There are many sayings and metaphors using a door as imagery but none more powerful than an “open door.” We speak of opening doors to opportunity, to welcoming others, to new beginnings and hope. In 2013, Hildegard Center for the Arts and Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity embarked on an exciting journey to open doors across our community with a public art project titled “Doorways to Hope.”
Based on the theme of hope and new beginnings, Doorways to Hope gave artists a unique opportunity to use doors as a vehicle for hope and change. Artists were called to collaborate with community groups to create a work of art using a door (any door) as their inspiration and starting point. The doors were silent-auctioned at a Free Family Event | Benefit Auction, October 5, 2014, at the Nebraska Tennis Center located at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln. Prior to the auction, the doors were displayed throughout the capital city from Memorial Day 2014 through October 1, 2014.
The funds raised from this community art project will help build a new Habitat Home called an “Art House Build” for a family in need. Artists also received a portion of the proceeds and Hildegard Center for the Arts hopes to begin an endowment to someday build a home of its own. Thus far, Doorways to Hope has raised over $50,000 dollars. Even more important, the project brought an entire community together. By calling artists to connect with groups from across the city, everyone had an opportunity to create and give back ~ making lasting ripples for years to come!
To learn more, check out the artists’ blog here.
Doorways to Hope welcomes Therman Statom | “Signature Artist”
American studio glass artist Therman Statom served as Doorways’ “Signature Artist.” His vast experience with the public arts across the United States made him the perfect lead artist for Doorways to Hope. He brought special awareness to the project and created a twenty-first door titled “Puerta a la Esperanza”, translated: “Doorway to Hope”.
This magnificent glass portal is available for purchase and Therman is generously donating all proceeds of the sale to the Doorways to Hope project. Visit the official Doorways to Hope website to view the sculpture and learn more!
The formal call to artists began October 1, 2013 with a public informational meeting hosted at TalentPlus (1 Talent Plus Way, Lincoln.) Representatives from Hildegard Center for the Arts and L/LC Habitat for Humanity provided details about the project and answered questions pertaining to the Call. A second informational meeting was held December 3, 2013 at Art & Soul in Lincoln. Artist Therman Statom was also present and shared ideas about how to engage community groups for the project.
Artists were given until January 21, 2014 to submit their artist statements (on CD) and sketch/maquettes describing their envisioned themes for the door. Artists could submit up to two separate ideas/sketches for a single application fee of $25, made payable to Doorways to Hope. In their submitted statements, artists had to identify what community group they planned to engage for their door art project.
All submissions were officially juried, January 2014, at the Kiechel Fine Art Gallery located on 12th & O Streets, Lincoln.
Members of the jury included artists Therman Statom, Margaret Berry, and Kevin Clark of Clark Architects Collaborative 3. Twenty submissions were chosen.
Winning Artists for Doorways to Hope | Congratulations!
Linda Arnold, Ramona Fink, Diane Gabelhouse, Cathy Harrington, Kristin Asche, Mark Kuzora, Julia Noyes, Jennifer Ormaston, Joan Phelan, Max Reis, Christine Schleich, Linda Thomas, Kallista Tran, Nancy Heiser, Shannon Ziebell, Anna Alcalde, Jean Stryker, Liz Shea-McCoy and Tamara Weber (2).
1. To inspire community involvement and growth by encouraging creativity at all ages and levels of social economics.
2. To provide a “Habitat Art House” build for a Habitat homeowner and an endowment for Hildegard Center for the Arts.
3. To teach, through doing, that all citizens can work and give back to their community regardless of age, social standing, economic standing, gender, race, ethnicity, etc.
- Call opened with a public informational meeting hosted at Talent Plus in Lincoln, October 1, 2013, 7pm
- Applications Due: January 21, 2014
- Jury announces artists by: January 31, 2014
- Artists create Doors: February 1-May 1, 2014
- Art completion: May 1, 2014
- Doors displayed Memorial Day, 2014 ~ October 1
- Free Family Event | Benefit Auction: October 5, 2014
2014 Doorways to Hope Committee
Kim Einspahr, Cathy Harrington, Liz Shea-McCoy, Stephanie Novacek, Marilyn Stadler, Ann Williams, Michele Williamson, Anne Woita
October 5 “Event” Committee
(Chair) Marilyn Stadler, Kim Einspahr, Cathy Harrington, Stephanie Novacek, Mary Helen Peters, Janet Schwarz, Ann Williams, Michele Williamson
Did you know?
- An estimated 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations.
- Currently, over 17% of Nebraska residents have income below the poverty level; in Lincoln this statistic is over 20% with more than 600 families in need of safe housing.
- To learn more about Lincoln/Lancaster Habitat for Humanity and their outreach, visit the Habitat website.