School 33 Art Center


Co-Lab(oration): Front Stoop/Back Yard

06/14/2014 - 06/28/2015
Co-Lab(oration): Front Stoop/Back Yard
A collaborative installation by Kelley Bell, Linda DePalma, and Melissa Webb
Project Consultant: Brendan Hughes
Opening Celebration: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 3-6pm
On view through Summer 2015

Funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, School 33 Art Center’s Co-Lab(oration) is an on-going platform for diverse artists to work collaboratively in a process of creative exploration, resulting in the development of multiple new works.

Using local front stoop and backyard neighborhood culture as a starting point, Front Stoop/Back Yard aims to be a quirky and delightful new meeting place for the community and a little sanctuary for our urban birds. Artists Kelley Bell, Linda DePalma, and Melissa Webb have constructed highly detailed birdhouses that are scale replicas of iconic Baltimore buildings – Penn Station, the Patterson Park Pagoda, the “Painted Ladies” of Charles Village and Form Stone row homes. Marble steps and canvas awning constructions provide a shady spot to start a conversation. Painted screens installed in School 33’s windows overlook the garden. Collaborating as a group for the first time, the artists have used Baltimore’s architectural vernacular as an inspiration point to create a garden environment that connects with the senses and invites the community to interact with the surroundings.