SPRINGDALE, Ark. (August 18, 2022)–The windows of the Famous Hardware building in Downtown Springdale are once again activated with an art installation. This time the windows have been brought to life by the artist Amelia Briggs who was commissioned by Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) with funding from the Tyson Family Foundation.
Amelia Briggs is a multidisciplinary artist based in Nashville, TN. Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States including exhibitions in Paris, France; Florence, Italy, and London, UK. Composed of sewn, reclaimed fabrics, fiber, oil and latex, Briggs constructs objects and images that operate as whimsical characters from an unknown animated universe. Pony Gate, her installation for the Famous Hardware Store, acts as a series of dioramas. Each of the store’s windows illuminate the link between our sense of self and our childhoods.
The #famoushardware art installations, which began at the beginning of 2021 have featured a variety of artists from across the county. The installations are intended to make art accessible to the Springdale community and create new experiences for people visiting the downtown. Each installation will be visible from the sidewalk in front of the Famous Hardware building located at 113 West Emma Avenue and will be explained in English, Spanish and Marshallese.
Below are the art installation details:
- Briggs will install Pony Gate from August 24-28.
- CACHE will host an artist talk on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 pm at 214 S Main Street.
- A public reception will be held with the artist on Thursday, September 28 at 7pm at the Famous Hardware Building located at 113 West Emma Avenue
- The art installation will be in place through the end of November.
More information about the art installation can be found at downtownspringdale.org.
ABOUT DOWNTOWN SPRINGDALE ALLIANCE: Downtown Springdale Alliance is a nonprofit that was formed in 2011 with a mission to create vibrancy in our dynamic downtown. For more information, visit www.downtownspringdale.org.
ABOUT CACHE: CACHE formed in 2019 to act as the central regional agency committed to connecting, supporting and developing the region’s arts, culture, and creative communities. CACHE will bring cohesive vision and strategy to the region’s organic creative activities, uplifting local artists, the nonprofit sector, municipal leadership, creative industries, and arts philanthropy and investments. CACHE programs include the Arts and Culture Bridge Fund, OZCast, region-wide cultural planning, the Music Ecosystem Strategy and Action Plan, ARt Connect, and the Arts Resource Desk. Learn more at cachecreate.org.
ABOUT THE TYSON FAMILY FOUNDATION: Established in 1970, the Tyson Family Foundation supports efforts for education, health, arts and culture and youth programs as well as a scholarship program for Tyson Foods employees and their families. The foundation has endowed and supported local, regional and national organizations committed to furthering access to knowledge, promoting creativity and supporting communities. The Foundation is currently led by President Olivia Tyson.