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March 22 event explores public art, environment

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Mar 08, 2013 10:06 AM

UofL’s Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships will have a daylong symposium on public art March 22 at the University Club on Belknap Campus.

“Public Art and the City: Art In/On the Landscape” will examine connections among art, sustainability and environment.

New York City sculptor and studio artist Mary Miss, will deliver the keynote address. Miss also is the artistic director of the collaborative City as Living Laboratory Inc., which promotes sustainability to the public through the arts. She has art installations and exhibitions throughout the United States and several other countries.

The conference is scheduled to at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

Morning panelists will discuss recent public art projects in St. Louis, Nashville and Long Beach, Calif. The featured artists have created or managed works in outdoor settings such as vacant city lots, flooded waterfronts and alongside urban waterways. Those speakers include Tiffany Carbonneau, Bellarmine University assistant professor of art; Leslie Markle, Washington University curator for public art; and Caroline Vincent and Van Gill, Nashville Metro Arts Commission public art manager and project coordinator.

The afternoon roundtable session about perspectives on public art will feature UofL professors discussing sacred places, environmental history, urban planning and mapping as a tool to understand landscape.

Dan Jones, chairman and CEO of 21st Century Parks, will give the luncheon talk about the Parklands of Floyds Fork urban parks system project.

Registration is $25 for the general public and includes breakfast and lunch. University students and faculty may attend for free if they register by March 18. Registration is encouraged by March 18 as seating is limited.

Contact Janna Tajibaeva, 502-852-2247 to register, or check the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships.

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