DSI’s Art Alley III

Local artists Alli Addicks, Alex Rothschild, Kristin Diehl, Felicia Olin and Jim Edgecomb, Cassandra Pence Ostermeier, and Mikayala Jean will compete to finish a one-day mural.

Our Third Annual Art Alley Pop-up event is a version of the hit TV show “Project Runway.” Six local artist teams will compete to create a mural in only one day, and unveil it at our Reception Party that same night. The muralists will get feedback and awards from judges at the Reception Party, including Miss Illinois Ariel Beverly who is a former Art Educator whose platform is increasing Art Education in our schools. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to vote for your favorite to win People’s Choice.

Thanks to our sponsors Solomon Colors and Springfield Electric, plus Don Smith Paints who is providing the “Brush Rush” before the painting day, when our artists will pick out their supplies donated by Don Smith Paints, just like when the Project Runway contestants visit “Mood” to pick out their samples.

You can swing by during the day to watch the muralists paint for free. To support beautification projects like this through Downtown Springfield Inc, buy a ticket (for only $10 online in advance) and join us at the Reception Party this evening. Advance tickets are five dollars cheaper than at the door the evening of the event (at the door is $15 admission).

The Alley is located on the west side of 5th Street across from the Old State Capitol, between Washington and Adams.

Kidzeum, located only a block away, is hosting a Parents Night Out during this Reception Party so you could drop off the kids there for educational fun and dinner and enjoy a big-city art event!

Get up to the minute announcements on our Facebook event.

Rain date is Sunday, September 15.

Calling Artists for 2019 Art Alley Challenge

Artist Immanuel Ahiable greeting friends and family during our first Art Alley Pop Up.

This year’s Art Alley III Pop Up takes place on Saturday, September 14 — with a twist. Seven selected artists or artistic teams will “compete” by completing a mural in only one day. As night falls, we’ll gather for our Pop Up Party, where guests can vote for their favorite mural — so that we can give the artists prizes! — and to celebrate Springfield’s artistic community.

Tickets are not yet available but all proceeds will benefit DSI’s ARTification Public Art Program.

The Call for Artists has been released thanks to our partners at Springfield Art Association. Please download the Call for Artists and apply today: Art Alley III Mural Competition Call FINAL

Thank you to our sponsors Solomon Colors and Springfield Electric!

You can get your tickets now!  Click here for more details.




Art Alley Pop Up

Downtown Springfield, Inc. and its volunteer Design Council invite you to witness the unveiling of downtown’s newest murals, plus enjoy a one-night, big-city gallery showing with local art, appetizers and drink in a formerly boring-ole alley.

The public is invited to DSI’s Art Alley II on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30-9 pm in the alley between 4th and 5th street just south of Washington. Admission is $10 online (click the link below) and $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit future public art projects, part of DSI’s program for downtown revitalization.

This year’s muralists are Jen Santarelli, Jeff Curtis Williams and artists from DEMO Project. Plus guests will enjoy music by DJ Acid Dad Crash Pad and complimentary appetizers by Augie’s Front Burner. Cash bar is available.

Another popular feature of Art Alley will return again this year – the community-painted mural. Guests will once again get the opportunity to pick up a brush themselves!

This event is only possible because of our sponsors: Solomon Colors, Crawford Murphy and Tilly, and PPG Paints. This year’s building facades were generously provided by the Nickell and Stern Families. Special thanks go to Springfield Art Association staff Erin Svendsen and Corrin McWhirter, members of the Design Council and champions for community art.

About Our Muralists:
DEMO Project (Brytton Bjorngaard, Shane Harris, Allison Lacher, and Jeff Robinson). These Springfield-based artists and frequent collaborators are colleagues in the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Department of Art, Music, and Theater. During its run in a house in Enos Park, DEMO Project gained national acclaim for its contemporary art installations. They are committed to art education through teaching, exhibitions, and community programs.

Jen Santarelli is an abstract painter who is interested in breaking down common objects like maps and comic book pages into their most basic design elements. Her work has been included in shows at the Pharmacy Gallery, SAA’s BackDoor Gallery, Radon Lounge, DSI’s Art Alley, and various pop-up art shows around central Illinois.

Jeff Curtis Williams is a rock musician, fine artist, cycling champion. In addition, these diverse areas of interest have built on each other throughout a 36-year career. Williams is in the band NIL8, a lover of bicycling, and has a true niche of combining his love of cycling and painting, landing his canvases in numerous galleries as well as on the cover of a national magazine.

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