The site insight project
The Site Insight Project is an ongoing series of large-scale, artist-designed banners displayed on the north wall of the Wesley Center building at the intersection of Market and Dubuque Streets.
The project aims to use the highly-visible space on the main road into Iowa City to highlight under-recognized local groups and issues and to support socially-engaged art practice. Artists are paired with local social good organizations, communities, or initiatives to collaboratively produce a piece that will be exhibited for several months.
"I Am. I Will. I Am Afraid."
October 2015 -
The first installation (and the inspiration for the project) was created by Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy in collaboration with youth social services organization United Action for Youth. Molloy conducted a workshop in summer 2014 with 12 self-described "outliers" in which they reflected on their identities, hopes, and fears. Molloy took each youth's portrait and then created a composite figure overlaid with their writing to create an image printed on an 11'x17' banner.
For more information, to donate to the project, or to get involved, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The founding sponsors of the project are:
The Wesley Foundation
Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitor's Bureau
The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Iowa City Downtown District
City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee
"Reaching out, reaching art." Daily Iowan. 10/1/15
"IC Youth and Brooklyn Artist Unveil Collaboration" Iowa City Press-Citizen. 9/30/15.
About the project:
The Site Insight Project uses a highly-visible space in downtown Iowa City to highlight under-recognized local, social justice groups and organizations through the creation of a large (11'x17') vinyl banner. Artists are paired with local organizations, communities, or initiatives to collaboratively produce a piece that will be printed on the banner and exhibited for 3-6 months.
The first installation was created by Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy in collaboration with the IC organization United Action for Youth. Molloy conducted a workshop in summer 2014 with 12 self-described "outliers" in which they reflected on their identities, hopes, and fears.
We’re looking for a local artist/artist team:
- Passionate about social justice happenings within the Iowa City community
- Who is self-reliant
- Interested in collaborative work
- Who will think critically and empathetically about the purpose of public/ethical artistic representation
- Has a positive attitude
- Recognizes the visible significance of the mural
All levels of experience will be considered.
Artists will be compensated, but project budget is limited.
January 15th, 2016
via email to email@example.com
We will schedule interviews hereafter!
Please include your name, phone number, and email address, as well as a short response addressing the following questions:
- Artist Background
- What theme/topic would you like to partner with?
- What makes this project of interest to you?