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Calling all artists for new Art in Public Places projects! Heather Barfield does England with Metamorphosex.

Heather Barfield in <i>Dark Goddess  2001</i>
Heather Barfield in Dark Goddess 2001

The city of Austin Art in Public Places program and the Department of Aviation are seeking artwork for two outdoor pedestrian bridges at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Interested artists should review the city's Request for Qualifications for project description, budget, artist eligibility, and submission requirements. Submissions are due Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 5pm. For more information, call 530-7541, or visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport/abiaart.htm and click on "Call for artists."

AIPP is also looking for artwork for the expansion of the South Austin Tennis Center. Artists experienced with durable materials in sculpture, metalsmithing, ceramics, and mosaics are being sought. The artist(s) selected for the project will be asked to develop a proposal, which will determine the scope of work on this project. To apply, artists must join the AIPP Visual Art Image Registry by July 2. For more information, as well as the Civic Arts/Public Art Downtown Master Plan RFP, visit www.cityofaustin.org/aipp.

Heather Barfield, actor, director, and business manager for the Austin Circle of Theaters, and Chronicle Arts writer (see her review of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in "Exhibitionism"), has been invited to present her paper on Annie Sprinkle's Metamorphosex – which Sprinkle presented only in Austin – at a conference on Postfeminist Practices in the Arts at Northampton University College, England. The honor comes as Barfield has just had a letter to the editor published in The Drama Review, is spearheading a collaborative production based on the work of Antonin Artaud, and is about to start on her Ph.D. in the UT Department of Theatre & Dance. All this activity means she's leaving the ACoT staff – stepping into her managerial shoes is St. Edward's grad Eryn Gettys – but ACoT isn't sore. On the contrary, it's creating a scholarship fund to assist Barfield with travel and schooling expenses. For more information, call 247-2531.

Speaking of ACoT, the venerable service organization turned 30 last month and celebrated with a happy hour party at Manuel's. To mark the milestone, ACoT raffled off a pair of $185 tickets to the Simon & Garfunkel/Everly Brothers concert at the Erwin Center on July 6. The lucky winner was renewing ACoT member John Skaggs.

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