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News Release June 25, 2014


Contacts: Karol Rice, Bastrop Fine Arts Guild,, 512-565-6912 or Rose Marie Eash, Dublin & Associates,, 210.601.3987 for the City of Bastrop


Lost Pines Art Center Receives a 2014 ArtPlace America Grant
BASTROP, TEXAS, June 25, 2014 - The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild announced today that it has received one of the 55 grants given by ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) in 2014 to support creative placemaking across the country. The $488,800 grant will help turn Bastrop's 100-year old Powell Cotton Seed Mill into the Lost Pines Art Center & Sculpture Garden, providing a working space and gathering place for artists, residents, students and art lovers. 
Rendering by Barley & Pfeiffer Architects
Plans include a 4,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space - enough to house major traveling exhibits; 1,000 to 2,000 square feet of classroom space, and the opportunity to observe and learn from artists at work; outdoor sculpture gardens; studio silos - for pottery, sculpture and art glass; and an artist-in-residence loft and studio.
Rendering by Barley & Pfeiffer Architects
"We are so excited to share this wonderful news with our community," said Karol Rice, Project Director. "We can now begin the deconstruction phase, reclaiming and repurposing as much of the unique material as possible from the original building. The grant also provides funds for the final development of architectural design blueprints and construction documents. Being in the top four percent of all grants submitted nationwide demonstrates that when you plan well, develop strong community and corporate partnerships and engage local residents, bold visions can become a reality. Working together you can achieve something that may have once been considered inconceivable." 


"On behalf of Mayor Ken Kesselus and the City of Bastrop, we are so pleased with this wonderful, national recognition of our art community's dedication and hard work to transform a city landmark into a vibrant, exciting place for the arts," said City Manager Mike Talbot. "Along with grants already received from the Bastrop Economic Development Corp., the City of Bastrop, Collins Foundation, Shield-Ayers Foundation and the Texas Historical Foundation, the Lost Pines Art Center is well on its way. We encourage everyone to join in making this project come to life by adding their support. This is so good for the future of our city and the Lost Pines area. We look forward to both the economic and cultural impact the Lost Pines Art Center will have on our community."
Rendering by Barley & Pfeiffer Architects 
"Investing in and supporting the arts have a profound impact on the social, physical, and economic futures of communities," said ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie L. Bennett. "Projects like these demonstrate how imaginative and committed people are when it comes to enhancing their communities with creative interventions and thoughtful practices."
 "This grant doubles our fundraising achievements for the last year and a half," said Jeannette Condray, Project Finance Director. "And ArtPlace grants are well-known among some of the most significant foundations in the country and will enhance all future fundraising efforts. With this grant, and funds expected over the next six months, we will be more than half way to our overall fundraising goal of $3.5 million dollars."
About the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild 
Founded in 1998, the Bastrop Fine Art Guild is an association of artists formed to encourage cultural interest in and appreciation of fine art, and for the mutual aid and promotion of artists in Bastrop and Central Texas, communities. The Guild: 
  • Boasts over 160 member artists in all disciplines from Bastrop and the surrounding communities;
  • Operates a full-time gallery featuring the work of more than 100 local artists throughout the year;
  • Provides income for more than 100 artists through art sales at the Guild's gallery and other venues and events;
  • Hosts the monthly first Friday Art Walk and the annual Lost Pines Art Show;
  • Hosts a continually expanding roster of classes and other programming for children and adults;
  • Participates in AmeriCorps VISTA program with a full-time volunteer.


For more information on the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild and the Lost Pines Art Center


About ArtPlace America


ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) advances the field of creative placemaking, in which art and culture plays an explicit and central role in shaping communities' social, physical, and economic futures.  To date, ArtPlace has awarded $56.8 million through 189 grants to projects serving 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia.


ArtPlace is collaboration among the Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.


ArtPlace seeks advice and counsel from its close working relationships with the following federal agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.


ArtPlace has additional partnership from six major financial institutions: Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.


The deadline for submission for a 2015 grant application will be announced later this year. For more information or to join ArtPlace's mailing list, visit
For additional information about ArtPlace contact: Bow Bridge Communications, LLC, New York City, Libby Mark, Managing Principal, 917- 968-5567, 
 Editors Note: Renderings are available as digital files - call media contacts above.