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UW-Madison's Georgiades, Simpson to be considered for Pennsylvania Park artwork

December 07, 2017
UW-Madison's Aristotle Georgiades and Gail Simpson are vying to make a new piece of art for Pennsylvania Park on Madison's east side, reports an article from The Capital Times.

Georgiades and Simpson are professors of sculpture in the School of Education's Art Department. They are best known as the artistic team Actual Size Artworks, based in Stoughton.

The art commission for the location in Pennsylvania Park is worth $40,000, and a panel of volunteers from the Madison Arts Commission with expertise as visual artists, musicians and educators chose Actual Size Artworks as one artist pair option for the neighborhood to consider.

“We are particularly interested in projects where there is an opportunity to integrate our sculptural work with the site,” the pair wrote to the city. “Our goal is to create artwork that engages its audience in a lively and intelligent manner and contributes to a dynamic, memorable public space. … We are interested in the Pennsylvania Park project because of the sculptural possibilities of the small linear park within the built environment of the neighborhood.”

The other artists being considered are Ray Chi, a Milwaukee-based artist, and Suikang Zhao, who teaches in the fine arts department at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

The artists met Monday, Dec. 4, with Emerson East neighbors at the Central Library to talk about their proposed projects. The art project would ultimately need to be approved by the City Council and could be in place by summer 2018.

Read the full Cap Times article: "Three artists aim to make new public art for east side's Pennsylvania Park."

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