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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Call for Artists for New Public Art Exhibition

Artists Sought for Hearts on Hartz
Submissions being taken for newest public art exhibition


The Town of Danville is seeking 15 experienced artists who wish to bring their unique designs and artistic talents to a 52 x 52 x 10-inch fiberglass heart sculpture as part of the Town’s next public art exhibition, Hearts on Hartz.

Following the success of this summer’s Dogs of Danville: Unleashed exhibition, and using the funds raised through auctioning off the ceramic dogs, the Town is embarking on another exhibition featuring the work of local artists.  

The 15 heart sculptures will be on display at two Town owned buildings and all along the Heart of Danville’s downtown, Hartz Avenue, for the duration of the summer of 2020. For detailed information on how to apply visit   For this exhibit, the Town is seeking colorful, creative and unique submissions for these sculptures. 14 of the hearts will be the artists’ own designs, while the 15th will need to incorporate Danville-centric themes such as: historic sites and buildings, small-town/charming, recreation/outdoors, foodie-destination/restaurants, family-friendly activities, and arts-focused.  The Town will accept up to three entries per artist. Two original design concepts or three if one is Danville themed (not mandatory).  Deadline for artist submissions is January 24, 2020.

Artists will be selected by a panel comprised of Danville’s Arts Advisory Board and the Curatorial Committee for the Village Theatre and Art Gallery.  Selected artists will receive a $750. stipend for their time and materials upon completion of the heart sculpture.  A clear coat of graffiti varnish will be supplied to the Artist by the Town to ensure their design is protected.

Hearts on Hartz will be on view from June 4 – September 17, 2020, with an Opening Reception at the Village Theatre Art Gallery on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. The heart sculptures will be on display on the patio before they are distributed and installed at their summer sidewalk locations on Hartz Avenue.  At the end of the exhibition 14 of the heart sculptures will be sold in a silent auction during the Closing Reception for the Artists and Sponsors at the Village Theatre & Art Gallery.  One heart sculpture will be retained by the Town for future use and enjoyment by the Town’s residents and visitors.  The Closing Reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Complimentary refreshments will be served. 

For more information, contact Visual Arts Coordinator Marija Nelson Bleier at      (925) 314-3460 or 

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