OCI is teaming up with PJ Morgan Real Estate to bring public art to the Little Bohemia neighborhood on South 13th Street. The Little Bohemia neighborhood will soon be be home to Boho Rice, Archetype Coffee’s second location and several other new restaurants and shops.  The development team is committed to making public art a unique aspect and attraction to the area. The artwork will be unveiled and celebrated at an upcoming annual alleyway festival. The alleyway festival will include a private dinner for sponsors and a public event hosted by PJ Morgan Real Estate and area businesses.

This Little Bohemia Public Art Grant is for $10,000* to bring art to the alleyway off 13th and William St. This alleyway will connect the main parking lot to the rest of the area shops. The green house pictured will be a restaurant with an outdoor patio in the grassy area. The white shed wall has mural potential (surrounding fence will be removed), and there is plenty of space for sculptural, environmental, and visual artworks. You can propose projects at $2,500, $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000 levels. Installation must be completed by October 2017.

If you are interested in applying, don’t miss the walking tour: June 12th at 6:00pm, meet at the parking lot at 13th & William. See the space and get all your questions answered on site before applying!

The exhibition, HEAP, will be an immersive installation comprised of hundreds of small mixed-media collages by Larry Thomas. He has explored the concepts of perception, deception, secrets, code and camouflage, both visually and conceptually, for more than 20 years. For the Nerman Museum’s Kansas Focus Gallery, he has constructed intimate collages employing traditional means like painting, drawing and printmaking combined with the more contemporary medium of digitally generated images — each work a response to the barrage of information and misinformation that engulfs us daily.

Born in Sedalia, Missouri, Thomas received MA and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa and a BFA from Southwest Missouri State University. He was Chair and Professor of Fine Arts and taught digital imaging, painting and drawing at Johnson County Community College from 1991 to 2016.

Larry Thomas • HEAP June 22-September 17, 2017 : Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017 : Lecture: 7-8 p.m. in Hudson Auditorium by artist Larry Thomas 

Featuring hors d’oeuvres and refreshments in the Museum Atrium
VIP Members Room with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, Regnier Center