Six new Washington artworks, including two in the Washington State public collection, received national recognition this week as non-profit group Americans for the Arts announced its 2010 Public Art Year in Review. The review chooses 40 of the year’s best public artworks in the United States and Canada, choosing from more than 300 entries.
The Washington artworks listed in the top 40 are Gary Bates’ “Rain Scale” at Green River Community College in Auburn, Beliz Bother’s “Bloom” at Everett Community College, Peter Reiquam’s “Landing Zone” in Everett, Janet Zweig’s “The Opposite of a Duck” in Fall City, Dan Corson’s “Oscillating Field” for Seattle Sound Transit and Connie Watts’ “Vereinigung” at 4Culture in Seattle.
The 2010 Year in Review, the 10th for the organization, was curated by artists and public art experts Helen Lessick and Fred Wilson. The goal is to find the “most exemplary, innovative” public art, either permanent or temporary, that is created in 2009.
“It’s a great honor for our program and a fantastic acknowledgement of the world-class talent the artists working in public art programs throughout Washington,” said Alice Taylor, program manager of the Washington State Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program. “Congratulations to the artists and thanks to Americans for the Arts for their continued support and recognition of public art.”
For more information on the Washington State art collection, visit www.arts.wa.gov. For more information on Americans for the Arts, visit www.artsusa.org