Nearly 300 Professional Artists from Around the Globe Selected for Exhibition Opening September 7, 2014 to Promote Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), Winchester, Virginia, has today announced the names of 287 artists from around the globe whose works are included in the exhibition Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, which opens at the MSV on September 7, 2014.
The artists, who represent every U. S. state and 35 other countries, all responded to a challenge, issued by the nonprofit Landfillart Project of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to transform discarded hubcaps into works of art. The complete list of artists is now posted online at www.theMSV.org.
According to MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans, the Museum decided to organize the unique exhibition after its creative team learned of the Landfillart collection, traveled to Pennsylvania to view it, and judged the objects and the “reduce, reuse, recycle” message that inspired them to have universal appeal.
Landfillart founder Kenneth Marquis—environmentalist and owner of picturing-framing businesses and art galleries in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania—says the idea for the hubcap project occurred to him when he encountered a pile of rusty hubcaps for sale at an auto show in 2008. He purchased the lot with the idea of challenging artist friends to turn the hubcaps into art to demonstrate the potential of creative reuse. The idea captured the interest of artists and rapidly spread. Today, the Landfillart collection numbers more than 1,000 works of art from artists across the globe. While the entire collection is online at www.landfillart.org, Second Time Around marks the first time any of the objects will go on view in an exhibition.
Following the closing of the exhibition at the MSV on March 1, 2015, an abbreviated version of Second Time Around is tentatively scheduled to travel nationally under the auspices of ExhibitsUSA of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization based in Kansas City that creates and manages regional, multi-regional, national, and international programs.
MSV Director Evans anticipates that exhibition-goers will be astonished at the scope of creativity, skill, and artistic disciplines that the objects of Second Time Arounddemonstrate. Artists not only used the hubcaps as metal canvases upon which they painted, but also as material to construct sculptures, with the largest object in the exhibition being nearly eight feet tall and weighing more than 600 pounds. A number of objects illuminate or are kinetic, and many incorporate found and repurposed objects in addition to the hubcap.
According to Evans, Second Time Around will provide a dense, visually rich experience, with objects stacked on some walls nearly floor to ceiling, presented on pedestals, and overflowing out into the Museum’s lobby spaces. “Visitors will be greeted by an explosion of color and creativity that this massing of hubcap art provides,” says Evans. She anticipates that visitors of all ages will find Second Time Around to be both fun and educational. Evans expects children to be especially intrigued by fanciful objects that artists created from hubcaps, including, to name a few, a large ant, flying saucers, fish, and even a “junkyard dog.”