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New WHS seeks artist

Article Published: Apr. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Watauga County Schools and the Watauga Arts Council have teamed up to challenge a lucky area artist in a big way.

With the new Watauga High School months away from its grand opening, WCS and WAC want an artistic bridge to always remind students of their N.C. 105 roots.
That's where you might come in.

They're looking for someone with an idea for an art project "that could connect the students from one school to the other ... so students can carry a piece of the old school with them to the new high school in some emotional way," WAC director Cherry Johnson said.

The artist would have a $1,600 budget with the possibility of mini-grants and community support.

The piece would be installed in the two-story atrium of the new school, an area with about 300 feet of wall space, 30 feet of windows and plenty of space for a sculpture, mobile or hanging installation.

He or she would work directly with students on the project.

"They may end up creating something as a result of the conversation with the students," Johnson said. "You wouldn't believe the array of good ideas that have been bounced around."
Ideas include incorporating everything from the old school's door knobs to its locker doors. Johnson's excited to see what the winning idea will be.

"We are wide open for good ideas and, of course, we'll look at all ideas," she said. "Hopefully, this will be something the whole community will feel a part of ... since all the communities in the county are represented at the high school. The idea is that with the help of the students, the artist will create a permanent fixture ... that will forever remind students of the school that was left behind."

While the idea can be implemented this summer, the collaboration with students has to happen soon.

For consideration, submit a 1,500 word draft of project proposal that includes a conceptual statement, description of concept, plan for how you would incorporate contributions from current WHS students, a time line (project must be completed before July 30) and an estimate of contact hours with students. Artists must include contact information, resumes, three references and three photos of work (preferably in desired medium).

Proposals must be submitted to New WHS Project Committee, Watauga Arts Council, P.O. Box 336, Boone, N.C., 28607, or dropped off at the Jones House on King Street in downtown Boone. You can also e-mail Johnson at The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23.

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