The San Marcos Arts Commission will host a public open house Friday, February 24, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, to showcase the designs of three finalists for a public sculpture project at Ramon Lucio Park. The public is invited and encouraged to give their feedback on the designs.
The Arts Commission issued a national call for artist qualifications in the spring of 2022. Out of nearly 70 respondents, the Commission selected three finalists:
- Shane Allbritton of Houston
- Eliseo Garcia of Dallas
- Daniel Miller of Iowa City, Iowa
The finalists were asked to submit full-scale proposals to include drawings or diagrams, maquettes if appropriate, budgets, and timelines. The submitted materials will be presented at the open house. The budget for this project is $70,000 and includes all costs associated with the project including artist fees, architect/engineer fees, materials, installation, insurance, travel, fabrication, and landscaping if necessary.
The Commission will gather public input during the open house and select an artist and their design for the project. The selected design will then be presented to the City Council for final approval. If approved, construction is expected to begin this year.
About the San Marcos Arts Commission: The San Marcos Arts Commission’s mission is to support and contribute to the artistic vitality, diverse cultural heritage, and economic prosperity of our city in an effort to distinguish it from other communities while promoting tourism in San Marcos. Its programs include: the Mural Arts Program; disbursement of annual Arts and Cultural Grants; and recommending placement and funding of public art. More information can be found online at smtxarts.com.