Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition

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Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition - Phase III

Getting Your BearingsThe Newport Beach City Arts Commission held its grand opening celebration for the third phase of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition on October 28, 2017 at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

The event celebrated the addition of nine new sculptures to the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition. Some of the artists were on hand to talk about their artwork and visitors were able to take a walking tour of the sculptures. Special art activities for children were presented by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  

The sculptures will be prominently showcased for two years beginning in October 2017. The 14-acre, ocean-view site was specially designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker as an intended sculpture garden.

Cosmic Glints by Patricia VaderSculptures - Phase III

Selected sculptures include: Popsicles by Craig Gray, Burnt Matchstick by Karl Unnasch, and Getting Your Bearings by David Boyer; No Swimming by Oleg Lobykin, Life is a Balancing Act by Cindy Debold, Cosmic Glints by Patricia Vader, Flight by Steven Rieman, Be Still and Know by John Merigian and Cultural Pedestrians by Sue Quinlan.

Several pieces that were originally selected by the committee and recommended by the Arts Commission were withdrawn from consideration due to transportation and installation costs.

View sculpture Photo Gallery.




Selection of Sculptures

The selection committee included three members of the City Arts Commission, along with Pat Gomez, Director at Irvine Fine Arts Center, and Bob Nicoll, Dean of Development, Blizzard Academy.

The curatorial panel assessment included the following:

  •  All top-scoring artworks in the online public survey will be considered and discussed in depth. Additional images of the highest scoring works will be reviewed. Additional information provided in application such as a statement of interest and resume may be used to help narrow down submissions.
  • Works will be considered in light of the following criteria:
    • Artistic Merit:
      • Artwork is of high quality and demonstrative of originality and artistic excellence.
      • Artist has strong professional qualifications.
    • Durability:
      • The artwork is made of high-quality materials, which can withstand the natural outdoor elements of coastal Southern California.
      • Artwork requires minimal to no maintenance.
    • Practicality:
      • Artwork is of appropriate subject matter for audiences of all ages.
      • Artwork is safe and shall not exhibit unsafe conditions or factors that may bear on public liability.
    • Site appropriateness:
      • Artwork is suitable in scale to be seen in environment.
      • Artwork is suitable for viewing from all angles.
  • Nine artworks and three alternates of various sizes, mediums, and subject matter will be recommended to the City Arts Commission, who will consider the pieces at their September 14 Regular Meeting for recommendation to City Council.
  • Based on scale and impact of work, the committee will assign artworks to site locations.
  • Based on artwork value and preliminary budget provided by artists, the committee will assign honorarium amounts to each artwork.  Artist honorariums for artworks selected should total up to $45,000

The panel reviewed the submissions and will recommend selections for City Arts Commission and City Council approval.  Members of the public were encouraged to offer their thoughts on the submissions through a survey and public forum. The City Arts Commission will consider the Committee recommendations at the September 14 Regular Meeting.  The City Arts Commission recommendation will be submitted to City Council at the September 26 Regular Meeting for final approval.


Newport Beach Civic Center Park - 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach

In August 2013, the Newport Beach City Council authorized the City Arts Commission and City staff to implement a temporary sculpture exhibit in Civic Center Park. The City Council approved the installation of ten sculptures in Phase I of the project and additional ten sculptures in Phase II. The sculptures installed in year one were on display for two years and were removed and returned to the artists in 2016. Those installed in year two, or Phase 2, will be removed in September 2017. The ten sculptures selected for installation in September 2015 are shown in this Phase 2 Presentation.

A grand opening celebration on September 12, 2015 marked the installation of nine new sculptures in Phase II of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition with the tenth sculpture, "Sunflower," to be installed in January 2016. The community was invited to view the sculptures, meet the artists and enjoy music and refreshments at the Civic Center.  Docent led tours of the Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition were conducted by members of the Newport Beach Art Foundation.


For a self-guided walking tour of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition, download the "MyNB" app from the Apple iTunes App Store or Google Play App Store.  Search for "MyNB."  If you already have the "MyNB" app on your mobile device, update it to include the latest additions to the Sculpture Exhibition.

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