The Royal Oak Artist Laureate program is designed to recognize and acknowledge the artistic contributions of experienced individual artists, to provide a year of exposure for the selected artist to share their talent with the Royal Oak community, and to encourage and nurture the arts and creative culture in the city. The appointment as the Artist Laureate is a considered a civic appointment and one of honor.
Who can be the Royal Oak Artist Laureate?
Applicants must be an experienced artist living in the City of Royal Oak. Artists of all disciplines (visual artists, musicians, dancers, poets, performance artists, photographers, etc.) may apply.
What is required of an Artist Laureate?
By the end of the one-year term, the Artist Laureate will be expected to produce and display publicly one piece of visual art, one written composition, or one artistic performance that represents the Royal Oak community. The specific project must be pre-approved by the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts and by the City of Royal Oak. The City may require that the artist display their project at city events or otherwise engage in city-sponsored community outreach.
What benefits does the Artist Laureate receive?
The Artist Laureate will receive a $5000 stipend for the public art project, 60% up front and 40% upon completion. The city will announce and widely publicize the selection of the Artist Laureate and the completion of the public art project, as well as activities related to the Artist Laureate program throughout the year.
Past Artist Laureates
2019-2021: Ceramic artists Laurie Eisenhardt and Marcia Hovland created a large mural titled “Royal Oak Roots” which is displayed on the first floor of City Hall.