This week, ArtRepublic revealed 19 of the most prolific names in street art from around the world set to come to Northeast Florida during the organization’s sophomore year. The extended 12-day exhibition will return to downtown Jacksonville later this fall, November 1 through 12. After a successful first year, ArtRepublic returns with public art exhibitions, a fashion design gala, a lecture series and an immersive digital art exhibition.
This year artists include Faith47, Hush, Okuda, Bik Ismo, 2Alas, Dourone, Martin Ron, Bisco Smith, Oiterone, Ricky Lee Gordon, Francisco Bosoletti, Shaun Thurston, Cent, Nico, Halsi, David Petroni, Mario Mankey and, returning this year, Astro. “This November I will be collaborating with Inka Kendzia on new experimental work during ArtRepublic. We are really excited to see the results that will unfold in this enchanted partnership,” said South African-based artist Faith47.
ArtRepublic is the avant-garde of the street art movement, going beyond beautification and curating a collection of the icons of the great street art movement. Offering artists new opportunities and resources to create boundary pushing work, filling voids in the art industry between gallery and museum. The special part of ArtRepublic is the collaborations between international artists and Jacksonville-based artists, creating a synergy in the arts never before seen in Northeast Florida. “I’m excited to see the ArtRepublic artists working in the city I grew up in,” said local artist Shaun Thurston. ”Having always dreamed of our walls being covered in monumental artwork I see that ArtRepublic is progressively helping to make these dreams come true. I’m honored to be included in the lineup of so many inspirational artists.”
ArtRepublic is the first privately funded public art organization to offer artists the opportunities and resources to create boundary-pushing work establishing an intentional system for infusing art and culture to elevate and inspire communities that can be implemented globally. “This system consists of adhering to a standard of excellence in all curation, developing featured artists, thoughtful collaborations with the academic art world, brands and corporations and creating an atmosphere that nurtures growth amongst high performing individuals,” said founder and curator Jessica Santiago.
The organization was built to enhance the already growing cultural and economic development of downtown Jacksonville and the surrounding areas. In 2016, a total of 12 murals were revealed during the event’s installation week, which also included a fashion show from NYC-based designer LUXURYIA and a culinary event featuring local chefs and restaurants with a live art show.
For more information about this year’s events, check out artrepublicglobal.com.