The Citadelle Art Foundation brings collaborative art project to Panhandle

Life-sized murals made from tape to compliment existing landmarks

CANADIAN—Tape Art has become a nationwide phenomenon in the 28 years since it first started and The Citadelle Art Foundation is proud to bring this dynamic and collaborative form of art to the Texas Panhandle for the month of October. Life-sized murals created by using only low-adhesive tape will temporarily adorn The Citadelle, areas around cultural landmarks, and schools in Spearman, Perryton, and Stratford. The theme of these imaginative murals will be to start a dialogue about the role technology plays in our daily lives and how we blend it with the beauty of the cultural assets that surround us.

Tape Art was born in Providence, Rhode Island in the 1980s. The movement began with a collection of nightly drawings made in tape on sidewalks and public spaces. The drawings sprawled across the landscape depicting scenes of chariots, trains, and roller coasters all rendered in life-sized silhouettes. When these works of art were finished, they were always removed within 24 hours. It wasn’t unusual to see a silhouette come to life, only to disappear when the sun came up the next day. The projects quickly grew in popularity because they made art entertaining and accessible to everyone.

It wasn’t long before national press picked up on the drawings and the Tape Art movement took on a life of its own. At one point, the Tape Art Crew traveled 29,000 miles in six months creating work in 40 different states. These innovative works of art have been featured on the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee, The Revolving Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, The CBGB Gallery in New York City, and the Cattle Depot Artist Village Residency in Hong Kong, China. The Tape Art Crew expanded their work into schools, festivals, and office buildings teaching children and adults that creativity and imagination are not bound by age. What started out as a localized community-drawing project soon grew into a worldwide phenomenon that started a conversation about art, technology, social responsibility, and the value of teamwork.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring this group of incredible artists to our community,” says Executive Director Wendie Cook. “This group is extremely talented and their work has been featured on some of the most prestigious landmarks in the country. To be able to share this work and collectively come together with the people of the Panhandle is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The contributions that artists of this caliber make to a community are enormous. Jim Bob McMillan, Deputy Director of the Texas Commission on the Arts, stresses the importance of bringing art of this level to local communities saying, “Artists, cultural institutions and creative enterprises all contribute to a community’s economic potential. Not only do they generate direct economic activity, but artists and creative entrepreneurs infuse communities with energy and innovation.”

The Citadelle Art Foundation is dedicated to providing a sanctuary for all forms of expression that celebrate life through art. The Tape Art Crew has a decades long history of bringing people together to create and celebrate art and what makes us all unique. Two organizations enthusiastic about the advancement of art mean this is an event like none-other.

For more information, go to The Citadelle Art Foundation . Installation maps can be picked up at The Citadelle and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Here is a list of the Canadian community satellite murals:

1. Bartlett’s at the end of Main Street, between the two garage doors
2. Town Hall, high up along the side of building on 1st Street
3. Canadian Interbank, 200 W. Main Street, in the alcove by the front entrance
4. Grain tower on 1st Street behind Shopko building
5. Wings of a Dove Studio, 112 S. 2nd Street, alley side of building
6. Happy State Bank, along 2nd Street side on the light stone
7. 309 E. Kingman Avenue, middle facade
8. Upland Resources Building, 520 Main Street, white wall
9. The Citadelle Museum, wall on 6th Street side near sculpture
10. Canadian Middle School, 399 S. 6th Street, front brick space closest to parking lot
11. Baker Elementary School, 599 S. 6th Street, two walls along the street
12. Wildcat Stadium, small white building by the field facing the parking lot
13. Canadian Elementary School, Dogwood Street, site of Arts & Crafts Fair
14. Hemphill County Hospital, site to be determined, either the front entrance or ER side
15. Conejo Gallery, 312 Main Street, front window
16. Alexander’s on highway

CALENDAR OF TAPE ART PROJECTS

Oct. 16–19, Canadian Community satellite murals
Oct. 20, Citadelle murals with Perryton and Spearman Art students
Oct. 21, Citadelle murals with Canadian student volunteers, WTAMU, and Fall Foliage visitors
Oct. 22, Citadelle murals with Canadian student volunteers, WTAMU, and Fall Foliage visitors
Oct. 23, Murals at The Citadelle with Perryton High School students
Oct. 24, Canadian High School art workshop at “The Ruins”
Oct. 25, Canadian High School art workshop at exterior high school wall
Oct. 26, Canadian High School art workshop at Mesa View Assisted Living Center
Oct. 27, Canadian Baker Elementary art workshop
Oct. 28, Modern Woodmen Family Day at The Citadelle
Oct. 30, Spearman Community mural downtown
Oct. 31, Stratford High School community installation at Stratford High School
Nov. 1, Perryton High School art workshop in Perryton

Tape Artist Michael Townsend at work at City Hall on Monday morning, Oct. 16
Tape Artist Michael Townsend at work at City Hall on Monday morning, Oct. 16

Tape Art Calendar

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