Art is on the move this week in Tyler.
New Mexico-based sculptor Candyce Garrett is back in town this week to uninstall some of the pieces that were put in place around the Tyler Junior College campus in August 2015. Ms. Garrett's work spent the past 10-plus months on display in Tyler as part of the first public art project installation by the Tyler Museum of Art.
"Our objective was to have public art out for all the people to enjoy and appreciate," TMA Director Chris Leahy said. "The beauty of these large, granite sculptures have been quite inspirational."
The massive exhibition, with sculptures near the entrances to several buildings on the TJC campus, brought more people into the museum who might otherwise not have stopped by, Leahy said. And he personally heard only good things about the project.
It was the first time a public art installation of this scope has been hosted by the Tyler Museum of Art, Leahy said. He hopes it won't be the last time, only going so far as to say there was "something in the works to continue the outdoor installations."
Ms. Garrett, just back from Japan where she'd been invited to be one of five artists creating sculpture to honor tsunami victims, said being invited to exhibit on the Tyler Junior College campus was exciting.
"I'm sad to see them leaving," she said. "I liked them being here. They fit well on the campus."
Not all of Ms. Garrett's art is leaving East Texas. One piece will remain at the museum on long-term loan and a donor has purchased a second piece to stay as part of the TMA permanent collection. In addition, six pieces were purchased by private collectors in and around Tyler.
- Andrew D. Brosig