Thanks to a grant award from the Ohio Arts Council, the Willoughby Arts Collaborative has put together a Call for Art and corresponding art traveling art exhibit for youth ages 5-18 who live, work, learn and play in the City of Willoughby. Students were invited to respond to a prompt that together helped to illustrated that our Willoughby community is a beautiful tapestry of people from a variety of backgrounds from around the globe.

 

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Plaza & Monument

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In aligning with Mayor Bob Fiala’s artistic vision for the city of Willoughby, the Willoughby Arts Collaborative, has partnered with the Willoughby Works Foundation and the city of Willoughby to install an iconic art piece and welcome plaza upon entering the gateway of Willoughby on the corner of Mentor Avenue and Erie Street. The art piece was designed by local Lake County artist and Willoughby ArtsFest Co-Chair Bill Rigo. Bill was one of many regional and international artists that responded to the call for artists in fall of 2019. The Willoughby Arts Collaborative awarded Mr. Rigo the commission due to his thoughtful and unique tribute to Willoughby, as he describes “Building for the future without losing sight of the past.” This piece and plaza are envisioned to be a tourist landmark hot-spot much like the “Cleveland” script sign, not just for tourists, but for local citizens as well.

Utility Box Image Wraps

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In an effort to beautify the city of Willoughby and foster a sense of

community and place-making, the Willoughby Arts Collaborative, in

partnership with the City of Willoughby and Heart of Willoughby,

solicited local and regional artists to submit work. The chosen

images will adorn traffic boxes throughout the city.

 

The resulting public art installations will add interest to our city and

offer a shared interpretation and experience for residents, visitors

and businesses. These canvases splashed throughout Willoughby

will serve to reimagine ordinary, mundane, and some would say

visually unappealing, utilities as scenes from beneath Lake Erie,

images from the shores of Lake County and fun food-inspired

illustrations.

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Past Projects

Making Art Happen

Chalk Festive 2022

Last Stop Willoughby

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The show will be on a traveling exhibit Through Willoughby and be on display at       

 

  • Stella's Art Gallery  March 12th- March 26th

  • Willoughby Eastlake Schools   March 28th- April 8th

  • Andrews Osborne Academy- International Festival April 11th- April 23rd

  • The Fine Arts Association  April 25th- May 9th

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Chalk Festival

2021

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Empty Store Front Displays

2019, 2020, & 2021

Art Time Capsule 

2020

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Bike Racks 

2020

Front Steps Project 

2020

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Painting Willoughby Crosswalks 

2018 & 2019

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