It seems that Santa Monica’s public art is drawing national attention.

Last week, City Hall’s public art program was recognized by Americans for the Arts, the leading national professional arts service organization, for all three projects submitted for the “Year in Review.”

The projects were among the 47 the jury selected as outstanding public artworks of 2010 from over 400 submittals from throughout the country.

The jury noted that both “Cradle” by Ball Nogues Studio at Santa Monica Place and “Wheels” by Anne Marie Karlsen on a Downtown parking structure were exceptional in how the artists played with scale and took risks in creating these signature pieces.

The Cultural Affairs Division was also lauded for Glow, Santa Monica’s unique all-night art event, in the “Visionary Leadership” category. Cultural Affairs Manager Jessica Cusick expressed her excitement at the news: “We are delighted to have Santa Monica’s ongoing commitment to artistic excellence credited in this fashion.”

Held on Sept. 25, Glow 2010 built on the phenomenal success of the inaugural event in 2008; featuring 20 art installations with over 100 participating artists the event was attended by over 150,000 people.

“It is especially meaningful to be honored by one’s peers. Knowing that Glow was singled out for ‘Visionary Leadership’ gives all of us on the team pride in our accomplishments and, more importantly, gives us the drive to create an even more spectacular event for 2013,” said Glow Artistic Director Marc Pally.


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