Macon Arts Alliance picks first two artists for Mill Hill project

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon Arts Alliance has picked its first two artists for the Mill Hill arts village in East Macon.

Samantha Hill is a transdisciplinary artist from Chicago, Illinois. She uses different forms of media to showcase historic events and locations. Hill participated in residences, exhibitions and public projects for several venues including the Anchorage Museum, Hyde Park Art Center and McColl Center for Art & Innovation, according to a news release from the Macon Arts Alliance.

The second artist is Ed Woodham. He’s a visual and performance artist from New York. He uses art to enhance public spaces. Woodham teaches workshops in socially engaged public performances. In 2015, he was selected as an advisor for Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE, according to the Macon Arts Alliance.

A panel chose these two community artists out of more than 30 applicants.

“We had a committee of local community members who did that and what they said stood out to them, was the experience that these artists had in working within the neighborhood level,” said Jonathan Harwell-Dye from the Macon Arts Alliance.

Hill and Woodham will move into the neighborhood in July and stay until October. The old Bibb Mill Auditorium is expected to be finished by 2017. Until that time, Hill and Woodham are expected to utilize different areas of the neighborhood for their art projects.

The Macon Arts Alliance plans to hold another round of applications in the future for two more artists to live in the neighborhood in 2017. As houses are renovated, they will be put up for sale so artists and community members can buy them. Harwell-Dye said the goal is to have 10 to 12 houses right next to the newly renovated auditorium on Clinton Street.

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