The project to transform empty storefronts into interactive art will take a new form this year
A new cycle of Windowfront Exhibitions returns with rotating public art installations in the City’s vacant storefronts. This series of installations, to be unveiled Feb. 2, marks the final season of exhibits in temporary locations as the program prepares to evolve.
In 2020, Windowfront Exhibitions was developed in the darkest winter days of the pandemic as an initiative to support local artists and bring the vitality of art to the heart of Eugene. The goal of the project was to partner with downtown property managers to refresh empty storefronts into temporary galleries and installation spaces for local artists and arts organizations to present their work.
“Windowfront Exhibitions had a positive influence on the look and feel of downtown, particularly during the lowest points of the pandemic,” City of Eugene Downtown Manager Eric Brown said. “It brought a flash of color and expression to our streetscapes in places that would have otherwise stood empty and dark. It’s also brought the City, property owners, property managers and artists together around investing in our downtown.”
After more than three years, the program has met great success as most of these empty spaces are now rented and thriving as new local businesses. With vacant locations becoming scarce in downtown Eugene, the upcoming series will be the last to be displayed in storefront windows. Later this year, the project will change course by securing new permanent public locations throughout the downtown area that have rotational exhibition opportunities for local, regional and national artists.
Some highlights from the upcoming exhibits:
- 824 Charnelton St.: through “Liminal,” street artist Lambtown42 explores spray paint and stencil mediums on salvaged wood panels and vinyl LPs to create subjects relevant to current events, past events and the pop art genre.
- 99 W. 10th Ave.: Agnese Cebere’s “Forced Perspective” uses light and perspective to examine the trope of the cowboy, popularized through motion pictures and advertising, as a one-dimensional fiction.
- 260 W. Broadway: showing how all people should be honored, valued and respected, “Brilliant & Resilient” is a collection of professional photographs featuring the personal stories of 30 women with disabilities who have made positive impacts on the world. All subjects are alumni of Mobility International USA’s Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability.
This series of Windowfront Exhibitions is produced with support from partners Pacific Real Estate Services and Broadway Place. For more information, visit https://www.eugene-or.gov/4637/Windowfront-Exhibitions.
Cultural Services provides year-round programming to promote public art and cultural events throughout Eugene. The team utilizes responsible and catalytic leadership to support the public’s vision for a thriving arts and cultural sector that contributes to the community’s social and economic wellbeing.