by Shawna Carter

SOCORRO, N.M., Aug. 5, 2005 — New Mexico Tech has chosen four artists’ public art works as finalists for consideration for placement in the university’s soon-to-be opened Joseph A. Fidel Student Services Center.

The artists bidding for final consideration are: Gordon Huether; Koryn Rolstad; James T. Russell; and Shan Shan Sheng. Each artist recently gave a presentation of their proposed sculptures for the three-story building’s entrance rotunda at a meeting of the New Mexico Tech Local Selection Committee (LSC).

Since New Mexico Tech received state funds to construct the new building, the university is required to spend one percent of the funds on art to be placed in, on, or around the building as part of New Mexico’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program.

AIPP was established in 1986 as a means to administer one percent of capital outlay projects for the acquisition of public art. The program has expanded and diversified to provide several new programs to better meet the needs of New Mexico’s communities and improve the quality of life for every New Mexican.

Models of the proposed artworks for the Fidel Student Services Center are currently on display for public viewing on the second floor of the university’s Joseph R. Skeen Library.

Public comments are appreciated by LSC, and can be dropped in the comment box, near the displays in the library.

Gordon Huether is an artist based out of Napa Calif. He specializes in working with glass as a medium. Examples of his art can be found in the Napa Valley Museum of Art, the USCF Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at Mount Zion, Arts for Recovery Collection in San Francisco, as well as several other corporate and private collections in various locations in California.

Koryn Rolstad is an artist based out of Seattle. She is educated in architecture and fine arts. Examples of her artwork can be seen in public buildings throughout the United States and Japan including the PNC Fireside Bank in Pittsburgh and the Mishima Hospital in Mishima, Shizouka, Japan.

James Russell is an artist based out of Lomita, Calif. He specializes in using polished stainless steel as a medium for his sculptures. Examples of his sculptures can be found throughout the United States and China, including the City of South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission and the Motorola Corporate Headquarters in Beijing, China.

Shan Shan Sheng is an artist based out of San Francisco. She specializes in using cold-casting glass, a contemporary sculpture medium. Examples of her art can be found worldwide, including the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China, the Peace Museum in Chicago, the Rohsska Museum for Design and Art in Goteborg, Sweden, and the Palazzo delle Prigioni Nouvo in Venice.