Thursday, October 6, 2011

Art: Up Close & Personal Marcia Billig - Sculpture- October 10 2011

Art: Up Close & Personal

Marcia Billig
October 10
6 - 7:30 pm

Williamson County Public Library
(main conference room)
1314 Columbia Pike
Franklin, TN 37064

In it's third year, the Arts Council is proud to present this evening series for 2011.
Some of the most renowned local artists will share an up-close and personal glimpse into their lives and their work.

Billig, who lives in Bethesda, Md., reveals her approach to her work, “I have been creating public sculptures in bronze for the past 20 years. Through my figurative art, I try to express a sense of joy, energy and movement. Many of the titles of my works, such as ‘Inner Light’, ‘Taking Flight,’ ‘Dance of Light’ and ‘Lift Off,’ express the character of the figures—hopeful and uplifted. I strive to convey these emotions and create an interaction between the figures in the sculpture and the viewers.”

Before creating her commissioned art for public spaces, Billig gathers “input of the people who will be enjoying the space or facility.” Her public figurative bronze sculptures for both indoor and outdoor spaces have ranged in size from four feet to 12 feet in height.

Teaching as well as sculpting has been included in her life’s work. She earned her master of fine arts in sculpture from American University, a master of arts in education from George Washington University and a bachelor of arts from Emory University.

       Not only are five of her sculptures installed in the Washington, D.C., area, they are included in the revised edition of “The Sculpture of Washington, D.C., A Cultural History” by James Goode, published in 2008. These works include “Balance,” Granddaughters,’ “Taking Flight,” “The Commuter” and “The Juggler.”  The public art commission, her bronze sculpture, ”Balance,” is installed at North Lincoln Park in Washington, D. C.  Her 15 Montgomery County, Md., art commissions include bronze sculptures, a painted mural, ceramic murals, and bronze bas reliefs. Numerous other public and private commissions are found in Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.

   The program is funded in part by The Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant Program. This series has been developed to educate students in the arts as well as those in the community who have an
interest in the arts.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.


The series is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.
Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 428-3845 or email

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