Artists Selected for Eagle-Market Street Installation

The City of Asheville and Celebrating African Americans through Public Art (CAAPA) are pleased to announce the selection of two local artists—muralist Joseph Pearson and literary artist Phyllis Utley—to work alongside Art Ecologie.

Their collaborative artwork will be installed at the corner of Eagle and South Market Streets. Their transformation of the space includes a mural and a multidimensional cube installation of metal and wood and bright imagery representing the past and the future of the community.

The inclusion of local artists in this process is an important part of the community-informed design process. The local artists will provide needed leadership, guidance and community engagement; and promote the inclusion of authentic memories and the legacy of local artists. Their work will conclude with the installation of public artwork that will honor THE BLOCK. 

Phyllis Utley, literary artist

“In this side of Eternity I help people Re-Member, Re-Frame, Re-Construct. The world is our stage—at home, at school, at play, at work. Every day we create. We re-create who we really are. I see you. I see you see me. I see you see me seeing you. I see you and me. I see us.”

Joseph Pearson, muralist

“The majority of my forty years as a professional artist have been devoted to addressing social/political issues, especially as it relates to black folks. My interest in social/political issues is informed by my early experiences coming of age during the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights era. I am interested in telling the story of the “Everyman.”

Celebrate the installation and unveiling of the completed work on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. on Market Street at Court Plaza. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to smonson@ashevillenc.gov.

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