. The band from the Downtown Thursdays gathering on the green, the next block over, paused for the big reveal.
So finally, after just one false start, is the second in a series of six outdoor public art displays in downtown Bridgeport.
The six artists are presenting their works for two months in the year-long, rotating exhibit on view on the Broad Street side of 211 State St.
The exhibit will culminate in the selection of a grand prize winner and a people’s choice winner, with cash awards of $1,000 and $250 respectively. The judges are Robert Curcio, co-founder of the Scope International Art Fairs and gallerist, New York; MaryAnn Fahey, curator and gallerist, Umbrella Arts, New York; Emily Larned, professor, graphic design, University of Bridgeport; John Favret, director, Housatonic Community College Art Department; and Penny Harrison, an arts consultant.
Artists were announced in February.
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