CSU, Chico News

Community Invited to Participate in Public Arts Project

Date: 03-02-2015

Kelly Lindner, Director/Curator
University Art Gallery and Public Art
Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Photography Sessions Planned March 7-10

California State University, Chico’s Campus Public Arts Committee is seeking the community’s participation in photography sessions for the campus’ new public art project, “Facewall.” The project by artist team Walczak & Heiss has been selected for installation on the south-facing wall of the new arts and humanities building at Second and Normal streets.

“Facewall” features more than 1,000 faces in silhouettes mounted on steel totems spanning a distance of 42 feet. Volunteers are needed to pose for the silhouettes during photography sessions on campus and downtown March 7-10.

“We felt that the idea of inclusivity should be key to the creation of our artwork,” artists Marek Walczak and Wesley Heiss wrote in their project proposal. “In many ways, ‘Facewall’ is about reflecting the vibrant community that makes up Chico.

“We hope that these individuals will stand like totems on the facade of the arts and humanities building, quietly watching over the equally diverse group of people who will see it every day.”

Participation is free, and children are welcome. Volunteers may make an appointment at www.facewall.me or drop by during any of the photography sessions listed below.

Participants will be required to sign an image release form and are not guaranteed to be included in the final project. Minors must have a parent or guardian sign a release.

For more information, please visit www.facewall.me.

Photography sessions held in BMU 220J are being hosted by the Associated Students government affairs division and CSU, Chico’s Office of Student Life and Leadership.

Photography dates and locations are

Saturday, March 7
8 a.m. to noon, Chico Certified Farmer’s Market, corner of Orient and 3rd streets
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wildcat Leadership Center, BMU 220J

Sunday, March 8
Noon to 9 p.m., Wildcat Leadership Center, BMU 220J

Monday, March 9
8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wildcat Leadership Center, BMU 220J
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Colusa Hall 100A

Tuesday, March 10
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wildcat Leadership Center, BMU 220J
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Colusa Hall 100A