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Winners of new art initiative, "Joplin Art Rocks", announced by Mayor

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News release from the City of Joplin:

Winners of a new art initiative in Joplin were announced today by Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean at City Hall. The art competition, Joplin Art Rocks", encouraged Joplin residents (ages 16 and older) or business owners to submit their visual wall art that depicts the beauty of Joplin's natural landscape. Mayor Kean then selected  several pieces to hang either in the City Council Chambers or in the Mayor's Office for the remainder of 2013 and through mid-2014.

Winning artists include Becky Wylie; Teresa and Tori Morris; Ann Butts; Brian Head; Dustin Storm; and Wildcat Nature Center. 

 "These artists demonstrate the creative mindset and abilities that are prevalent within our community" said Mayor Colbert-Kean. "We are thrilled to showcase their talents within the walls of City Hall and remind all who visit how much we value our area artists and the contribution they make towards our community."  

The winning art will hang in either the City Council Chambers or the Mayor's office for one year. Plans are being made to host another Joplin Art Rocks contest in spring of  2014.  

The contest follows the Missouri Arts Councils Creative Community Award given to the City of Joplin in 2012 signifying the depth of creative talent within our community, and it is in tandem with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Art in Public Places projects. 

The Art in Public Places project initiative has already championed several endeavors in Joplin that afford area residents and visitors access to a wide variety of artistic endeavors at no cost. Projects include the "The Butterfly Effect: Dreams Take Flight," mural located on the building at the northwest corner of 15th and Main Street intersection. Dedicated on September 25, 2011, Dave Loewenstein worked as the lead muralist, incorporating various visions and ideas that were part of the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado. Another mural, Route 66, Joplin, Missouri,  by Anthony Benton Gude was dedicated in 2010  and hangs in City Hall's lobby. Gude is the grandson of Thomas Hart Benton, the notorious muralist who painted the Joplin Centennial mural, "Joplin at the Turn of the Century" that was gifted to the City. It also hangs in the main lobby of Joplin City Hall, 602 South Main Street.

Other public art projects are displayed at Missouri Welcome Center with the Matt Dehaemers mural, Detours, as well as other projects at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center and the Joplin Museum Complex.

To see the selected artwork, visit Joplin City Hall Council Chambers on the fifth floor, or go to the City of Joplin's website at www.joplinmo.org/artrocks <http://www.joplinmo.org/artrocks>.

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