UNVACANT LOT

Meet featured artist Toni Ardizzone

Artist, Toni Ardizzone takes you to the swamp with her very exciting homage to a mascot of the South. Dinosaur of the South is a celebratory work engaging the viewer with rhythmic, vibrating color and untamed brushstrokes.  Like the alligator, which as a species has survived for more than 84 million years, the work embodies the resilience and strength needed to survive.  This project, created in this unprecedented era of COVID-19, is also intended to convey the healing power of art.  Presented by Thomasville Center for Arts in partnership with Hurst Boiler, the experience is sure to bring joy, hope, and a sense of place to this community space.

Ardizzone created the larger than life mural on site, in three phases, over six weeks using a brush and roll technique. With each phase she left the work in a state of evolution to keep you guessing about what would come next.  By layering the piece, and building on the work over time through a laborious rhythm of movement marked by bold strokes of color, she reconstructed her canvas over and over. 

Toni Ardizzone is a painter combining refined methods with a blue-collar skill set to create large-scale murals and tactile paintings. She received her BFA from Indiana University at Herron School of Art and Design in 2006. Her prolific body of work has led to several solo exhibitions across the United States as well as international recognition. In 2019, Ms. Ardizzone was selected for two artist residencies including Ayatana in Quebec, Canada and the Palimpsest Project in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her MFA from FSU this spring.  Visit her website at www.toniardizzone.com  or Instagram @toniardizzoneart to connect with the artist.

Learn more about Toni Ardizzone at http://www.toniardizzone.com and past Thomasville Center for the Arts’ public art experiences designed to connect and engage our community at the links below or visit The UnVacant Lot at 217 W Jackson Street.

 

 

It is hard to imagine that less than six years ago, you would be standing in an overgrown vacant lot, alongside an empty corridor on West Jackson St. So, what happens when an incredibly creative community, aspiring entrepreneurs, and an empty street filled with artists and makers mix paint, sweat and talent with determination? You get the true recipe for success.FLAUNT 2014:  Pop it Up! launched 22 pop-up shops, 28 historically – inspired murals, pop-up performances, events, and bright yellow bikes for 30 days in order to drive tourism and economic development to what we now call, the Creative District.  This was a game-changer. 

Today, we have installed 16 installations, hosted 12 events, partnered with 8 non-profits, exposed both public and private schools to this experience, created and supported new job opportunities, collaborated with independent groups including Brookwood’s Foundations of Innovation class and Florida State University’s Public Art, Interior Design and Design One departments, received an NEA Grant, and had the welcoming support of our neighbors through it all in The UnVacant Lot. Because of those forward-thinking community champions and sponsors, this space is accessible to everyone, both day and night, equipped with furniture, wifi, power, lighting, shade, and open daily for FREE. 

This year, in light of the conflicts that a crazy virus brings, we still keep going.  Our presence will remain strong, and our plans to have a stronger virtual presence will capture more of US.  We are grateful for this incredibly creative community that is supportive of arts and culture, and we look forward to another decade of artistic expression with YOU.

What will you do here? How will you be a game-changer in our neighborhood?  If you have an idea for an installation or just CURIOUS, we are here for the ride.

Learn more about Thomasville Center for the Arts’ The UnVacant Lot public art experience designed to connect and engage our community through quarterly projects at www.thomasvillearts.org/publicart/unvacantlot/, or visit the The UnVacant Lot at 217 W. Jackson St. For more inspiration through the arts, visit our beautiful historic building at 600 E Washington Street.

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“What distinguishes public art is the unique association of how it is made, where it is, and what it means. Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are”. – Association for Public Art