Paint Brushes Hit the Wall at Newport Aquarium for ArtWorks’ Longest Mural in History

Over 300-foot-long #SharkWall to feature aquatic marine life

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NEWPORT, Ky. – A 35-foot-long sand tiger shark is coming to Newport Aquarium this summer.

The massive ragged-toothed shark will be the cornerstone of an aquatic-marine-life-themed mural to be displayed on the Newport Aquarium exterior wall facing the Ohio River in celebration of the aquarium’s 15-year anniversary.

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The #SharkWall will be produced by ArtWorks as part of the Cincinnati-based nonprofit’s 2014 Public Art campaign.

“Partnering with ArtWorks for this project provides a great opportunity for local youths in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities to showcase their artistic talents while developing their professional and life skills,” said Newport Aquarium VP/Executive Director Eric Rose. “The SharkWall is another example of Newport Aquarium’s continuous efforts to engage the community and we believe it will spark interest in marine aquatic life and conservation.”

With heights up to 35 feet and spanning more than 300 feet in length, the #SharkWall is ArtWorks’ longest mural project in the organization’s history.

The #SharkWall was designed by professional artist and Cincinnati native Roz Tallmadge, a 2006 graduate of Walnut Hills High School and former ArtWorks artist apprentice. Tallmadge will oversee a team of 10 local student artist apprentices that will work on the mural over a 10-week span. The apprentices began preliminary work on the #SharkWall this week. The project is scheduled for completion in August.

Roz Tallmadge is the lead artist for Newport Aquarium's #SharkWall.

Roz Tallmadge is the lead artist for Newport Aquarium’s #SharkWall.

Featuring aquatic marine life from around the world – including a 25-foot-tall African penguin – the #SharkWall will bring the experience of Newport Aquarium outside the building. It will serve as a focal point for the Newport riverfront, seen by thousands each day from downtown Cincinnati, boaters on the Ohio River, visitors to Newport on the Levee, and pedestrians on the Purple People Bridge and Taylor Southgate Bridge.

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Upon its expected August completion date, the #SharkWall will provide unique experiences from different vantage points. From downtown Cincinnati, viewers will recognize some of Newport Aquarium’s most popular animals. Newport on the Levee pedestrians will have an entirely different experience – discovering hidden treasures that only close examination will reveal.

Track #SharkWall Progress: Newport Aquarium is encouraging the public to take photos and post them to social media networks using the #SharkWall hashtag throughout the summer to help track the progress of the project.

About ArtWorks: Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Newport Aquarium to Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary Beginning May 1

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NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium opened to the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky community on May 15, 1999. To celebrate its upcoming 15-year anniversary, the Aquarium has a schedule full of events, discounts and promotions starting May 1 that will extend throughout the summer months.

May 15
15-Year Anniversary Media Event: Politicians representing Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Campbell County and the state of Kentucky, as well as business leaders from both sides of the Ohio River, will be present for a press conference to celebrate Newport Aquarium’s 15-year anniversary.

 May 1-15
FOX19.com $19.99 discounted tickets: WXIX-TV FOX19 Cincinnati will air one segment per day May 1-15 featuring unique aspects of Newport Aquarium. At the close of each segment, there will be information on how guests can purchase discounted general admission tickets to Newport Aquarium for only $19.99 through fox19.com. The $19.99 price is in homage to the year 1999, when Newport Aquarium opened to the public. Tickets are available for any visit date through May 31, 2014, but must be purchased on or prior to May 15, 2014 (while supplies last). http://www.fox19.com/

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Annual Passholders Bring-A-Friend Discount: Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders can purchase tickets for their friends and family members for just $15 for adults and $10 for children. Limit one (1) discounted guest ticket per Annual Pass. Offer and tickets valid Mondays-Fridays May 1-21, 2014.
http://www.newportaquarium.com/Aquarium-admission/Annual-Passes/Special-Offers.aspx

May 1, 5-8
Buy One Get One Free Penguin Encounters and Backstage Animal Experiences: On May 1 and May 5-8, guests can buy one Penguin Encounter or Backstage Animal Experience and get a second free.
http://www.newportaquarium.com/Aquarium-admission/Additional-Experiences.aspx?icid=bogodeal-camain

May 23
World Turtle Day: American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring its 14th annual World Turtle Day™ on May 23. The day was created as an observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. What better way to spend World Turtle Day in the tri-state than to visit Newport Aquarium and its newest exhibit, Turtle Canyon?

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May 23-Aug. 30
Extended Summer Hours: From May 23 through Aug. 30, Newport Aquarium will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily.

May 26-Aug. 29
Summer Family Hours: From May 26 through Aug. 29 (excluding Saturdays), between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., two children 12 years and under are admitted free with the purchase of one non-discounted adult ticket.

June
Artworks Mural: Starting in June, high school students from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will collaborate with Artworks Cincinnati on a summer-long project to design and produce a mural along the exterior riverside wall of Newport Aquarium. The mural will be pay reference to aquatic life exhibited at Newport Aquarium over the past 15 years, with a September expected completion date. More details to follow.

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com