Thursday, February 10, 2011

Artist Selected for Mural Project!


The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announces the selection of a lead artist for the installation of a mural project at McKinley High School as part of the Jesse Kregal Pathway Improvement Project funded through the New York Power Authority and Niagara River Greenway Commission. The committee has selected Augustina Droze of Los Angeles, California, based on her extensive national experience in mural painting, presentation, and proposal.

Ms. Droze was chosen by a panel of judges who reviewed presentations made by artists from across the country. The panel included, Thomas Herrera-Mishler – CEO and President of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Philip Ogle – Chair of the Buffalo State University Fine Arts Dep., Michelle Agosto – Supervisor of Curriculum in Art for Buffalo Public Schools, Louis Grachos – Director of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, James Pappas – Associate Professor of African American Studies in the UB College of Arts and Sciences, and member of the Buffalo Arts Commission, and Ted Pietrzak – Former Executive Director of the Burchfield Penny Art Center, and member of the Buffalo Arts Commission. Ms. Droze’s experience and artistic vision of a narrative mural of Frederick Law Olmsted’s life and work was best aligned with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s goals for the project. We look forward to working closely with Ms. Droze to develop a final design and associated landscape plan to successfully implement in the coming year. She is very happy to answer any questions from the media concerning the project.

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Who: The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

What: McKinley High School Mural Project

Artist Contact Info:
Augustina Droze
P 312.848.1030

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