The Muncie Arts and Culture Council, in partnership with Indiana Association of United Ways and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, is pleased to announce the selection of Denise King as selected artist for the Bison-tennial Public Art project. This project is part of a 2016 state-wide endeavor to celebrate Indiana’s 2ooth Statehood Day. It will comprise a 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison that will be decorated and displayed with an end goal of at least one – if not a herd – of bison on display in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The bison are expected to make appearances in the local community and along the Bicentennial Torch Relay route leading up to Indiana’s Bicentennial Statehood Day on December 11th, 2016. The Delaware County Bison will then find its home in Tuhey Park; downtown Muncie.
The selection committee in Delaware County, composed of United Way representatives and MACC committee members, used an RFP process to solicit proposals and ultimately select Denise King as the artist to complete our Bison project. Denise has a fine arts education with emphasis in painting and drawing, and is a self-proclaimed Muncie and Delaware County enthusiast and promoter. As a mural artist and community activist with a love of history, she was drawn to this particular project. In Denise’s words, “My intention is to create a piece that is not only beautiful, engaging, and interesting, but respectful, informed, educational and a vehicle to spark public interest in the subject matter.” Denise plans to begin working on the Bison this month, “on location” so the community can watch the Bison “come to life”! If you happen to be walking downtown Walnut Street over the next couple of months, take a look in the windows of the former Royal Crown Poker Club at 227 S. Walnut! Big thanks to Muncie Liquor Stores, Inc. for generously offering this venue!