The public art competition continues, snow or shine.
MainStateVentures will unveil new artwork by John Lawson at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, on the brick wall facing the Burroughs-Saden Library on Broad Street.
Lawson, a resident of Bridgeport, is the fifth finalist to be featured in this year-long rotating public art exhibit. “Diligence” is the name of the new work, which will remain up until early March. Everyone is invited to meet the artist after the unveiling around the corner at Tiago’s.
You can still see Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli’s wonderful, uplifting work, in that spot. Unveiled Nov. 11, “Esperanza,” or “Hope,” incorporates collage and text and visually connects our local culture with the world’s. It was received very warmly, as I recall.
Lawson is the next-to-last artist to be featured in this competition. The artists chosen to compete, all Bridgeport residents, kHyal™, Gus Moran, Yolanda Petrocelli, Liz Squillace, John Lawson and Kelly Bigelow Becerra.
The exhibit will culminate in the selection of a grand prize winner and a people’s choice winner, with cash awards of $1,000 and $250 respectively. The judges are Robert Curcio, co-founder of the Scope International Art Fairs and gallerist, New York; MaryAnn Fahey, curator and gallerist, Umbrella Arts, New York; Emily Larned, professor, graphic design, University of Bridgeport; John Favret, director, Housatonic Community College Art Department; and Penny Harrison, an arts consultant.
MainStateVentures is a joint venture between Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC and Forstone Capital, LLC. MainState acquired the People’s United Bank downtown Bridgeport portfolio, which represents two prime city blocks including seven buildings totaling more than 255,000 square feet with 2.8 adjacent acres of developable land.
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