“Downtown Is Pawsome”: Nipper’s Pups Take to the Streets

The roster of artists selected to participate in the Downtown Albany BID’s “Downtown Is Pawsome” public art project has been announced.

The outdoor public art installation will feature 20 three-foot-tall sculptures based on Albany’s most famous canine resident and beloved local landmark, Nipper the Dog. The fiberglass Nippers will be customized by regional artists and placed on exhibit at a variety of locations throughout downtown from mid-June-May, 2018.

The call for artists issued last month resulted in an outpouring of enthusiasm with nearly 90 applications to
creatively interpret the sculptures submitted by schools, community groups and artists ranging from talented toddlers to tattoo artists to nationally recognized graphic designers.

Due to the overwhelming response to the project, the number of sculptures was doubled from 10 to 20. The first litter of the painted pups are scheduled to hit the streets in mid-June, with the second wave of sculptures arriving in early July.

The Downtown Is Pawsome exhibit will kick off with a Garden Party from 5:30-8pm on Friday, June 16 in Albany’s Tricentennial Park. Historian, author and former Assemblymember Hon. Jack McEneny will be presented with the 2017 Norman S. Rice Arts, Culture and Education Award at the event.

Tickets are $60 in advance; $65 at the gate; $40 for ages 29 and under, and all proceeds from the Garden Party will benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, as well as the Downtown Albany BID’s continued revitalization of downtown Albany. GO HERE to purchase tickets for the Garden Party.

Here’s the complete list of artists selected to create the 20 Nipper pups:

Bob Anderson, Albany
Matthew Bartik, Pattersonville
Sarah Bassett & Hannah McGrath, Brookline, MA
Mitchell Biernacki, Troy
Melanie Lucia Clarke, Clifton Park
Kit Collins, Medford, MA
Diane Cubit, Troy
Kristen Dahms, Ballston Lake
Sandra Dwileski, Albany
Tim Fealey, Albany
First Church in Albany, Albany
John “Gianni” Gaudet, Albany
Gretchen Geser, Delmar
Betsy Gorman, Valatie
Ali Herrmann, Lenox, MA
Jessica Mansmith, Halfmoon
Myers Middle School, Albany
Scotty Somerville, Albany
Upside Collective, Albany
Elaine Wilson, Schodack Landing

We can’t wait to see how they groom these dogs…

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