Blue Flower/Flor Azul piece is a Merit Award Winner in the 2013 CoD+A Awards, under the institutional category. The CoD+A awards celebrate Public Art projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into interior or architectural spaces.nnABOUT THE ART COMMISSIONnnThe CoD+A Awards are presented by The Art Commission, an online platform that connects artists who create commission projects to those individuals, organizations, and corporations seeking commissioned art. The Art Commission focuses marketing efforts on design and art professionals who represent clients looking for site-specific artwork, but the website is open to any art lover who wants to find artists for unique, one-of-a-kind projects.
American for the Arts (PAR finalist)
Blue Flower/ Flor Azul selected by American For the Arts (Public Art Network Year in Review program) under “Honoring the Materials”
2013 PAN Year in Review Projects Announced
The Public Art Network Year in Review program recognizes exemplary and innovative, permanent or temporary public art works created or debuted in the previous calendar year. Three independent public art experts—John Carson, artist and Head of Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art, Norie Sato, artist, and Justine Topfer, Project Manager, San Francisco Arts Commission and private curator—juried the 2013 Year in Review. Their selections were announced on June 13, at the Americans for the Arts Public Art Preconference in Pittsburgh. Over 350 projects were submitted for review and 50 finalists selected.
Since 2000, the Public Art Network’s Year in Review has annually recognized outstanding public art projects through an open call submission and curation/selection process. Each year, two or more public art professionals are selected as curators to review hundreds of project applications of work installed or completed in the previous calendar year and select up to 50 public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country. The Public Art Network’s Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. The field is advanced by the commitment of artists to produce exceptional work, public art programs and administrators who facilitate public processes, and the curators all of whom dedicate time and thoughtful detail.
Honoring the Materials category
These projects share a desire to explore and exploit the potential of their chosen material. While playing off their locations, to varying degrees, the primary driver in all cases seems to be what could be achieved aesthetically through the enjoyment of materials and form – sculpturally, structurally, technically, kinetically, dramatically, metaphorically, and adventurously in terms of scale and expressiveness. Strong aesthetic statements are made exploring the qualities of softness and hardness, malleability and resistance, repetition and rhythm, light and movement.