Jacksonville, FL - February 9, 2017 - Susan Datz Edelman, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
David Engdahl’s devotion to his work as a sculptor, his career in architecture and his selfless contributions of talent and energy to the local arts community prompted The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to present him with the 2nd Annual Ann McDonald Baker Art Ventures Award. The award, which includes a $10,000 unrestricted grant, recognizes an artist whose work brings distinction to Northeast Florida, and is named for the late Ann McDonald Baker, whose leadership helped create and nurture such vital cultural gems such as The Community Foundation’s Art Ventures Fund, the Arts Assembly (now the Cultural Council) and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, among others. The award was presented at a private reception this week.
Engdahl has been a sculptor since 1971, and has exhibited works in over twenty states throughout the U.S., including nine solo exhibitions. His sculptures are included in numerous museums, corporate, public and private collections, including U.S. embassies abroad. In Jacksonville, countless residents and travelers have seen his signature high-flying wooden sculptures, ‘Ascent’ and ‘Descent,’ which were suspended above the escalators at Jacksonville International Airport from 1980-1989; they now reside at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus. His 2004 installation, ‘Migration of the Paper Airplanes,’ hangs over the moving sidewalks at the Jacksonville International Airport parking garage.
Long Road Projects (LRP), founded by Aaron Levi Garvey and Stevie Covart Garvey, is a 501c3 non-profit artist residency and edition publishing program. Residency programs invite artists to take up residence in a specific city, outsite of their regular home and studio environments. Traditionally, these programs provide artists with time for reflection, research, exhibition, and the ability to produce new bodies of work. By participating in these programs, artists are able to immerse themselves in a new environment, be influenced/inspired by (and influence/inspire) the people they meet, and engage with communities.
Since its inception in December 2015, LRP has hosted four artists in Jacksonville, Lala Abaddon (New York, July-August 2016), Gamaliel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico, October 2016), Joshua Short (California, December 2016), and Tameka Norris (Iowa, December 2016). While in residence, each artists works with Jacksonville's resources and creative community to conceive a limited edition project. Upon their completion, each edition is made available for sale through LPR's website.
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