After eight years with the public art program of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Dorian McDuffie has moved to Fulton County Arts and Culture.
There, she will run not only the county’s public art program but also its granting arm, Contracts for Services, which dispenses $1.9 million a year in grants to arts organizations and artists. “I loved what I did at the city, but I’m stepping up to a new level as director, and that is lovely,” said McDuffie.
The lion’s share of public art work will involve the library system, which is revamping older facilities and building new ones, but it will also include projects for health facilities and a fire station. In fact, the county will hold informational sessions February 3 and 5 about 15 possible commissions, with fees ranging from $20,00o to $140,000. (Artists: You must become part of the Fulton County Artist Registry to be considered. For more on the sessions and the registry, check the county’s website.)
McDuffie, who was the city’s representative for Art on the BeltLine, will remain involved in the project. “I met so many artists I wouldn’t have otherwise known,” she said. “I’d like to get those artists into our registry.”
She mentioned another major opportunity for artists to work in the public realm. Her former employer has partnered with Atlanta BeltLine Inc. to commission artists to work with Perkins + Will to create preliminary designs for three areas along the BeltLine route. It’s funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The application deadline is 5 p.m. February 7. Check the BeltLine website for details.