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    Three Proposals for the East Rock School Percent for Art Commission on Public Display

    New Haven, CT) – Three proposals for artwork, to be commissioned by the City of New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) for placement in the new East Rock School, will be on display for public viewing in the New Haven Free Public Library and later in DCA’s new Project Storefronts 100 Crown Street location. The exhibit at the main downtown branch of the New Haven Free Public Library runs July 5-11 and then continues July 12-22 at 100 Crown St. The library is located at 133 Elm Street overlooking the New Haven Green. Viewers are invited to give feedback on the proposals, which the Percent for Art Jury will take into consideration when selecting the winner. The winning design will be the 38th work of art commissioned under the Percent for Art Program.

    About the Percent for Art Program

    New Haven was the first city in the State of Connecticut to create a Percent for Art program. The 1981 Municipal Ordinance that created the City’s Percent for Art Program requires that 1% of the municipality’s contribution toward the project’s construction budget be set aside for the commissioning of a site-specific work of art for that facility. Since its inception, 37 works of art have been commissioned for many of the city’s public schools, fire stations, parks, libraries and other public buildings and spaces.

    About East Rock School

    A brand new structure has been designed for East Rock School as part of New Haven’s School Construction Program. The old building at 133 Nash Street has been demolished and the new facility, designed by New Haven-based Newman Architects, is being built in its place. It will feature energy-efficient systems and a community-friendly open plan using windows and public courtyards to connect the school to the nearby park and the neighborhood. The school is scheduled to be completed in August 2012.

    About the Finalists and the Final Proposals

    Jo Yarrington is a professional artist and educator from Connecticut. She has received numerous awards and public art commissions, including sculpture installed in the International Arrivals Halls at Raleigh-Durham Airport. Yarrington works in various combinations of glass, waxed paper, and transparent photographs, the translucent materials functioning as a physical framework and a symbolic membrane, capturing and transforming light. Recently she has been working on a series of sited projects where she places photographs in the glass facades of galleries, museums and sanctuaries, altering the nature of the image through light and lens effects.

    Paul Villinski is a professional visual artist living and working in New York City who has created studio and large-scale artworks for more than three decades. He works in recycled material and specializes in interactive public sculptures involving the local community. His works incorporates found objects and materials specific to the installation location. He is currently working on a large scale commission for the New York Parks Department. Villinski’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally, recently including “Second Lives: Repurposing the Ordinary” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; “Prospect 1,” at an international Biennial in New Orleans; and “Emergency Response Studio,” a FEMA trailer redesigned and rebuilt into a solar and wind powered mobile artist’s studio. Villinski is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City.

    Robert Perless is a professional artist and Connecticut resident well known for his works with light, aluminum and solar power. He has an extensive exhibition history, including many museum acquisitions and public art commissions. Throughout his career he has used the forces of nature to draw attention to the interconnections between the natural world, science and art. Perless’s work draws viewers in to see and experience with a new appreciation the previously unnoticed, invisible power that surrounds us in our everyday environment.

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    The City of New Haven's Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the City's quality of life and supporting its economic development through the production of events, the commissioning of public art and assisting and promoting New Haven's many artists and cultural organizations.

    Contact Name: Margaret Bodell

    Contact Email: publicart@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-2895

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