Eight Berkeley artists were selected to create the sidewalk art for the Addison Streetscape. They are Lynne-Rachel Altman, Jenny Cole, Carolynn Haydu, Diana Maria Rossi, Rebecca Schwarz, Nancy Selvin, Sofie Siegmann and April Watkins. A selection panel that reports to the Civic Arts Commission chose their work from a field of 24 applicants.
The artists have submitted drawings or samples of materials they will use in the sidewalk art consisting of 12 panels, five on the north side of the street and seven panels on the south side of Addison.
The Streetscape Project was open to artists who live or work in Berkeley, but other public art projects both downtown and elsewhere in the city will be open to artists living anywhere in the world.
Civic Arts Coordinator Mary Ann Merker-Benton said inquires about downtown public art drew queries from artists all over the country.
She said the city’s aim is to have balance, to display the work of local artists and to help them develop, but also to bring in the work of people from other artistic environments.