Aberdeen Artists Recognized in New City Project

Aberdeen Artists Recognized in New City Project

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This utility box, located near Domino’s, was one of the first to be wrapped. More will be wrapped in the spring. Photos by Troy McQuillen.

The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen Area Arts Council, and Northern State University have created an opportunity to bring more public art projects to Aberdeen. Utility boxes around town are starting to sport wraps with artwork from local artists. 

“So far, we have three boxes done,” said Chamber of Commerce Marketing & Collaboration Director Lisa Anderson. “We hope to get the next two finished in the spring.”

Dsc 4455 Large E1678391221761Two boxes can be found along 6th Ave. by Domino’s and Kessler’s, and the third is located on NSU’s campus. 

A call for artists of all ages was sent out last year, and was timed to allow NSU students to participate. A panel of five judges selected this round’s winners. 

“We didn’t set many parameters for the art,” Lisa said. “We accepted many different mediums. There were a few safety regulations we took into consideration, but other than that the artists could make any design they wanted.” 

Each box will have a QR code that will link to the Art Council’s website with information about the artist. The artwork on each box should last between three and five years. //—Annie Scott