Arts and Cultural Alliance Curates Artwork for Consumers Energy Innovation Center
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County (ACAJC), a local organization focusing on supporting and promoting arts and culture, worked alongside Consumers Energy to select and curate the artwork displayed in the Consumers Energy Innovation Center this spring. The Call to Artists was for innovative, futuristic, abstract work to complement the role of the Jackson company’s Innovation Center, which is to be a hub of collaboration and creativity for the community and for its employees.“We built the Innovation Center in the heart of Jackson to help the city become a more vibrant and valued place to live, invest and innovate," Pramada Reddy, Consumers Energy’s Executive Director of Strategic Innovation says. "Our commitment to Jackson and its residents runs deep, which is why it is important for us to provide a platform to showcase the depth and breadth of exciting talent in the Jackson area.”ACAJC Member and exhibiting sculptor at the Consumers Innovation Center, Gary Willcock, says, “My special pleasure with this exhibit comes from the setting the art is displayed in. I find the interior of the Center to be architecturally exciting. This is exactly the type of setting I imagine for my sculptures.”“I love that my paintings are in a place where people can meet, talk, communicate thoughts and exchange ideas, one built on the next,” Janice Botsford, Chelsea-area artist also exhibiting inside the Innovation Center, says. "This, after all, is the definition of creativity and is what artists aspire to do with every painting. My mixed media collage pieces often include my hand-made stamp of a ‘spiral’ shape, to show how one idea spirals off another, is redefined and takes on a new shape."One hundred and nine entries were submitted to ACAJC for the exhibition. Fourteen works of art were accepted and dropped off in person by local artists. Consumers Energy is paying rent for the works of art to the artists, which is unique to this area, with ACAJC handling sales. Rental prices start at $75 and go up from there based on the purchase price of the art, with two exhibiting artists receiving as much as $325 for the three month period.Consumers Innovation Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This body of work will be on exhibition until Friday, July 15.ACAJC has a long history of connecting artists and arts organizations with opportunities. Become a member today.