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Austin prints bought by a Missouri museum, Cookie Ruiz honored, and the city calls for artists' work

By Robert Faires, Fri., Dec. 21, 2007

<i>Fourteen Ninety-Two, Culture and Animal Distribution</i>, by Anna Marie Pavlik
Fourteen Ninety-Two, Culture and Animal Distribution, by Anna Marie Pavlik

Printmakers Anna Marie Pavlik and Matt Rebholz have both had prints purchased for the permanent collection of the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Mo. Pavlik's Fourteen Ninety-Two, Culture and Animal Distribution and Rebholz's Chapter V in his series The Golem are both included in "Prints U.S.A. 2007," a national competitive exhibition that recognizes and encourages printmaking in the U.S., which has been showing at the museum since Nov. 17. The exhibition continues through Jan. 6.

Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz is the recipient of this year's Beverly Sheffield Award, recognizing excellence in executive directors. Sheffield was the first executive director of the Austin Community Foundation, which administers funds, invests assets, and makes grants to charitable organizations locally. The award in his honor is presented at ACF's annual gala, which was held this year at the Four Seasons Hotel on Nov. 7. Commenting on the honor, MariBen Ramsey, the foundation's interim executive director, praised Ruiz's "vision and grace, as well as her optimism and unfailing work ethic."

The city of Austin wants your art to show off in City Hall. The fourth annual People's Gallery exhibition, featuring two- and three-dimensional works in any medium from area artists, is scheduled to open Feb. 22, with work displayed throughout our seat of local government for a full year. For submission procedures, go to the Art in Public Places website, www.cityofaustin.org/aipp. All applications must be submitted via the ASAP! online public-art application system. Deadline is Friday, Jan. 4. Art will be chosen by a panel of arts professionals in January. The current 2007 exhibition continues through Jan. 31.

The city's Art in Public Places program is seeking artists to design a shade structure for the Mexican American Cultural Center's zocalo – the plaza facing Lady Bird Lake. The artist(s) will work collaboratively with the MACC design team (CasaBella Architects, architect Teodoro González de León, and the landscape architects) and must work within a budget of $200,000, which includes design fees, fabrication, installation, engineer-sealed drawings, insurance, and travel. For project description and request for qualifications, visit www.cityofaustin.org/aipp. All applications and digital images must be made through the ASAP! online public-art application system. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 4.

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