Artist Proposals for an Artwork at the New Chinese Recreation Center

Six artists/artist teams—Julie Chang, Colette Crutcher, Paul Hayes, Liang Liqing, Shan Shan Sheng and the team of Margarita Soyfertis and Vadim Goretsky—were selected by the Artist Selection Panel to create proposals for both the main lobby and the building exterior of the new Chinese Recreation Center.

Proposals on view from Friday, August 28 – Monday, September 7 at the Chinese Recreation Center:
1199 Mason Street (south-west corner of Washington and Mason streets)
Muni access is by the #1 California, #30 Stockton and the Powell Street Cable Cars

Hours: Monday, 11 a.m.- 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday,  9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. and Weekends, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please note: Proposals are located on the 2nd floor in the After School Program room. If the door is locked, please locate a Director in the building who will provide you with access to the program room.

Community members are encouraged to view the proposals and to provide feedback by completing a community response form located in the Public Art Binder that is at the library. The binder also contains biographical information about each of the artists.

Proposals can also be viewed and downloaded here: Chinese_Rec_Ctr_Proposals (PDF: 1.6 MB)

For a Chinese translation of the proposals click here: CHINESE_CRCArtistsProposal

The comment_form (PDF: 45kb) may be emailed to mary.chou@sfgov.org or mailed to: Mary Chou, San Francisco Arts Commission, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102.

All comments must be received by 5 pm on September 7, 2009.

Overview of Artist Selection Process

The Arts Commission is working with members of the community and staff from the Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Public Works to commission a public artwork for the new Chinese Recreation Center. As part of the process, the Arts Commission convened a Chinese Recreation Center Artist Selection Panel that includes two community representatives, Judy Hu with the Chinese Historical Society of America and Abby Chen with the Chinese Culture Center; an arts professional, Hilda Shum, artist; the Recreation and Park Project Manager Mary Hobson; Project Design Team representative Fara Perez, and Arts Commissioner President P.J. Johnston.

The Chinese Recreation Center Artist Selection Panel met on April 21, 2009 to review artists’ applications from an artist candidate pool. At that first meeting, the Selection Panel selected six finalists to prepare artwork proposals for the new Chinese Recreation Center. Artists Julie Chang, Paul Hayes and Shan Shan Sheng were selected to create proposals for the interior of the center, while artists Colette Crutcher, Liang Liching, and Margarita Soyfertis and Vadim Goretsky were selected to create proposals for the exterior of the center. The six finalists, along with members of the Selection Panel and the community, met on June 24th for a project orientation. Each of the artists spent six weeks developing their proposals, which are on view from August 28th to September 8th at the Chinese Recreation Center and on the Arts Commission website for public comment.

At the Selection Panel’s final meeting scheduled for September 15th, the panelists will interview each of the six finalists, discuss their proposals, and then decide which two artists/proposals—one for the interior and one for the exterior—to recommend to the Arts Commission for final approval. The Selection Panel will receive all written public comments from the proposal exhibition prior to this final meeting.

The final Selection Panel meeting will take place at 25 Van Ness. Suite 70. All artist selection panel meetings are open to the public. Please visit the Arts Commission website for the specific room, date and time of the meeting at: http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection.

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