Welcome to Art al Fresco.
Art al Fresco is an outdoor, or "fresh air", public sculpture competition. Created by the City of Boerne and juried by the Public Art Competition Committee, Art al Fresco is a walkable adventure for visitors and residents and is located throughout the city's historic downtown -- known as Boerne's Hill Country Mile -- and along Boerne's Trail system.
This year marks the second Art al Fresco Public Art Exhibition. A temporary installation, Art al Fresco is an "art on loan" program consisting of 10 chosen pieces that incorporate a variety of materials including welded steel, bronze, aluminum, blown glass, and others.
Be sure to cast your vote on which sculptures you would like to see as part of the permanent collection – the top vote getter will win the honor as “Boerne’s Choice”. The sculptures are for sale and the City will have the option to purchase at least one of the sculptures at the end of the competition – your vote matters! In 2016 the City purchased two pieces from the 2015-2016 exhibit for its permanent collection. DANCER 2015 by Jerry Daniel was honored as "Boerne's Choice" after receiving the most public votes. It and COMET & RAVEN: MESSENGER FROM AFAR by Joe Barrington are now part of Boerne's permanent collection of 11 sculptures.
Art al Fresco is sponsored by the City of Boerne and Boerne's Hill Country Mile in partnership with The Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau.
2017-2018 Public Art Competition Committee
Joe Barrington, Chair/Juror
The Hill Country Council for the Arts (HCCArts) has been a long-time advocate of the Arts in the Texas Hill Country. The first introduction to public art in Boerne was the temporary loan of bronze Texas Longhorn sculptures by Texas Trees Foundation from 2009-2012. In 2011, the city of Boerne approved a Public Art Resolution in support of HCCArts’ Public Art Master Plan to bring public art to the gateways and cityscape of Boerne and Kendall County. “Father Gander,” a bronze sculpture by Larry Stevens in River Road Park, was the first piece in the City’s new collection. HCCArts worked with the City of Boerne and Texas Treasures Fine Art Gallery to purchase Erik Christianson’s life-size bronze sculpture, “Wild Bill Hickok”, now installed at Main Plaza. HCCArts and the City of Boerne continue to collaborate on various arts initiatives.
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