Art Competition

A WINNER IS CHOSEN!

It is with great excitement and pleasure that the Tower Center at Unity Square announces Missouri artist, Amie J. Jacobsen, has been chosen the winner of the centerpiece design competition for the Tower Center at Unity Square, located between the Price Tower Arts Center and the Bartlesville Community Center.

Ms. Jacobsen’s, “Native Color at Unity Square” was unanimously accepted by chosen local art judges and the Design Committee for Tower Center at Unity Square. Jacobsen followed the request of the competition to have a design that represents “Unity, the Bartlesville community, and is a place to gather to appreciate the arts in a natural environment." This art piece is a grove of gleaming stainless steel and colorful thick-cast glass “Indian Blanket” flowers attended by honeybees. The Indian Blanket is the state wildflower, of vibrant colors of red and yellow, and the honeybees are a nod to nature, community workers, and producers. It will also use some native stone as seating near the installation.

The flowers in this design will stand from 8 feet to 11 ½ feet tall, making them a bold image in the landscape.  The height also keeps them well above the heads of visitors playing in the area and watching performances on the outside stage. In-ground water jets will spring up among the flowers during summer months, allowing for a fun place in which children can play.  Jacobsen explained, “It is interesting from every angle…and a place the whole community can enjoy and interact with year-round.”

Amie Jacobsen is an artist and designer working in the Kansas City area.  She holds a BA in Studio Art from Western State Colorado, as well as an MFA in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she taught illustration from 2006-2015.

In 2015 Jacobsen took the opportunity to learn metalworking as the in-house designer and resident artist at Machine Head, a metal fabrications shop in the Crossroads Art District in Kansas City, Missouri.  She then moved into her own studio and workshop where she and her team create pieces ranging from functional art and furniture to monumental public art pieces.

Bartlesville is blessed to have this original design in Tower Center at Unity Square.  Jacobsen expresses her style of creating best when stating, “For me, each piece is a celebration of the joy of human creativity and the ability to take raw materials and make something new”.

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