Arts & Theater

‘Art Hotel’ group seeks artists, plans an expanded show

The team behind last winter’s “Art Hotel” temporary exhibit announced plans Thursday for an expanded short-term exhibit in Sacramento early next year.

While the success of Art Hotel kept visits on a strict clock, the February Art Street will move at more a pedestrian’s pace, organizers said.

“You will never hear ‘You have 10 minutes,’ ” said Seumas Coutts, a lead curator of Art Hotel and Art Street. “We want people to hang out and hang and experience.”

The group is accepting artists’ submissions through Nov. 12. Using 65,000 square feet of interior and exterior space – at a yet to be named location – the new exhibit will be roughly eight times the size of Art Hotel. It’s slated to run Feb. 3-25, 2017.

Facing occupancy limits and a blocklong line, Art Hotel organizers hustled guests through the 130-artist display. Some people returned to the free event multiple times, resulting in 13,000 tours of the aging multistory hotel packed with art.

The exhibit included many of the most talented painters, sculptors, historians, muralists, graffiti artists and sound-makers in the city. While some suggested extending the run in response to the overwhelmingly warm reception, organizers stuck to their guns and closed Art Hotel on Feb. 13.

Art Hotel emerged after up-and-coming Sacramento muralist Shaun Burner (currently working in Europe) was approached about doing something to the exterior of the Jade apartment building. That building – a few dozen yards from the Golden 1 Center – is awaiting demolition. A new Hyatt hotel is slated to be built in its place.

The arts community has been eagerly awaiting what’s next from M5 Arts, the nonprofit behind Art Hotel and Art Street, said Jennifer Jackson, another curator on the M5 team.

“The community reaction to Art Hotel was just overwhelming,” said Jackson, a consultant with Grigio Arts Consulting. One surprising outcome of Art Hotel was the sense of community created among artists and guests, Jackson said. They expect that to grow with Art Street.

Art Street may have more space and will be in place longer, but organizers still hope to create a gritty, multidimensional, non-institutional art experience. M5 organizers are looking for art that plays with the “street” theme to explore transportation, connectivity, pathway and community. The new project will add food and possibly alcohol to the mix.

Coutts, who spent much of his career in art in Germany, said the theme will run through all of the works selected, even if it’s not immediately obvious. He’s also looking to create an inviting space.

“It will be a very welcoming place to come and hang out,” Coutts said. “If you imagine a European plaza ... that is want we want to create.”

Ed Fletcher: 916-321-1269, @NewsFletch

Art Street

Submissions due: Nov. 12

When: Feb. 3-25, 2017

Where: Sacramento (location undisclosed)

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