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    Artist Finalists Proposals for the New Hill Central School Percent for Art Commission Exhibited at Wilson Library

    (New Haven, CT) – Three proposals for artwork to be commissioned by the City of New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs, for placement in the new Hill Central School will be on exhibit in the lobby of the Wilson Branch Library located at 300 Washington Avenue. The exhibit will be on display for public view May 25 thru June 14, 2010. The winning design will be the 36th work of art to be commissioned under the Percent for Art Program. Members of the public are invited to give feedback on the proposals for the consideration by the Percent for Art Jury.

    About the Percent for Art Program

    The municipal ordinance that created the Percent for Art Program was enacted in 1981, and established that up to 1% of the municipality’s total cost of a construction or renovation project be allocated for the purchase or commission of a work of art to be placed within the facility. Since its inception, thirty six works of art have been commissioned for many of the city’s public schools, fire stations, parks, libraries, and other public buildings and spaces.

    New Haven was the first city in the State to enact such legislation; only two other cities in Connecticut have since established Percent for Art Programs. Stamford’s Percent for Art Program was legislated in the early 1980’s but is no longer in operation. New Britain’s Percent for Art Program was only recently legislated. Over 26 states and 90 countries and municipalities in the United States currently have Percent for Art legislation.

    About the Hill Central School

    The new Hill Central School will be located at 140 Dewitt Street in the Hill section of New Haven. The architect for project is Kenneth Boroson. The school is expected to be completed in 2012.

    About the Finalists and the Final Proposals

    Cynthia Fisher is an artist and educator from Western Massachusetts. Fisher is a master mosaic artist who also teaches this ancient art form internationally. She has won many public art competitions throughout the nation and has studied extensively in Europe.

    Jahmane West is an urban artist from Norwalk, Connecticut. He has recently completed murals for Artspace in Bridgeport and for Art Under the Bridge in Norwalk. West is the founder of Lexicon Gallery, one of Connecticut’s first galleries specializing in Urban Art.

    Duviyan Montoya a Connecticut native, is a painter and human rights advocate. Montoya has an extensive list of awards for his work in the arts and recently founded a center for art in Norwalk, Connecticut.

    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: Barbara J. Lamb

    Contact Phone: (203) 946-8378

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