Special Event in Honor of Leona Darr Willis

Special Event in Honor of Leona Darr Willis

Please note this event originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 has been postponed as part of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts public closure due to the Covid-19 health crisis.  Event details will be announced as they become available.

Civic Art Project – Request For Proposals – Window Shades Project

The City of Tracy – Cultural Arts Division announces a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Window Shades Project at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  Artists and designers of all kinds are invited to submit conceptual proposals to be considered as featured images across the window shades on the front of the facility in the Grand Galleries at 715 Central Avenue in downtown Tracy, California.

The project seeks to display large, visually attractive images that add interest and energy to the Grand and downtown Tracy.  Artists should consider the Grand as a unique interdisciplinary (dance, drama, literary arts, music, visual arts) arts center, as well as the history, cultural diversity, and future of Tracy.

Applicants may submit up to three concepts.  The project is managed by the Cultural Arts Division in collaboration with the Tracy Arts Commission, Civic Art Subcommittee, and Grand Foundation.  The project is funded by the City of Tracy and the Grand Foundation.  It is anticipated the new window shades will debut to the public this summer.

Please be advised this project is now active again. Proposals can be mailed to the Grand or dropped off in the sidewalk mailbox at the Box Office windows.  The new deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, June 15.

More information about the Civic Art Program, City Art Collection, and Opportunities for Public Artists is available here.

Civic Art Program – Harvest of Progress Restoration

We are delighted to announced the completed restoration of Harvest of Progress!  This incredible work of fine art by Rowland Cheney was dedicated in 2013, and celebrates Tracy’s railroad and agricultural history in co-joined monumental figures.  It received a cleaning, patina restoration, and new satin topcoat by Frostad Atelier of Sacramento, who originally fabricated and installed the sculpture.

Ronnie Frostad and her talented and hardworking crew braved the two hottest days of 2019 thus far, and worked into late night, to bring this bronze landmark sculpture back to full glory.  This collaboration will present Harvest of Progress in beautiful condition for several years to come in the roundabout at Central Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Tracy.

This project was supported by the Tracy Arts Commission as part of the City of Tracy – Civic Art Program.

Remembering Our Friend Pauline Tolman (1961 – 2018)

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Pauline Tolman  was a Sacramento/San Francisco-based artist inspired by nature, beauty, whimsy and childhood, known for her large scale metal sculpture and architectural installations.  Her striking cinematic installation – Travel Through Time, 2010 – is prominently featured and celebrated on the bus shelters at the Tracy Transit Station on 6th St. in downtown.

Pauline’s work resides in several public and private collections in the region.  Recently, she was proud to assist artist Dana Albany on here monumental work Tara Mechani featured at Burning Man, and currently on display at Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose through June 9th, 2018.  Pauline was also an artist in consideration of a future civic art project at Legacy Fields in recognition of Tracy’s rich baseball history.

In addition to her work as an artist, Pauline engaged in cycling, kayaking, hiking, camping, snowboarding and nature photography.
A celebration of her life will be held in July in her hometown of Bemidji, MN.

Remembering Our Friend Rowland Cheney (1943 – 2015)

STATUE AT ROUNDABOUT3 (12-06-13)  Rowland Cheney runs electrical wiring through his ÒHarvest of ProgressÓ statue before it is raised over a platform at the center of the Sixth Street-Central Avenue roundabout late Dec. 5.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press

Rowland Cheney  (Clements, CA) was a  prolific member of our creative community. He and his fiance,  Mary Doucette of Lodi, were among the nine people lost in a plane crash near Ketchikan, Alaska in June of 2015.

Mr. Cheney was a celebrated Emeritus Professor of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture at San Joaquin Delta College, professional artist and an important member of the Kiger Mustang community.  The Tracy community worked with Rowland for three years to create the largest work of his career, the monumental 20′ landmark sculpture Harvest of Progress, at Central Avenue and 6th Street in downtown.

The photo (courtesy of the Tracy Press/Glenn Moore) to the left shows the artist hard at work on the cold night of December 5th, 2013, when Harvest of Progress was installed.

Remembering Our Friend Steve Mudge (1953 – 2015)

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Steve Mudge (Modesto, CA / Santa Fe, NM) was a talented man of many accomplishments, funny and smart, and a celebrated metal sculptor.  He exhibited in the Co-Op in the South Gallery and worked with Mark Knize (Tracy, CA) creating two 4′ x 16′ plasma-cut steel relief sculptures, Arrivals and Departures, on display in the main lobby of the Tracy Transit Station.

Steve (left) and Mark (right) are pictured here during the late night installation at the Transit Station in 2010.  Both smiling after an exhausting day of work.