Art panel schedules open house |

Art panel schedules open house

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A City Hall panel involved in municipal art projects is scheduled to hold an open house on Monday, with the topics expected to include the program that puts art pieces on public display as well as a piece that will be placed outside the Marsac Building.

The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Park City Council chambers at the Marsac Building. The panel is known as the Public Art Advisory Board and it typically has a role when officials make decisions about art that is put in a public setting.

Sharon Bauman, a City Hall staffer who works closely with the panel, said invitations to the open house were sent to approximately 50 people in the arts community. People without invitations may also attend.

Bauman said the Art Advisory Board will be broadly discussing publicly displayed art as well a program in Montana that puts art on display in public places.

Meanwhile, Bauman expects the panel will review the artwork of the finalists who are vying to create a piece for the patio outside the main entrance to the Marsac Building. She said the three finalists are from Idaho, Washington and Colorado. Two small sculptures and a rendering of a sculpture showing the proposed creations for the patio will be on display at the open house, she said.

The Art Advisory Board is scheduled to make its recommendation on Nov. 29. The Park City Council is not bound by the panel’s choice.

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City Hall has set aside up to $65,000 for the Marsac Building piece, a sum based on the overall cost of the renovation of the building.

Park City leaders years ago started putting artwork on public display as a way to beautify the community. Several of the pieces have been put in prominent places, including a bronze sculpture of a bear seated on a bench on Main Street and the large sculpture commemorating the 2002 Winter Olympics along S.R. 224.

For more information about the open house, call Bauman at 615-5184.