Berkeley, California (Monday, August 14, 2006)  -  The City of Berkeley is pleased to announce that the Civic Arts Program’s Public Art Selection Panel has chosen Eric Powell, Vickie Jo Sowell, and Bryan Tedrick as the three finalists to complete a professional model of the City owned Corporation Yard Gates. The finalists’ models for the Corporation Yard Gates will be displayed for public view August 28, 2006 through September 8, 2006, Noon to 2:00 pm. at the City of Berkeley Civic Center, first floor, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley. Please note that the City Center is closed on September 4 for a public holiday. 

The viewing public will have an opportunity to comment and state their preferences in written form for submission to the Selection Panel. After interviewing each of the finalists and previewing their models, the Selection Panel will make its final determination to forward to the full Civic Arts Commission for a final vote. 

Thirteen artist teams applied to the Artwork for the Corporation Yard Gates Call for Artists, which was opened to the public in March of 2006. A Public Art Selection Panel convened on June 29, 2006 at the North Berkeley Senior Center and carefully reviewed each artist application. The Selection Panel is composed of a metal artist, a Civic Arts Commissioner, two community members, a staff person from the Corporation Yard, and the City of Berkeley Disability Coordinator. 

This group of finalists represents a well-balanced and diverse selection that encompasses the range of talent, esthetics, and mastery in large-scale metal art. These metal work artists possess distinct styles in gate design and insightful approaches to interacting with the Corporation Yard site and the surrounding community. All this translates into exciting possibilities for remarkable designs and ideas that will help inspire the neighborhood’s identity and pride.  

For more information on this public project, the artists and their works, and the selection process, please see the Civic Arts web page publicart.htm or contact Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533.