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Public Art Commission Selects Four Finalists for Gateway Island Public Art Project

The City of Ashland Public Art Commission is pleased to announce the four artists selected to continue in the Gateway Island public art process: Pete Beeman, Susan Zoccola, Roger White Stoller and John Buck.  Each of these artists has experience working with local communities and public art commissions in the creation of original, unique art work designed specifically for its location.
 
“We are very pleased with the selected artists, and we are grateful to all the artists who spent time and energy to send their submissions.  We were impressed with the number and quality of the sixty-eight responses to the Request for Qualifications/Call for Artists,” said Margaret Garrington, chair of the Public Art Commission.  “Of the sixty-eight received, only eight were disqualified for being incomplete or late.  The Public Art Commission carefully reviewed each of the individual submissions to determine if it met the criteria stated in the Request for Qualifications.  It took seven meetings and many, many hours for each commissioner to read, review and discuss the submissions.  We are confident in our selection of the four finalists and look forward to the artistic concepts they develop for the Gateway Island site over the next several months.”
 
The Gateway Island public art project was conceived ten years ago.  In 2004, the City Council designated the center of the island located between the Library and Fire Station No. 1, called the Gateway Island, as a placeholder for public art.  In 2007, the City Council passed a resolution allocating 3% of qualified transient occupancy tax revenue for public art.  The Public Art Commission has been saving those funds for the purpose of commissioning a significant piece of public art for the Gateway Island.  The artist who is selected to execute his or her concept will receive a commission of $100,000 in funds generated by those transient occupancy taxes.
 
The four artist finalists will visit Ashland in the next few months to tour the site and get a feel for the community.  The Public Art Commission is currently refining a means for citizens to provide information to help inform the artists about the community and the importance of the Gateway site as the anchor to the downtown.  The artists will then have several months to develop their individual concept.  They will return to Ashland in the fall of 2015 and present their proposed concepts to the community.  One artist will then be selected to realize his or her concept and install the completed work in the fall of 2016.
 
Opportunities to provide public input will be available in the July issue of the City newsletter mailed with utility bills, on the City’s website and other opportunities in the community over the next few months.

For more information about the artists and the Gateway Island Public Art see www.ashland.or.us/gateway
 

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