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San Jose Public Art 
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San Josť Public Art Program 
July 2009  Volume 2, Issue 7
In This Issue
Public Art Committee: Next Meeting July 21, 2009
Public Events: July-August 2009
Two Fun Ways to Explore Public Art
View Past Issues of San Jose Public Art
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ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES - A NEW CLIENT FOR PUBLIC ART
The City of San Jose's Environmental Services Department (ESD) and the Public Art Program are launching an exciting new collaboration that will have a direct impact on the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (Plant) as it undergoes its most important renovation since it was built in 1956. The collaboration will initiate with two projects: a photographer-in-residence, and an artist to devleop interpretive artwork in conjunction with the Plant tours. The artists for these commissions were selected through an RFQ process and will be reviewed for approval at the July meeting of the Public Art Committee.
 
Nationally renowned, and photographer Robert Dawson will be the Public Art Program's very first photographer-in-residence. A San Francisco-based photographer and teacher at both Stanford and San Jose State University, Mr. Dawson has spent his career documenting and studying the water of Western United States for his ongoing "Water in the West" project. As he has stated "Water is the most compelling metaphor and prescient symbol for the legacy of attitudes that have profoundly shaped the landscape of the West. The full range of our nation's regard for the natural world has manifested itself in western water history."
 
 Robert Dawson Image newsletter 7.17.09
Flooded Salt Air Pavi, Robert Dawson
 
Starting in September 2009, Mr. Dawson will document the people, places and operations involved in the daily workings of the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant. The Plant, operated by ESD on behalf of the 1.4 million residents and 16,000 businesses served by Cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, the West Valley Sanitation District, the Cupertino Sanitary District, the County Sanitation District 2-3, and the Burbank Sanitary District, is a 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week facility that utilizes unique aspects of science, nature, and technology to ensure the safe treatment of 110 million gallons of sewage a day.
 
Oakland artist Mark Brest van Kempen will create interpretive artwork for the bust tours at the Plant. Mr. Brest van Kempen is a nationally recognized environmentally artist who has worked on several other water-based artworks, including the Ravenna Creek Project in Seattle and Views of the Greenbelt in Oakland.

The interpretive artwork is intended to be an integrative aspect of the current Plant tours that encourage visitors to reflect upon the issues that impact water conservation and use. Last year the Plant tour had approximately 4,000 participants. Education and outreach is a key goal of the Plant's development and planning. The public artwork will play an important role in expanding visitor's thinking about the Plant, its function, and the impact that every day decisions can have on our regional ecology. An Oakland artist,  
According to Matt Krupp, planner on the Plant Master Plan and liaison between ESD and Public Art on the development of this important program, "The Plant wants its processes to be more transparent and accessible to the general public. We want to let everyone know what it is that we do and how our work helps safeguard the community and," Krupp continues, "the use of public art as a catalyst for community dialogue is a unique and exciting opportunity for Environmental Services and the Plant."
 
To learn more about the Environmental Services Department and to sign up for a tour of the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant, please visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/esd/.

The Public Art Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 21st.

For more information on Robert Dawson, visit www.robertdawson.com.

For more information on Mark Brest van Kempen, visit http://www.greenmuseum.org/artist_index.php?artist_id=51.
PACBlockPUBLIC ART COMMITTEE

The Public Art Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 5:30 PM. The following action items are on the agenda: 

Enviromental Services
1. Public Art Core Team recommendation of Robert Dawson as a Photgrapher-in-Residence for the Enviromental Services Department. (Citywide)
 
2.  Public Art Core Team recommendation of Mark Brest van Kempen to design an Interpretive Artwork for the San Jose/Santa ClaraWater Pollution Control Plant. (Citywide)
 
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport 2008- 2010 Program
1. Review and Approve the Schematic/Design Development Proposal Terminal B Columns by Gregory Kucera. (Citywide) 
 
2. Review and approve the Design Development Proposals for the North Concourse Column Platform by Gorbet + Banerjee. (Citywide)  
 
South of First Area (SoFA) 
Review and approve the design and community process for artwork to be located on Caltrans property under the 280 Freeway at South 1st Street. (District 3)
 

Public Art Committee meetings are open to the public. The meeting is in City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, Room T-1654 in the Tower Building -Please note change in location.  The meetings are open to the public.

The Public Art Committee, a sub-committee of the Arts Commission, is advisory to the Commission and to San Jose City Council. The Public Art Committee monitors and provides oversight in the artist selection, development and design review of public art projects throughout the City. 

PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS & MORE 

Current listings for July-August 2009 as of newsletter distribution  
 

CITY EXHIBITIONS

CITY WINDOWS GALLERY located at San Jose City Hall along the 4th Street facade, in Downtown San Jose.
 
 
Last Chance - Ending July 23th
BIKE SHOW: A CELEBRATION OF CYCLE ART & CULTURE  
A free exhibit that explores the history and art of cycling in the South Bay.   
 
W Valley Library Artichoke ArtBike Show is a range of expressions of the enthusiasm for bicycling found in the Silicon Valley environs, both historic and contemporary. From locally-made custom bicycles and finely-crafted bicycle parts to historic images and cycles demonstrating San Jose's long association with cycling, to more artful expressions of the sport. 
 
CITY HALL EXHIBITION PROGRAM:
ongoing exhibits located inside City Hall 
 
 
SPEED CITY - FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO BLACK POWER
Council Wing, 1st Floor Corridor Gallery
Continues through August 2009

An exhibition presented in conjunction with History San Jose that presents a broad view of context of the controversy around the 1968 Olympics and the controversial expressions of protest by gold medalist Tommie Smith and brnze medalist John Carlos, both of whom trained at San Jose State University.  The exhibition depicts the runners, their lives and the historic context of the times, curated by Urla Hill.
 

 Last Chance - Ending July 23th
POSTCARDS FROM LAKE CUNNINGHAM 

18th Floor Council Foyer Lobby Gallery (Tower)
Through July 2009
  

Vintage images from a beloved historic San Jose location.

TWO FUN WAYS TO EXPLORE PUBLIC ART IN DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE

Create your own walking tour!

Here are two ways you can enjoy public art in Downtown San Jose.
 
DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART MAP - Updated 2009 Edition Now Available!
The San Jose Public Art Program's  colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San Jose has recently been updated. The 2009 Downtown Public Art Map is a fun and easy way to see public in downtown San Jose.
 
Use it to create your own walking tour and include opportunities to stop and enjoy other features in the district including museums, galleries and restaurants.  
 
 
RECOLECCIONES: THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LIBRARY PUBLIC ART COLLECTION
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library includes an award-winning collection of more than 34 site-specific public artworks in locations throughout the library. Finding them is a process of exploration, discovery and is filled with surprises! A free colorful detailed brochure is available from the San Jose Public Art Program that will help you appreciate this extraordinary collection.  
 
You can request a free copy of the 2009 Downtown Public Art Map or the Recolecciones - Library Art Collection brochure. Please e-mail your request to  patricia.walsh@sanjoseca.gov, and include your mailing address.
 
You can also access a printable pdf version of the Downtown Public Art Map on the Public Art webpage of the Office of Cultural Affairs website at
San Jose Downtown Public Art Map.
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