Public Art

Art in Public Places Program

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    New Carrollton Library

    Prince George's County Arts in Public Places is seeking to commission an artist to create a dynamic art installation that will compliment the modern interiors of the newly renovated New Carrollton Library. The theme of the art installation, the Kaleidoscope of Learning, should complement the architecture and embody the essence of the modern library.

    Built in the 1970’s, the existing structure embraced the architectural Field Theory movement of Walter Netsch; creating the interior layout using a series of rotated equilateral triangles. The renovation design is based on the fundamentals of this classic architectural style, yet responds to the flexible needs of the modern day library. Using elements such as light, color, and geometry, the two dimensional static form of the former library transitions to an elevated three-dimensional dynamic form that is energetic and welcoming.

    The installation will be the focal point of the library’s new social reading area. The installation should be able to suspend from the ceiling of the 21’ high space, floating above the reading area below. The scale of the design should create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for patrons reading below. Artist should take caution that the design will not feel too heavy, chaotic, overbearing, or obstruct natural reading light from the adjacent frosted clerestory windows. The proposed installation should be made of materials that meet both the budget and the vision. Color, light, and geometry should be explored within the design in order to transform the space into a dynamic atmosphere.

    Location: New Carrollton Library 7414 Riverdale Road
    Title: Kaleidoscope of Learning

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    Brandywine Fire Station

    Designed by Arel Architects, the new Brandywine Fire Station, located on Brandywine Road between Highway 301 and Route 5, is designed as a state-of-the-art structure replacing the old fire station built in 1954. It will be a one-story structure on 2.1 acres in the heart of historic Brandywine.

    Brandywine, MD – unveils Fire & Water, an exterior mural by local artist Liza Linder and co-creator Allen Linder of College Park, MD. The vibrant color glass tile installation was commissioned by the Prince George’s County Art in Public Places (AIPP) program through the Office of Central Services. The design inspired by historic elements of the original Brandywine Fire Station converges four pictorial elements (water, fire, truck and smoke) in a distinctive flow of four different types of glass; vitreous, crystal, mirrored and recycled.

    Location: 14201 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD
    Artist(s): Liza Linder, College Park, MD
    Title: Fire and Water
    Details: vibrant color glass tile exterior mural

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    Public Safety Complex

    "A security headquarters can function as one of the first lines of defense. Beyond its function, it is a symbol of defense for the freedoms enjoyed by our population. In keeping with the ideas that this symbol imbues, the public installation will utilize an icon that for millennia has represented and functioned as a means of defense and advancement. The horse is an important symbol of the human drive to integrate and utilize nature’s resources. Before the advent of the motorized vehicle, the horse was a pioneering technological tool in travel and defense; and is still used today as a measure in the automobile industry. As a cornerstone of the cavalry, the horse has functioned as a means of defense. The installation will integrate this symbol with another form intended to suggest defense and preparedness, the watchtower. The installation combines these symbols into an installation meant to suggest strength and innovation through defense and integration, respectively." ~ Stephon Senegal

    Location: 7911 Anchor St., Hyattsville, MD 20785
    Artist(s): Stephon Senegal
    Title: Untitled
    Details: bronze and steel

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    District VII Police Station

    District VII Police Station unveils Accolades, an illuminated sculpture by artist Blessing Hancock of Tucson, AZ. The metal geometrical installation was commissioned by the Prince George's County Art in Public Places (AIPP) program through the Office of Central Services and managed by the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council.

    " I am very pleased to introduce Accolades for the new District VII Police Station. It's been a wonderful experience working with the station officers and local community to make this happen. The results are spectacular!" says Blessing Hancock, Artist. The title Accolades refers to a special honor or an acknowledgement of merit. Accolades reflects the spirit and protective presence of the police service and becomes an iconic land mark in the community. Composed of two distinct shield forms resembling wings invite you to pass through it serving as a gateway and visual screen.

    Location: 11108 Fort Washington Road, Ft. Washington, MD
    Artist(s): Blessing Hancock, Tuscon, AZ
    Title: Accolades
    Details: Exterior illuminated geometric metal sculpture

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    Laurel Library

    The new Laurel Library greatly enlarges on the existing structure and offers two distinct areas for public art. Designed by Grimm + Parker Architects, the new library is scheduled to be completed by October, 2015. Exterior landscaped areas at the east and west sides of the new structure have been identified for placement of exterior sculptures. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2014 and is estimated to be completed in 18 months. Installation and public programming is expected to take place in September, 2015.

    Location: 507 7th Street, Laurel, MD
    Artist(s): Martha Jackson Jarvis, Gateway Arts District, Mount Rainier
    Title: Mill Stone
    Details: Exterior mosaic tile and steel sculpture
    Artist(s): Washington Glass Studio, Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate, Gateway Arts District, Mount Rainier
    Title: Untitled
    Details: Exterior steel, cast and fused glass structure

    Installations are expected to take place late Fall 2016

Environmental Public Art Project

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    1801 McCormick Drive

    Location: 1801 McCormick Drive, Largo, MD
    Artist(s): Artworks, Howard Connelly, Neimiah Dixon, Krista Schlyer, Washington DC
    Title: Wind Vane of the Helenium Autumnale
    Details: Exterior 3D Sculpture, reclaimed materials

    Installation is expected to take place Summer 2016

Purple Line Transit System

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    Art in Transit

    The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) through a pre qualified group of individuals will be seeking artists to create artwork and artistic enhancements for the future Purple Line Transit System as part of its Art-In-Transit program. PGAHC’s Executive Director served as a member of the selection panel alongside 7 other committee members selecting a diverse group of 95 talented artists from the 729 entries that were received. Following a review of the project being conducted by Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, the selected artists will be offered to a private partner that will build and operate the Purple line. We congratulate our local artists and studios represented: Curtis Woody, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Cheryl Foster, Valerie Theberge, Alan Binstock, Steven Weitzman, Ronald Beverly, Winston Harris.

    Artists will be paid a stipend to create artwork proposals for specific station(s) location(s) and may be awarded a contract to design and integrate artwork into a station’s overall infrastructure. Artists would also work with the communities to create artwork that highlights the cultural vitality of the region, and reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities.

    Approximately 21 Purple Line locations have been designated as Art-in-Transit opportunities including three aerial stations and other areas to be enhanced including walls, steel structures and fencing. Ten locations are in Prince George’s County. From the approved roster, qualified artists will be assigned one or more specific opportunities by location and paid a stipend to create artwork proposals for specific station(s) or individual location(s).

    “This is a great opportunity for local talent to gain visibility creating works that reflect our communities,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Robert Smith. “This competition will enhance our public transit system and we look forward to receiving some great art designs for our future Purple Line transit system.”

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires certain criteria be used when artists are involved in the planning and design of transit projects including: durability of material, impact on mass-transit customers, connection to site and/or adjacent community, minimum maintenance and quality of art or design....

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MGM Local Arts Program

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    Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Launches Local Artist Program for MGM National Harbor Project

    Working with MGM Resorts International design teams and New York based art consultant Susan Kroll, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) has launched a local artist program to actively identify Prince George’s County talent for collaboration on commissioned artwork projects throughout the MGM National Harbor resort currently under construction.

    In the coming months MGM design teams will continue to explore potential commissions for interior rooms and public spaces. The approximately $1billion MGM National Harbor resort will include a 300-room luxury hotel, a casino featuring 3,600 slots and 160 table games, a 3,000-seat theater, high-end branded retails, 35,000 square feet of meeting space and restaurants from renowned local and national chefs. MGM National Harbor will open as soon as July 2016. For more information and to submit portfolio for consideration contact Rhonda Dallas, or call 301-277-1402. .....

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AIPP Panel Members

Art in Public Places Panel MarvaJo Camp, Tewodross Melchisua, Alec Simpson, LaVonn Reedy Thomas

Commissioned Artists

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    Project: 1801 McCormick Drive

    Nehemiah Dixon III adds his voice and experience to the Art Works Environmental Public Art Project team advocating for social justice through his artwork, community involvement and teaching. As a native of Washington D.C. he believes that art should be experienced through any means necessary which drives him to create art for public places.

    Nehemiah received his B.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has since incubated his passion for arts management, curating and teaching in the Arts District. He continues to form partnerships with local and national artists to increase public awareness and support for arts residencies and programming.

    Nehemiah has previously worked as an art handler and installer in several Smithsonian Museums throughout the metropolitan area. He has exhibited at The Prince George’s African American History Museum, Art Works Now, Pass Gallery, The Phillips Collection, Maryland Institute College of Art, Delaware College of Art, The Sumner Museum and the Washington D.C. Superior Court.

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    Project: 1801 McCormick Drive

    An artist and educator for over thirty years, Ms. Johnson founded Art Works Now with a vision of increasing accessibility to visual arts education across economic and ability spectrums. She is a passionate advocate for social justice who sees access to visual art education as an important civil rights issue facing Americans today.

    A working artist whose paintings have been exhibited internationally, Barbara has taught at colleges around the country, most notably The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, and The University of Texas. In addition to her work as an educator, Ms. Johnson brings several years experience in management, marketing, and merchandising in the art supply retail industry.

    Her family has been in the Washington metropolitan area for seven generations and she is delighted to have returned home to Prince George’s County at such a positive time in the County’s growth.

    Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Wyoming and an undergraduate Art degree from The University of Maryland. She is a candidate for the Master’s Art Education degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 Ms. Johnson received the Outstanding Scholar Award from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania for her work advancing art education nationally through her publication efforts and national speaking engagements.

    In 2012 her article Out or In…Which is it?” The Question of Coming Out in the Heteronormative and Homophobic World of Education was published in the Journal of Art for Life published by Florida State University.

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    Project: Brandywine Fire Station

    Liza & Allen Linder have been producing glass mosaic murals from their studio/home in Prince George’s County, MD for the last ten years. Their body of work includes public commissions, private commissions and nationally-shown personal work. Please visit their websites at & for more information.

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    Project: District VII Police Station

    Blessing Hancock owns Skyrim Studio Inc which focuses on site specific sculpture. She utilizes her BFA in Sculpture and MLA in Landscape Architecture to create innovative work for public spaces. She has completed monumental sculpture projects throughout the world and has extensive experience working with city agencies, project teams and community groups. I believe there is enormous potential for public art that is skillfully integrated with the built environment. As an artist my goal is to find new ways to live with art—ways in which art relates to its setting, enriches the human experience and creates an atmosphere of participation, curiosity, and connection to community.

    My process begins with extensive research and analysis of the characteristics that make each site unique. I investigate local conditions such as natural systems, cultural touchstones, social history, adjacent communities, and the surrounding architecture and landscape. I observe and discover what is missing in the current condition, and what potential for engagement and celebration could be unlocked by the right art. Each sculpture becomes a unique reflection of its site and also a powerful landmark on its own.

    I am drawn to public art as a tool for innovation and new experience. I have installed and designed artwork for art centers, public parks, universities, libraries, hospitals, transit stations, parking garages, underpasses, and more. This is my creative passion and I bring a keen excitement and fresh perspective to every project.

    Using a palette of steel, acrylic and colored light allows me to create unique effects. In my acrylic pieces I play on the contrast between a weightless translucent form during the day and a colorful glowing object at night. The steel pieces use perforation and projection to transform the surrounding space into an illuminated landscape. Light is the connective thread that runs through the work, and I believe in light’s emotive power and its ability to enliven a space. Many of my pieces are located in harsh environments—direct sunlight, high humidity and unsupervised public access. For this reason I use materials and fabrication methods that are meant to endure.

    My company Skyrim Studio focuses on public art and we have considerable experience working with architects, design teams and community groups. In nearly all of our public art projects, we have coordinated with city agencies, architects, engineers, and consultants to incorporate artwork into new or existing infrastructure. We create detailed design drawings and produce architecture and mechanical drawing sets for most projects. We feel confident in our ability to work successfully with other design professionals.

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    Project: Public Safety Complex

    Stephon Senegal was born in Louisiana. The challenges of his upbringing became a catalyst for his early visual investigations. He continued these explorations throughout his adolescence with hyperrealistic drawings. After secondary school, he attended Howard University for undergraduate studies. The thematic constructs of his work heavily indulged ideas around vice and brutality, a carryover from his adolescent art. While at Howard he began to merge these notions into a more cohesive paradigm. Upon beginning the next level of instruction at the Maryland Institute College of Art his work continued to engage similar premises albeit with a keen focus on the sculptural form. Alluding to the more violent assertions in the work, he used a mixture of spontaneous demolition and meticulous reconstruction in their creation.

    Though he presently works mainly in bronze and steel; his visual language continues to evolve through other mediums. Senegal plays with ideas of duality in reference to formation and restoration. His work explores this interplay through renderings of human and animal form, embracing both depravity and breakthrough. Commingled through his art are hints of Catholic tutelage and the esoteric nature of unsanctioned religious ritual cleverly hidden as lifelike, yet liberal formations of mammalian structures.

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    Project: Laurel Library

    After a 20 year career as an architect in the United States and Australia, Michael Janis returned to the US with a focus on working with glass. In 2005, Janis became the Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, DC. Janis has received numerous awards for his artwork including the Florida Art Glass Alliance’s Emerging Artist Award 2009, the Bay Area Glass Institute’s 2010 Saxe Fellowship and he was named a “Rising Star” at Wheaton Arts 2011. His glass artwork was featured in Corning Museum’s ‘New Glass Review’ #30 & #31.

    The Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts mounted a solo show of Janis’ glass panels and sculpture in 2011. His artwork is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, Janis went to England's University of Sunderland and taught at the UK's National Glass Centre where he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG).

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    Project: Laurel Library

    Martha Jackson Jarvis’ sculptures have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Studio Museum of Harlem, N.Y. Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, N.Y.; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Tretyakov Gallery Moscow, U.S.S.R. Her numerous awards include a Creative Capital Grant, Virginia Groot Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, The Penny McCall Foundation Grant , and Lila Wallace Arts International Travel Grant.Born in 1952, Martha Jackson Jarvis grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. She studied at Howard University and received a BFA degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a MFA from Antioch University. Jackson Jarvis also studied mosaic techniques and stone cutting in Ravenna, Italy.

    Jackson Jarvis has undertaken public and corporate art commissions for the Philip Morris corporation in Washington, D.C.; Merck Company in Pennsylvania; Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C. Washington Metro Transit Authority, Anacostia Station; New York Transit Authority, Mount Vernon; South Carolina Botanical Gardens in Clemson; Prince George’s County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Md.; Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.; and MS/HS 368 Bronx, New York.

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    Project: 1801 McCormick Drive

    Krista Schlyer is a conservation photographer and writer living in the Washington DC area. She is a senior fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers, whose work has been published by BBC, The Nature Conservancy, High Country News, The National Geographic Society and Audubon. Schlyer is the author of two previous books including Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography and the 2015 Vision Award, from the North American Nature Photographers Association.

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    Project: 1801 McCormick Drive

    As a designer and builder I produce concept drawings and finished projects to define spaces. I’m multi disciplinary and use various new & recycled materials to make structures, centerpieces, and kinetic sculptures. Propeller Studios Partner: Commercial art for restaurants, museums, and photo special effects 1990-2003. Howard Connelly Design Studio: Opened in 2004 and expanded into a full design, engineering, fabricating, and finishing studio with advanced metal-working tools. Projects for architects and designers include innovative forms of metals, wood, stone, plastics, glass, and paper. Specializing in large mobiles, outdoor metal and wood sculpture, signage, and kinetic art that is attention-grabbing and thematic. I serve as a: Conservator for DCCAH fiberglass sculptures, Resident Sculptor for two episodes of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, WSG member since 1995.


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