October 4th, 2005
By Public Affars Staff – CSSB News
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Twelve CSUSB art students who participated in “ArtStop,” a public art project in downtown San Bernardino, were publicly recognized along with developers Watson & Associates at a special ceremony Monday, Oct. 3, at San Bernardino City Hall.
Mayor Judith Valles and the San Bernardino city council joined in the ceremony in front of city hall to mark the unveiling of the first public art project in downtown San Bernardino in many years. In addition, the project represents just a portion of $200,000 in funding from Watson & Associates to Cal State San Bernardino’s art department that will support a series of public art projects in the city.
CSUSB professor and internationally recognized public artist Richard Johnston and other art faculty are working with students to create public art works to adorn parks and public areas. The program is being administered by Professor Sant Khalsa, art department chair, under the auspices of the College of Arts and Letters.
Watson & Associates partners Charles Shumaker and Chuck Diamond have closely worked with the university’s art department in developing and financially supporting the overall vision for the project.
The first of the projects, “ArtStop,” which is co-sponsored by the city, California State University, San Bernardino and Watson & Associates, is the centerpiece of a Taste of Downtown. Sponsored by the Downtown Area Revitalization Team, Taste of Downtown will take place on the city hall plaza and at Court Street Square and is designed to showcase the various downtown arts, entertainment and food venues.
“ArtStop” is comprised of a series of 12 24-inch concrete spheres that were painted with designs by Cal State San Bernardino art students. The spheres will be permanently installed at various locations downtown. “Arts and entertainment” is the theme of the artwork, which is intended, according to members of the downtown revitalization team, to add color and art to downtown.
Students were invited to submit designs in the spring. A jury comprised of the university’s art faculty, representatives of Watson & Associates and city officials reviewed 18 designs and selected the 12 finalists. Watson & Associates provided a $500 commission to each finalist. The city purchased the spheres and, over the past few months, the students rendered their designs onto the spheres.“Many cities have invited artists to participate in projects like this, including New York’s apples and Chicago’s cows. San Bernardino’s spheres represent diversity, balance, and global perspective,” Khalsa said. “This is the first of many public art projects to be produced by Cal State faculty, students and alumni. ‘ArtStop’ provides a valuable real life experience for our painting students to participate in the field of ‘public art.’”
The mayor will present James Watson of Watson & Associates with the 2005 Arts Benefactor of the Year award for underwriting the art project as well as several other projects to be created for the city by CSUSB’s art department.
“These projects mark an important partnership between the university, the city of San Bernardino and Watson & Associates,” Khalsa said. “This is a model for collaborative efforts that can enhance our community through the visual arts and education.”
“We are grateful to Mr. Watson and his staff, not only for their generosity in funding these projects, but also for the insight and imagination they’ve brought to the city. They truly see the great potential our city holds,” said Mayor Valles.
The Cal State San Bernardino student
- Dion A. Cuevas, Yucaipa
- Janis Chun, Moreno Valley
- Jay Merryweather, San Bernardino
- Sabrina Valles, Moreno Valley
- Michael Kirk, San Bernardino
- Conrad Ruiz, Fontana
- Heidi Rampley, Victorville
- Mark Batongmalaque, Moreno Valley
- Queena Hernandez, Rialto
- David G. Morgan, Beaumont
- Annabel Osberg, Upland
- Kristoferson SanPablo, Alta Loma
For more information about the city of San Bernardino, contact Jim Ruester at (909) 645-8973.
For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s public affairs office at (909) 537-5007.