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Public Art Symposium for Local Artists in El Paso

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s (MCAD) Public Art Program invites local artists interested in increasing their capacity  to attend a Public Art Symposium, on Saturday April 28, 2012 at the Philanthropy Theatre from 9 – 5 p.m., with networking reception to follow from 5 – 6 p.m. at the Sky Garden Rooftop. Both venues are located inside The Plaza Theatre, 125 Pioneer Plaza.

Participating artists will learn how to make the leap into the public art field—from finding public art projects, securing commissions, and hands-on workshop on how to submit a winning letter of interest. Guest Speaker Lynn Basa, artist and author of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions, will be moderating the symposium

The event is free but attendees must register by April 23 to Alejandra Carrillo at carrilloam@elpasotexas.gov or (915) 541-4481.

About moderator Lynn Basa

Chicago artist Lynn Basa divides her practice between studio work and large-scale public art commissions around the country. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on public art professional practices. She is the former chair of the public art committee of the Seattle Arts Commission and founding director and curator of the University of Washington Medical Center’s art collection. Her book The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions is widely considered to be the authoritative handbook nationally for artists seeking to create work in the public art field.

Other Speakers

  • Sherri Brueggemann, Manager of the Public Art Urban Enhancement Program of Albuquerque,
  • Patricia Dalbin, Public Art Coordinator, City of El Paso MCAD
  • Dan Fuller, Collection Manager for Albuquerque’s Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
  • Sabina Muñoz, El Paso public artist
  • Greg E. Reiche, New Mexico public artist
  • WERC, El Paso public artist
  • Mary Ellen Wooten, Tucson Public Art Program Manager

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