Chris Gilman

The Jacksonville Outdoor Gallery was an experimental project done in the city of Talent, Oregon to help support local artistic revenue in the area. Talent is neighbor to Ashland, Oregon, home of the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Southern Oregon, where the project was located, already houses tons of artisans and this was a way for them to not only show off their works but give back to the city in the process. One of the city council members was Chris Gilman, who helped run the gallery which pulled together $410,000. The net revenue from the whole thing produced $189, 593 that went back to the city and local artist businesses. Sculptures included masterworks and furniture that could be bolted in designated areas around Talent so that the public could go and see the pieces.