ArtScape is a public art program open to artists of all ages that is meant to represent all walks of life and all brands and levels of talent; a group of work with diverse themes to create a shared experience of art by an entire community.
Since 2009, the Shenandoah Arts Council (ShenArts) and Old Town Winchester have partnered to create an outdoor gallery in the historic district of downtown Winchester. Artists of all ages are invited to participate in this juried art competition. Selected works are reproduced on banners that hang on light posts throughout the downtown area. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley provides support for this program as the host sponsor, displaying the original works of art in its Art in the Halls program.

Why “Artscape” in Winchester?

The objective of ArtScape is to create an outdoor gallery experience in the heart of the community. The colorful banners add interest and intrigue to the downtown streetscape, encouraging pedestrians and vehicle traffic to slow down and enjoy the display. Each banner showcases local artists, highlighting the creativity and talent of artists who live and work in the region.

How does it work?

Interested artists submit work for consideration to ShenArts. These works are juried by a selection committee. Participating artists range in age and skill level, although most are semi-professional and professional level. The chosen works are expertly photographed and digitally transferred onto vinyl banners. The names of the artist and the sponsor are featured on the banner. At the end of the show, the banners are removed and given to the sponsor. The sponsor does not receive reproduction rights to the work. However, they are encouraged to display the banner in their place of business, highlighting their support for enriching the community through public art programs.

How can YOU submit art to be included on a banner or sponsor a banner?

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“ArtScape is funded by local sponsorships, the City of Winchester, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and the Shenandoah Arts Council. Funding is made partially available from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant to the City of Winchester.”

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