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Sacramento artists can submit bids for arena project next month

The City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings have an agreement to buy an $8 million sculpture from world-renowned artist Jeff Koons. The sculpture would be showcased within the downtown arena plaza.
The City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings have an agreement to buy an $8 million sculpture from world-renowned artist Jeff Koons. The sculpture would be showcased within the downtown arena plaza.

Sacramento art officials will release a call for local artists in April to submit bids for their work to be displayed at the downtown arena.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) announced Friday that a nine-member panel of local artists, curators and “community leaders” will start meeting this month to select the sites in the public plaza outside the arena where the local art will be displayed.

SMAC and the Verge Center for the Arts will also hold a series of workshops in April and May on creating public art and the process of applying for public art projects.

The City Council voted on Tuesday to dedicate $1.5 million for locally-produced public art at the arena. Local art patron Marcy Friedman contributed $1 million to the fund; the Kings and the city of Sacramento are adding $250,000 apiece to the budget.

The council also voted to approve a contract to purchase a sculpture from renowned artist Jeff Koons for $8 million. Some local artists were frustrated that they were not able to bid on that larger award earlier in the process.

SMAC said it expects to approve the winning local public art for the arena between June and September. The artwork would be installed at the site in August 2016, two months before the arena is expected to open.

Call The Bee’s Ryan Lillis, (916) 321-1085. Read his City Beat blog at www.sacbee.com/citybeat.

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