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June 22, 2016

Artist finalists announced for Congress Square redesign

Photo / James McCarthy Congress Square at the corner of High and Congress Street in downtown Portland.
Photo / James McCarthy Public seating at Congress Square in downtown Portland.

The Portland Public Art Committee has announced the four artist finalists for the Congress Square Public Arts Commission after narrowing down a field of 97 artists from across the globe.

The four artist finalists are:

  • Ned Kahn (Sebastopol, Calif.)
  • Patrick Marold (Denver, Colo.)
  • Matthew Ritchie (New York City)
  • Sarah Sze (New York City).

The finalists will now proceed to the next round of the vetting process, which will include interviews with the selection committee and a site visit. 

The finalists will also participate in a free public forum on Aug. 8 at the Portland Museum of Art that will include a presentation from each finalist and a question-and-answer session.

The selected artist’s work will include developing a concept for public art for Congress Square in collaboration with the Philadelphia-based WRT, the design team selected in May that will create a concept for Congress Square as a whole, according to a release from the City of Portland.

“The Congress Square Artist Selection Committee is looking forward to bringing four outstanding, internationally known artists to Portland,” said Portland Public Art Committee member Alison Hildreth in a prepared statement. “Collaboration is important for this project and these four individuals have worked collaboratively with urban designers and community members in the past. We are looking forward to their presentations on Aug. 8 and hearing feedback from the community.”


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