SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Mayor Judith Valles and the San Bernardino City council met in front of city hall to recognize twelve CSUSB art students along with developer Watson & Associates for their part in “ArtStop,” a public art project in downtown San Bernardino. This centerpiece project is the first of a series of activities planned for “A Taste of Downtown”.
A Taste of Downtown is sponsored by the Downtown Area Revitalization Team, and co-sponsored by the city, California State University San Bernardino and Watson & Associates. A Taste of Downtown is designed to showcase the various downtown arts, entertainment and food venues. The project represents just a portion of $300,000 in funding from Watson & Associates to the Cal State San Bernardino’s art department that will be used to support a series of public art projects in the city.
Watson & Associates partners Charles Shumaker, Chuck Diamond, and Jim and Judy Watson have closely worked with the university’s art department in developing and financially supporting the overall vision for the project.
Students were invited to submit designs for 12 24-inch painted spheres to be permanently installed in various locations downtown. A jury comprised of the university’s art faculty, representatives of Watson & Associates and city officials reviewed the designs and selected 12 finalists. Watson & Associates provided a $500 commission to each finalist.
“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 artists are:
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