Six artists have been chosen for consideration for public art at the new Pinney Branch Library, now tentatively scheduled to open in spring 2020 on Cottage Grove Road.

One piece will go inside the library and another will be installed outside. Jurors are considering the interior piece first at an open meeting on Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Lussier Family East YMCA, 711 Cottage Grove Road. These are opportunities for community members to see a bit of what the artists are thinking, with three 20-minute presentations followed by audience questions and comments.

Finalists for the interior piece include Maria Amalia Wood, a Honduran-born textile artist and recent master of fine arts graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology.

Other finalists are pARTS Collaboration, the duo of Caleb Weisnicht [BS-Art ’17] and Robin Good [BFA ’99]. Their artist statement says they are “committed to fostering community engagement and education through artistic expression and experiences grounded in the careful and conceptual use of natural materials.”

Michael Velliquette [MFA ’00, Foundations Lecturer], who makes intricate, large-scale works out of cut paper, has designed a boldly colorful piece called “Power Flow.” Erick “Ck” Ledesma submitted a design of sketched faces, like single line drawings given physical form.


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