Friday, April 7, 2017

Opening reception for 'The Billboard Project'

GRANVILLE, Ohio — Denison Art Space in Newark is holding an opening reception for “The Billboard Project,” a public-art outreach initiative featuring work by students from McGuffey Elementary and the YES Clubhouse, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at Denison Art Space in Newark (23 West Church Street). This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sheilah Wilson at 740-587-6737 or visit

In its second year, “The Billboard Project” was conceived by Sheilah Wilson, associate professor of studio art, as a way to engage the public with contemporary art. Wilson obtained grant funding to install public billboards in Newark. She then worked with Denison students to develop workshops for Newark-area schoolchildren who used the billboard images as a catalyst for conversation and visual response. Students also were given disposable cameras and asked to take photos using the theme: “Who do you love? What do you love?” Their images have been published in a newspaper that will be on display during the opening reception.

This project was funded by the Ohio Arts Council, Licking County Foundation and Denison University.

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