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PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE

The Chabot Public Art Committee was convened to develop a process for the use of "Nike Site" funds, a generous gift from our District Board of Trustees. The Committee's charge is to determine a method that best suits the college for seeking artwork to permanently enhance our surroundings.

Charge

Visual art enhances the quality of life for all people and should be a part of the daily life of the students, faculty, staff, and neighbors of Chabot College. Chabot College is a leader in education for the Hayward area and our larger East Bay community, and art on the campus and in public building spaces should reflect this leadership status. Therefore, the Public Art Committee seeks to bring interesting, challenging and meaningful works of high quality to Chabot, works that will assist us in meeting our educational mission, and that befit our multicultural community and Bay Area surroundings.

It should be recognized that the advocacy and selection of public art can be difficult. Public art selection must address issues that include, but are not limited to: artistic quality, appropriateness, site context, public sensibility, durability, maintainability, safety, and cost. In addition to these concerns, the Chabot Public Art Committee, from its inception, has committed to a process that embraces—indeed relies upon—input from all campus constituencies in the final selection of artwork.

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CHAIR

Name and Title:

Diane Zuliani, Instructor of Art History and Museum Studies, Chabot College; Chair, Chabot Public Art Committee

Community Service:

Hayward Area Historical Society Board Member, 2006 - 2008
Sun Gallery Board Member, 2001-2003

Public Art Statement:

From the Italian Renaissance until today, the placement of artwork in the public sphere is a sign of a community’s sense of self-worth. Selecting art for public display is never an easy task—no one “public” agrees on anything—but it is always worth the risk. To install permanent, public works of visual art in one’s environment is to demonstrate civic pride and to take a stand for beauty.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

Name and Title:

Melinda K. Matsuda, Former Vice President of Student Services, Chabot College

Community Service:

Served on the Hayward Sun Gallery Visual Arts Board and on the City of Hayward Citizen's Advisory Committee

Public Art Statement:

I LOVE art and the possibility of public art throughout the campus excites me. Especially with the construction of new buildings and the renovation of older ones with new pathways and more beautiful outside venues, the absence of art throughout would be so sad.

Name and Title:

Gary M. Carter, Former Dean, Chabot College School of the Arts

Community Service:
Board Member, Teaching Artists Organized, Berkeley, CA
Chair: Weber State University Mural Project, Ogden, Utah
Member: Coronado School of the Arts Board of Directors, Coronado, CA
Member: Community Art Committee, Lancaster, CA
Juror: Congressional Art Competition (Congressman Pete Stark), San Leandro
Organizer: Comic Book Art Show, Ogden Utah
Organizer: Acrylics and Oils in Political Dissent, Ogden Utah
Organizer: Food Drive, to benefit San Diego County Indian Reservations
Organizer: First, Second, Third, and Fourth Annual Coronado Battle of the Bands

Public Art Statement:

This project is exciting to me because it represents a rare opportunity on the part of a Community College to embrace and support public art on campus.

CLASSIFIED PROFESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Name and Title:

Katherine Tollefsen, Chabot - Las Positas C.C.D. ITS Staff, Chabot Help Desk

Community Service:

Member of A.R.T., Inc. in Castro Valley and the Hayward Arts Council, Chabot College alumna, and former fine art (painting) student at Chabot College.

Public Art Statement:

Chabot College is a beautiful campus, with a lot of large, open public spaces that would be even more beautiful if they included public art. As part of the Measure B Bond, Chabot College is currently in the process of building two new buildings, and modernizing many of the older buildings. The timing is perfect to incorporate some public art on the revitalized campus.

Name and Title:

Yvonne Vanni, Clinic Assistant to the Chabot Dental Hygiene Program

Community Service:

I volunteer at the San Jose Museum of Modern Art and at the San Jose Airport. As an airport volunteer, I have had the opportunity to take part in discussions regarding the public art to be displayed there once their remodel is complete.

Public Art Statement:

The possibility of public art at Chabot excites me because we will finally have the art to identify who we really are and something that students can identify with.

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES

Name and Title:

Alison S. Lewis, Ph.D., retired Trustee, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

Community Service:

Chabot part-time art history instructor 1970s; Hayward Public Library Commission 1977-1987, 1989-1999; Friends of the Hayward Public Library; Literacy Plus; League of Women Voters of the Hayward Area 1968-present

Public Art Statement:

Major building projects should incorporate public art to express visually the character of the institution. This is especially important on the Chabot College campus where diversity, creativity, and education are critical.

Name and Title:

Araceli Orozco

Community Service:

Coming soon

Public Art Statement:

Coming soon

FACULTY REPRESENTATIVES

Name and Title:

Dr. Clara D. McLean, Instructor of English at Chabot College

Community Service:

As Co-coordinator of the Service-Learning Program at Chabot, I believe deeply in the power of community service and civic engagement to transform communities and individuals. Each semester, I work with organizations and schools throughout our area to arrange meaningful volunteer projects (including art-related projects) for Chabot students tailored to their interests and courses of study. My own community service has included serving on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco National Organization for Women, volunteer public relations for the Women's Foundation and for Curbstone Press (a nonprofit literary publisher), organizing creative writing after-school programs for teens, and regularly volunteering for several environmental, youth, and gay and lesbian organizations.

Public Art Statement:

I am delighted that Chabot, a college that serves one of the most diverse communities in the country, is getting this wonderful opportunity to bring high-quality public art to its campus, and I'm excited to be part of the selection process. As well as reflecting our student body and the mission of the college, public art can inspire, unite, beautify, and provide focal points for discussion and reflection on our campus.

Name and Title:

Don Plondke, Instructor of Geography, Chabot College

Community Service:

Church organist and choirmaster since 1982

Public Art Statement:

I hope for a visible and accurate representation of Chabot’s intended role in improving life in this region.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

Name and Title:

Jose Ferreira, student majoring in Art History, Chabot College.

Community Service:

Hayward Area Historical Society intern and volunteer since Summer 2008; Chabot Art Gallery assistant for 3 semesters.

Public Art Statement:

The thing that excites me about public art at Chabot is that highly visible artwork will not only add color to the campus, it will also give Chabot a recognizable face. It will bring a bit of prestige and sense of identity to the campus.

Name and Title:

Mairead Roberts, student majoring in art and psychology, Chabot College

Community Service: Hayward Area Historical Society Intern, co-curator of 2010 Chabot student art show and 2010 Chabot student photo show, Kaiser hospital volunteer at the breast cancer awareness events.

Public Art Statement:

I am positively thrilled and honored to be involved with the Chabot Public Art Project.  It is the perfect chance to expose students, staff and campus visitors of all different backgrounds to the magic that is art.  Public art can inspire, enlighten and excite viewers.  I am excited to see this project through.
 

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates to be announced, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Room 727A, unless otherwise noted.


Next scheduled meeting:
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