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Public Art Committee Appointed for Angelo State

February 01, 2010

A new 13-member Public Art Committee, which will oversee the selection and placement of art across the Angelo State University campus, has been announced by ASU President Joseph C. Rallo.

The committee will implement a Texas Tech University System (TTUS) policy that was initiated more than a decade ago and requires 1 percent of the budget of all new construction and .5 percent of the budget of all renovation projects over $500,000 be allocated to public art for the campus.

Community members of the committee are K. Dwain Hamblin, Matt Lewis, Barbara Rallo, Julie Raymond and Annie Williams, all of San Angelo. Angelo State representatives are Tom Bankston of the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance; Peggy Nino of the Department of Art and Music; Connie Frazier of Residential Programs; Ruben Sandoval of Facilities Management; and Jessica Manning of Special Events Facilities/Services. The ASU student body will be represented by Will Schroeder of San Angelo. Donna Bowen of Robert Lee also will serve on the committee and represent ASU on the system’s public art committee.

“This will be a fun committee because nothing can enliven a campus like public art,” Rallo said. “The committee’s charge is to select outdoor and interior art that will make people think, smile or even scratch their heads as they move about the campus. Thanks to San Angelo’s strong arts community, the city has long had great public art. Now, Angelo State will be a major contributor to the community’s public art and further enhance our cultural contributions to the city and beyond.”

In 1998 the TTUS Board of Regents implemented the public art policy for all components of the system. Since then, more than a dozen pieces of outdoor art and numerous pieces of interior art have been commissioned or purchased for both Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center facilities.

The TTUS policy was applied to proposed ASU facilities which went into the planning phase after ASU became a member of the system in September of 2007. The first projects to which the proposal will apply are the renovation of the Porter Henderson Library, now underway, and the expansion of the Center for Human Performance for a student recreation facility. Approximately $113,800 from those two construction projects will be available for the acquisition of public art.

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