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MAY 2013 News Briefs Brief items from the past month related to public art in Florida from the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP)

NATIONAL The Wall Street Journal was the first global media outlet to break the story of Slow Art Day, although, not surprisingly, it focused on museum experiences. The three Florida programs that focused on public art are rarities in the growing four-year-old movement.


Reaching Across the Aisle: Public Art Partnerships

Speakers include: Elaine C. Illes, Department of Transportation Consultant: As a consultant to the Department of Transportation. Elaine has worked on the interstate system in the Tampa Bay area for more than a decade. In the early 1990s, she was the Project Manager for the Project Development phase, overseeing the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement that covered the proposed 15-mile multi-lane improvements throughout the City of Tampa. Since 1996, Elaine has been working with the four design teams on the commitments made to the public during the project development phase. This has included overseeing the largest historic preservation mitigation project undertaken by the USDOT. Elaine continues to be active in assisting with community issues and design issues that potentially affect the community. Melissa LeBaron, Project Coordinator, City of Tampa Art Programs Division: Melissa is primarily focused on the City of Tampa’s Public Art Program, and manages Calls-to-Artists, oversees artist contracts, maintains the Public Art Inventory, manages federal grant submissions, and maintains the Division’s websites. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and recently completed the Nonprofit Management graduate certificate program at the University of South Florida.

Michael Parker, Muralist and Public Artist: A Massachusetts native, Mike Parker received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He has completed a number of community partnerships, most recently, in Bradenton and Ruskin, Florida and Missoula, Montana. Parker’s approach to his community programs are thorough and inclusive – for the current Adamo Drive Mural project in Tampa, he incorporated art education and researched individual experiences about living, working, or growing up in the Ybor City neighborhood in which the mural is located. Ken Rollins, Public Art Consultant, Rollins Fine Art: Ken has been Executive Director of four art museums in Florida over a career of thirty years: The Deland Museum of Art (Deland); the Polk Museum of Art (Lakeland), the Gulf Coast Museum of Art (Largo); and Interim Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art. He is a 1964 charter class graduate of the University of South Florida in liberal arts, received a Masters in ceramics/sculpture from the University of Tennessee, and is a graduate of the Museum Management Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2004, Ken was honored with the Florida Association of Museums Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, he was presented with the Florida Art Museum Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, he led the Tampa Museum of Art through a three-year period of development.

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Catherine Woods, C Glass Studio creates work that responds to and transforms environments. Working mainly with architectural glass and metal, her large-scale public artworks have been featured in ‘Sculpture Review’ and ‘Public Art Review’ magazines. Her award-winning work has also been recognized by the Americans for the Arts prestigious public art competition ‘Year in Review’. Her work can be seen at

Get all the information HERE.

2) Listing of COUNTY Public Art Ordinances in Florida Tom Hall of Art Southwest in Ft. Myers has put together a listing of all the known County Public Art programs and their ordinances. (Last month we shared the City list) Find them [HERE]

3) Public Art Programs in Florida Updated map of Public Art Programs in Florida: [HERE] (Let us know if your program is not listed)

BOYNTON BEACH 1) Four 100+ year old specimen trees now contain artwork by three artists. The three die-cut aluminum colored LED-lit giant lanterns by Dee Dee Morrison; three shimmering copper and stained glass fish by Joe Chamness; and six colorful glass-blown orbs with computer controlled colorful LED’s as well as three colorful kinetic butterflies by David Langley were funded by the CRA to enliven the Ocean Avenue area being redeveloped. The project was managed by the Arts in Public Places staff.

2) A ten by sixteen foot acrylic mural panel by Dana Donaty, titled Re Lucertola, was installed at Bäd Ragaz Hall & Biergarten. It was inspired by the music/poetry of Jim Morrison and the south Florida weather.

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3) Mangrove Gate, is a living wall screen element by environmental artist and designer Matt rowan, and landscape architect Johnthan Toner. It was installed on the PNC Bank building with sculpturally undulating supports that on their own recall the flowing “rivers of grass” in the everglades. Carefully curated plan species are growing up and within the structure. As night falls, low-voltage lighting adds dimention.

4) Emerging environmental artist, “Tiki” Tom Bazinet created 12 “tiki” people from objects he collected on Boynton beach and mangrove canopies along the Intracoastal Waterway with a small ($2,000) budget. Tom used the exposed wood piling from a former walkway, cement, found objects and wire to sculpt each tiki person and topped them with a live plant that requires no maintenance. Surrounding the Tiki People is a beach with a wall that the public can rest and observe each character he created. Lighting along the bench will illuminate the “Island of Tiki People” at night. When “Tiki” Tom was installing his environment artwork a bit of controversy came about when a nearby church thought the tiki people were sacrilegious. Many of the clergy contacted the Public Art Administrator who educated them about the projects purpose and encouraged them to speak with “Tiki” Tom Bazinet. Once they learned about project they were accepted it. The catholic church and its private school were engaged in the project and used it as an educational demonstration site for Earth Week 2013.

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BROWARD 1) Twenty-six artists attended an extensive five-day professional development series last month to learn skills and find support for innovative public art ideas. For Broward-based artists that attend the entire series, there will be an additional opportunity to apply for seed funding through four grants at $5,000 each, in order to create a great new art idea. Lynn Basa and Henning Haupt taught “General Introduction into Public Art & Design”; Marie York and Henning Haupt taught “’CAAP Talks’ on Community Design”; Barbara Schaffer Bacon and Henning Haupt taught “Building Effective Collaborations through Civic Engagement”; and Marty Pottenger and Henning Haupt taught “Starting and funding your Own Project”.

Taking in “Slow Art Day during the workshop. “Arial Concerto” by Dorothy Gillespie, 1994 2) Artists Scott Parsons and David Griggs were commissioned by Broward Cultural

Division’s Public Art & Design Program to create an original terrazzo floor artwork for Terminal 3 as part of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The floor design is inspired by the uniqueness of South Florida’s ecosystems, which are defined by the flow of water, from freshwater to saltwater. This unique floor design visually aids with the organization of pedestrian traffic circulation and creates focal/meeting points, while providing a welcoming experience to airport visitors, reflective of the region.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Terminal 3, Concourses E & F, to be completed in July

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CORAL SPRINGS 1) Rock-et Man by Craig Berube-Gray, an artist from Maine, was installed in early March as a year-long temporary installation (so until March 2014).

2) ColorPlay, the commissioned 50th Anniversary Entryway piece for the Atlantic Blvd. entry into Coral Springs is still in fabrication and set to be installed this year. Stephen Canneto is the artist, he is based out of Ohio. Here is his website:

GADSDEN 1) Here’s a video about a community mural project at a community garden by visiting artist John “Jahni” Moore from Alabama.

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JACKSONVILLE 1) Jacksonville’s Manager of Art in Public Places Program, Christie Thompson Holechek has her own art work featured during the month of May on a billboard in The Highway Gallery – a city wide public art campaign sponsored by Clear Channel Outdoor and Clearly Jacksonville along with Harbinger and Florida Mining Gallery.

2) Local artist Shaun Thurston completed the Chamblins Uptown mural downtown, facilitated by the Cultural Council and Downtown Vision Inc. through a private grant of $6500.

3) Jacksonville’s long-awaited One Spark event occurred over four days in April and filled venues downtown with temporary art installations. The event left behind a few permanent murals too. One Spark was a unique crowd-funding event based on Grand Rapids’ Art Prize. It drew an estimated 120,000 people who could vote for their favorite projects which included art, technology and inventions. Some of the most notable of the art installations included a giant rubber ducky by the University of North Florida sculpture program. The ducky floated in the fountain in the central Hemming Plaza and became the mascot of the event. Photographer Doug Eng installed very large scale prints in vacant street level windows. As the streets of downtown were brought to life with art installations The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville launched a new grant opportunity for permanent projects in what has been designated the Spark Initiative District. Like so many other municipalities, Jacksonville seems to waking up to the idea that cultivating arts and culture serves the greater purpose of cultivating our neglected downtown core.

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Key West is a new photo gallery of all the island public art. The project to catalog them all turned up surprisingly more than the Public Art folks had realized.

KISSIMMEE 1) A new mural by Juliana (Jules) Davidson entitled “Osceola’s Landscape of History” was dedicated last month. The mural, depicting, as you’d imagine, the history of Osceola County, was installed at the Valencia College Osceola Campus new building 4 campus extension. The physical aspects of the mural are acrylic and mixed media on wood panels providing textural elements to help bring the images to life. The process began with tissue paper applied to the wood panels with gesso and painted into perspective color blocks. Each black and white image was individually created with hand pressed layers of tissue paper, cut out and painted then applied in a decoupage manner. Additional texture was added to the waterline using Flexirock texturing material, and finally the text was laid out and all of it clear-coated for protection.

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ORLANDO The kinetic sculpture “Garden of Motion� by Tim Watkins and Carol May has been removed from the Turnpike island where it stood since 2001. It had become rusted and parts were falling off.

PORT ST. LUCIE On April 8, City Council voted unanimously to revise Ordinance 09-100 to modify the percent for art from 1% on all major site renovations and new development including capital projects - excluding land costs, to now a tiered percent: 10,000 sq. ft. and under = 0%; 10K-50K sq. ft. = .5%; 50K and above = 1%. Two new seats are added: one (1) from the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and one (1) from the Treasure Coast Builder's Association. The new appointments were made by the Mayor at the Coucil meeting on Monday, April 22. They also are codifying the new Ordinance by adding it to the list of City codes & ordinances with a section in MuniCode.

CALLS FOR ART Seminole (City of) Florida resident artists to design, fabricate, and install a passenger shelter, bike rack and two benches. Deadline June 3.

TAMPA $7,000 to $250,000 each for TEN projects for a park and housing area. Deadline May 31. Contact: , 813-274-8531

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PLEASE LET US KNOW Let us know about any public art related news from your area – new art work, loss of art work, press or legislation affecting the arts, new personnel, etc. Send news of the month to by the 1st of the following month.

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