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2016 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition Announcement

Art Spaces in partnership with ISU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce the theme of the 2016 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition, You are a Child of the Universe: Poems of Belonging and Not Belonging.

This year's theme is based on a line from Max Ehrmann's best known poem, Desiderata, "You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars you have a right to be here".

Max held to a philosophy of inclusion, for people of any background, religious persuasion, or even personality. We ask that people submitting works to this year's competition consider ideas of belonging and /or not belonging.

No more than 2 poems per contestant will be accepted. Entries received or postmarked after February 19 will not be accepted.

Open to individuals of all ages living, working or attending school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties.

For further information and to download Entry Form click .

The competition will be judged by an Indiana poet. There will be prizes awarded to the elementary, middle school, high school and over 18 years of age winners.

Sculpture Collection App Launch

Soon Art Spaces will launch an app to make the collection more widely accessible and provide viewers with easy ways to connect with Art Spaces. Stay tuned for more info on date of the launch celebration.

Latest Sculpture Dedication, "On the Wings of Flight"

The impact of one individual's life on others can be profound. Such was the case of Edwin M. Schmidt (1910 - 2002) whose impression on the hearts of two longtime Terre Haute residents, William and Judith Brett, led them to honor his life with this Art Spaces sculpture.

The public dedication was November 20th with the sculpture artist Obie Simonis of Boston, Mass. in attendance.

The stainless steel sculpture rises elegantly from a grassy hill just north of the Holly Arboretum in Terre Haute's popular east side Deming Park, where thousands of pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and runners will view it each week.

"Urban Flowers" Sculpture Dedication

Art Spaces is planting flowers on the downtown Arts Corridor that will bloom throughout the year.

The public sculpture is located on 7th Street just south of Ohio Street. Artist C.J. Rench of Hood River, Oregon is the sculptor.

The dedication was held across the street in the Indiana Theater's rotunda with the ribbon cutting at the sculpture site.

Funding for this project has been made possible by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, the City of Terre Haute, Duke Energy Foundation, Indiana State University and ST Construction.


"Solar Sycamore" Dedication

The dedication was held Friday October 9th at the sculpture location at corner of Chestnut and 11th Streets across from the ISU Institute for Community Sustainability.

Solar Sycamore was created through a partnership between Watermark, a group of local professional artists, Indiana State University, and Art Spaces to honor the 25th anniversary of ISU Recycle Center and the University's long-term commitment to renewable resources.

Funding for the project was made possible by Indiana State University, Duke Energy, Jane & John Morse and Apogee Plastics Corporation with contributions and special thanks from ST Construction, One Planet Solar, Lighthouse of Indianapolis, Lamar Advertising, Industrial Supply, Terre Haute Savings Bank, and Ned & Phyllis Turner.



"Urban Flowers" by C.J. Rench, Art Spaces's Newest Public Sculpture on the Arts Corridor on 7th Street (image courtesy of Pat Martin)




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