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Public Art as a Public Good: Panel Discussion at UCSB

UCSB McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
05/10/2012 4:00 PM


Laurel Beckmen (Art, UCSB)
Rita Ferri (Visual Arts Coordinator, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission)
Colin Gray (local artist)
Harry Reese (Art, UCSB)


Something happens when art goes public. Cultural interventions in spaces designated as belonging to the public are subject to greater and more varied kind of scrutiny than works exhibited or performed in the private sphere. Site specificity, community values, and notions of what constitutes “good art” all come into play when art goes public. This panel will examine public art in Santa Barbara as a public good precisely because it is an object of public debate.


Sponsored by the IHC’s Public Goods series.

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