The University of California at San Diego will host a special program about public art and sculpture gardens on June 15 and 16. The location is ideal for this topic. The City of San Diego has built a noteworthy collection of public art, displayed prominently throughout the Marina district, as well as in select locations in other neighborhoods.
In recognition of San Diego's leadership in displaying public art, this topic will be the lead theme at the official pre-conference program of the upcoming Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego this June. Americans for the Arts Public Art Network is organizing this program, which will take place at he University of California San Diego campus. UCSD hosts the Stuart Collection of outdoor sculpture and will provide guided tours to attendees.
This program is planned to provide working artists with the expertise they need to compete for public art commissions. While many local installations in metal or stone have been created for ten to twenty thousand dollars, the record setting award for the centerpiece sculpture at the 2012 London Olympics exceeded $20 million. Success in this field can give working artists the resources they need to continue a thriving professional practice as an artist.
This is literally just the beginning. The full program for the 2011 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention will begin the afternoon of June 16 with a choice of panel discussions, followed by an opening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Educational programs and tours continue through Saturday, June 18. Tours will present San Diego as a "City of Nieghborhoods" with custom programs for Barrio Logan, North Park, the Marina, the Gaslamp District, the UCSD campus and of course, the many attractions in Balboa Park.