Monday, June 11, 2007

The City of Ventura’s Public Art Program is pleased to lead a Public Art and Conservation Internship this summer from June – August, 2007.

Interns are degree candidates and graduates of Fine Arts at California State University at Channel Islands. During the course of the summer, interns will work to conserve nearly 40 sculptures in our City's Public Art Collection, including the sculpture of
Father Junipero Serra and the 32 mile markers that line the Ventura River Trail.

Mile markers extend 6.7 miles along the trail and form a piece entitled, Mark. This work was completed by distinguished artist Jud Fine, a Professor of Sculpture at the University of Southern California. To learn more about his work, please click here.

Interns have received professional training in conservation techniques from renowned Conservator Andrea Morse of Sculpture Conservation Studio in Los Angeles. Interns are:

Bradley Barron
Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from CSUCI. Bradley is also a sculptor who works closely with Fine Arts Professor and Public Art Commissioner
Matt Furmanski.

James Norwood
Fine Arts student at CSUCI. James is a former teacher trained in sculpture and casting.

Tobie Roach
Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from CSUCI. Tobie is a painter with two commissioned murals in Ventura’s Public Art Collection for
The Streetscape Mural Project.

Jennifer Sapinoso
Fine Arts student at CSUCI. Jennifer is a sculptor who works with three-dimensional mixed media.

Layla Windwillows
Fine Arts student at CSUCI. Layla is a mixed media sculptor.

This blog will be updated weekly and will document the interns’ conservation work throughout the course of the summer. All are welcome to leave comments and to ask our interns questions about public art and their work.

Ventura's Public Art Program was enacted in 1991 and since then has incorporated an artist's vision to capital improvement projects providing visitors and residents alike with a new understanding of urban design in Ventura. Recognizing the substantial economic and social benefits gained through an aesthetic treatment of public spaces and consequent increased retail activity, the City established an ordinance allocating 2% of eligible City capital improvement project costs for the commissioning of artist design services and artwork integrated in the construction of public works. Policy oversight of the program is the responsibility of the Public Art Commission, a seven person volunteer advisory body.

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