ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Center announces the finalists for the 2006 Public Art Commission, a sculpture which will be prominently featured in a new outdoor plaza on the north side of the building. This work of art is intended both to mark the completion of Phase I of the Center’s expansion and serve as a tribute to the Arvada Center’s 30th Anniversary.
The finalists—Howard Kalish of Brooklyn, New York; Bruce Gueswe l of Loveland, Colorado and Kendra Fleischman of Golden, Colorado—are each accomplished sculptors having been selected from a pool of fifty artists or artist teams who submitted proposals from throughout the country. Maquettes of each artist’s design concept were officially unveiled at the Arvada Center’s Wine and Arts Classic on Friday, June 2. They are now on display in the Arvada Center ’s main entrance until September 30, during which time the public will have the opportunity to vote on its favorite design.
The winning selection will be announced at the Arvada Center’s 30th Anniversary celebration on November 5. The artwork is expected to be completed and installed by May 2007.
The Arvada Center has two other public art pieces on its premises. Funding for this $65,000 commission is being privately raised and will not come from the $6.5 million set aside for the expansion. Saunders Construction, Inc., the General Contractor for the expansion project, has kicked off the campaign with a $15,000 lead gift. For more information on how you can contribute to the Public Art Program, call (720) 898-7227.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is generously supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). It is the metro area’s seventh largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts.
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