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2016

Americans for the Arts Recognizes Outstanding Public Arts Projects for 2015 during Annual Convention

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Javier Flores, Department for Culture & Creative Development
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Americans for the Arts Recognizes Outstanding Public Arts Projects for 2015 during Annual Convention
City of San Antonio’s ‘Sotol Duet’ Honored by Public Art Network Year in Review

WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2016) – Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honors 38 outstanding public arts projects created in 2015 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The works were chosen from 260 entries across the country and recognized today at Americans for the Arts’ 2016 Annual Convention in Boston. 

“Sotol Duet,” commissioned by the City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD) as a 2012 Bond public art project, is one of the 38 outstanding public art projects honored. This recognition is the third from PAN for DCCD and the City of San Antonio since 2012. 

Created by renowned artist Jon Isherwood, “Sotol Duet” is a two-part sculpture made of granite – one red and one black – located at the trail head of Panther Springs Park, off Wilderness Oaks Drive. The sculptures take their shape from the sotol plant that can be found throughout the park. The red granite sculpture sits 7-feet high, resembling the sotol plant above ground, while the black granite sculpture at 4.25-feet high and is inspired by the root of the sotol plant below ground.

“Public art enriches the quality of life of any community by adding art into everyday public spaces. We are fortunate that the City of San Antonio has a robust public art program that incorporates artworks into our parks, libraries, City streets and many other areas for San Antonio residents and visitors to enjoy,” Mayor Ivy R. Taylor said. “We are proud to be recognized by Americans for the Arts for a third time.”

DCCD’s Public Art San Antonio division facilitates a public process for commissioning art of the highest standards which enriches the quality of life and visual environment for all residents and visitors of San Antonio. PASA manages public art projects associated with the City’s capital improvements programs and connects to the community through exhibits, presentations, outreach and planning initiatives. PASA works directly with all City departments and supports local public art efforts of artists, community groups, partnership organizations and outside agencies. 

“I’m proud, but not particularly surprised, that ‘Sotol Duet’ has received this national recognition,” District 9 Councilman Joe Krier said. “I’ve heard from many visitors to Panther Springs Park that this installation enhances what is already a great experience.”

The Public Art Network, a program of Americans for the Arts, is designed to provide services to the diverse field of public art and to develop strategies and tools to improve communities through public art. The network’s constituents are public art professionals, visual artists, design professionals, and communities and organizations planning public art projects and programs. 

“These Public Art Network Year in Review selections illustrate that public art has the power to enhance our lives on a scale that little else can. Whether subtly beautiful or vibrantly jolting, a public art work has the singular ability to make citizens going about everyday business stop, think, and through the power of art appreciate a moment, no matter how brief,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “I congratulate the artists and commissioning groups for these community treasures, and I look forward to honoring more great works in the years to come.”

The 2016 PAN Year in Review jurors were Lucas Antony Cowan, Public Art Curator of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston; Constance Y. White, Lead Creative of SLDcreative in Dallas, Texas; and Franka Diehnelt, Co-owner of merge conceptual design in Santa Monica, California. 

The 38 public art works selected for the PAN Year in Review can be seen on this page. The presentation, which includes photos and descriptions of these works, are available for purchase through Americans for the Arts’ store. 

To learn more about this and other Public Art San Antonio projects, visit www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com/publicart. 

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