San Bernardino Public Art Curriculum Funded With $300,000 Grant

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This Grant is for the manufacture and placement of Public Art Pieces throughout the City of San Bernardino. Richard Johnston, an internationally recognized public artist and CSUSB professor, is working with students to create public art works to adorn parks and public areas. The program is being administered by Professor Sant Khalsa, Department Chair under the auspices of the School of Arts and Letters, Professor Eri Yasuhara, Dean. The art works are fashioned in a variety of media ranging from cortene steel to ceramics and water features. Art selections will be juried by members of the art faculty, city officials, Judy Watson, Chuck Diamond, and Charlie Shumaker of J. R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation. The works are generally site-specific and being contemplated for the following locations:

  • The Shops at University Park (retail center across from main entrance to CSUSB). Estimated installation 3rd quarter 2006.
  • 3 installations in front of University Club building.
  • Chancellor’s Park (located at entrance to CSUSB at Kendall and Campus Parkway in San Bernardino). The 1.7 acre park will incorporate monuments honoring City Of San Bernardino police and firefighters.

  • The Colony. Proposed sculpture to be located adjacent to the project on a new half acre park near CSUSB.
  • Campus Parkway Entry. Arrival at the University will be signaled by a large freestanding ceramic Monument.
  • Pine Trails. Proposed sculpture focuses on nature themes and will be located in a new 2.5 acre park with a tot lot, trails and benches.
  • Regency Community at University Park. Proposed sculptures will be placed along a six acre strip of land that will also include jogging trails, exercise stations and gazebos along a trail that meanders from the valley floor to a summit 250 feet above.
  • “Art Stops”. The mayor of San Bernardino has requested that the students of CSUSB create 20 unique art pieces for placement in downtown San Bernardino using a 30″ concrete sphere as a canvas. J. R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation has provided a $20,000 grant for improving artwork in this city. The selections have been juried and the chosen artistic spheres have been placed in downtown San Bernardino.
  • The balance of the grant funds will be used on public art projects within locations to be selected over the next six months.