30th annual Public Art Series previewed in U City Library gallery, through February 29

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A preview of the 2016 Public Art Series is now on display in the University City Public Library Gallery, through February 29.  A public reception hosted by the artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 26 in the gallery.

This year signifies the 30th anniversary of the series partnership between Washington University and University City, which is the longest-running community/university public art series in the nation. Over the years, students have produced nearly 200 temporary public works of art around the community, ranging from sculpture to performance pieces.

Students in the fall 2015 course Public Practice: Art Practice (Realized Actions), taught by senior lecturer Noah Kirby, learned about the historical, theoretical, and practical considerations for creating artwork in relation to the material and social conditions of public space. They also developed proposals for this year’s series that responded to the theme of Boundary, which they presented to the University City Commission on Arts & Letters at the end of the semester.

The following winning projects will be constructed, installed, and unveiled in the spring:

Light Cycle by Hannah Blumer

Mending Wall by Dante Migone-Ojeda

Conversation Tubes by Daniel Shieh

Sandbox by Jessica Sun

The opening celebration for the series, featuring presentations and other activities, will take place from 2-4p April 17 at City Hall in University City.

Funding for University City Public Art is made possible in part by the generosity of the Marvin Levy Family, the Regional Arts Commission, and the City of University City.

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