City of Goodyear, Arizona
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Goodyear selects artist for ballpark’s public art project
GOODYEAR, AZ – Nationally renowned sculptor, Donald Lipski, has been selected as the artist for the public art project at Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Sports Complex.
Lipski was selected from a field of more than 70 artists who responded to Goodyear’s Request For Qualification earlier this fall. Of those, 68 submissions met the qualifications and were shown to a five-person selection panel, which then narrowed the field to four finalists. Those four artists visited Goodyear on Dec. 8, met with the selection panel and presented images of their work. They also described their concepts for the ballpark project and explained how they would approach it.
Goodyear will finalize a contract with Lipski for the $500,000 ballpark public art project sometime in January, according to Dianne Cripe, the city’s public art specialist. That will open the door for the artist to begin working immediately on a final design for the project, which will be complete in time for the opening of the ballpark in late 2008.
The members of the selection panel were: Brenda Bernardi, chairperson of Goodyear Arts and Culture Commission; John Ruggieri, President of Civica Development; Rebecca Rothman, Public Art Project Manager for the City of Phoenix; Kirby Hoyt, principal with the landscape design firm, Design Workshop; and Steve Boyd of HOK Sport, the architect for the ballpark.
Lipski first came to prominence in 1979 with his museum of Modern Art installation, Gathering Dust. His work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world, at The White House, and in State Department exhibitions abroad. His work is displayed in dozens of museums, including the Phoenix Museum of Art. Last year, his giant walk-in kaleidoscope, The Doors, was installed in Scottsdale.
Lipski is the winner of many awards and honors, including The Rome Prize, The Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and The Academy Award of the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
His public projects are popular with the general public and critics alike.
“I strive to both seduce and challenge the viewer, to provoke wonder and delight…to lead him to question, to make his own metaphors,” Lipski said, adding that he strives “…to make works that will grow richer over the years.”
Lipski is represented by Galerie Lelong in New York City. His bio and photo are available upon request. He can be reached at 215-301-4800 or email@example.com, 200 W. Washington Square, Suite 3102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Visit his website at www.donaldlipski.net.