The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture proudly announces Troy Reynolds and FCI Constructors as the recipient of the 2019 Champion of the Arts Award. Troy & FCI were nominated by Gary Hauschulz, a local artist, along with 12 other artists who were involved with the 2019 Art on the Corner program. FCI has been voluntarily involved with Art on the Corner for 23 years and Troy for 19 years, and at least 100 current and past employees of FCI have been involved since the start of the program. FCI donates all of the equipment, labor, resources, skill, and expertise to effectively de-install and install the rotating exhibit, as well as relocate permanent sculptures. Every year, 8-12 employees organized by Troy appear before sunrise and work until the last sculpture is welded or bolted into place. This year there was a total of 31 sculptures. “The overwhelming support and knowledge of each volunteer from FCI is critical for the success of the Art on the Corner installation each year,” said Tina Ross, Art on the Corner Coordinator. “The physical and mechanical requirements brought by the volunteers to place the sculptures is rarely considered by the viewer. However, these behind the scenes heroes help make this all possible.”
All of the artists that participate in AOTC (Art on the Corner), some new, some for years, recognize the amazing skills, dedication and talent of the FCI crew to safely remove and set sculptures. The many quotes from participating artists echo this one from Kyle Ocean of Fort Collins who stated, “The installation process in Grand Junction for Art on the Corner is a breath of fresh air in the public art realm. The team is experienced in every aspect of installing public projects and has an answer to every hurdle you can throw their direction. They are efficient and extremely helpful, well prepared with tools and power options, and it makes the install incredibly easy and stress free. I look forward to my trips to Grand Junction in the fall and could not have higher regard for the team and program that make up Grand Junction’s Art on the Corner.”
As the award, the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture placed a call for local artists. Compliments, a collaborative piece by Mary Mansfield and Tish Collins was chosen among 40 submissions. Troy Reynolds and FCI Constructors were honored with this award at the Centennial Band’s Holiday Light on Winter Night concert on Sunday, December 15 at Grand Junction High School.
Please join us in congratulating Troy Reynolds and FCI Constructors as the recipients of the 2019 Champion of the Arts Award.