A vital part of being an artist is entering works into juried competitions. Students at CSU Monterey Bay have the opportunity to do that, thanks to a generous donation from a faculty member.
A call has gone out for site-specific entries to be displayed in the Otter Express and the University Center. Three works will be selected for the E. Richard Brown Award for Excellence in Art. The artists will receive cash prizes; stipends to pay for materials are also available. The work will be displayed for a year.
“During my time here on campus, I haven’t noticed much student art displayed,” said Dr. Brown, who teaches a First Year Seminar and service learning classes. “So I thought, what if I were to make a monetary award to motivate the students to become more active in art and all of us would have the benefit of seeing that art.”
An experience he had while a student at UCLA motivated him to support the awards.
“I remembered how powerful it was when I was at UCLA and won the Frank Sinatra Award for second-place pop vocalist,” he said. “So I contacted Lila Staples (chair of the Visual and Public Art Department)” to offer the donation.
“It has brought incredible joy to my heart. My hope is that someone else will see what can be done and also give,” Dr. Brown said.
Proposals are being solicited for three locations:
• 3-D piece for display in the Otter Express rotunda. Award: $2,500
• 3-D piece for the University Center lobby. Award: $2,500
• 2-D piece for west wall in the Otter Express. Award: $1,000
Proposals – not the final art works – must be delivered to the VPA office (Bldg. 71) on Jan. 24. Proposals must include a model, sketch or maquette of the piece and a one-page statement of the concept, including materials and measurements.
The pieces will be displayed for one year. Students retain ownership of them.
Completed works are due March 24, but that date may be moved into April. Specifics will be provided when pieces are selected in late January.
More information is available from Dr. Staples at firstname.lastname@example.org.