MAY 30, 2001

Jennifer Hutchins


Rochester, NY - Today ARTWalk and the South East Area Coalition (SEAC) announce the winners of the public bench competition at 10:00 a.m. at Edibles Restaurant, 704 University Avenue. Rochester City Council President Lois Giess and renowned Rochester sculptor Paul Knoblauch will present awards to the eight winning artists. Three-dimensional models of finalists will be on display.

The City of Rochester will pay for four of the public benches and ARTWalk supporters will fund the other four. Jeremy and Pamela Klainer have made a generous donation to fund two of the benches, and another bench will be paid for through a donation in loving memory of Robert Ham. The eighth ARTWalk bench is made possible through individual contributions collected by artist Eric Bellman. Each of the winners will receive $1400 to build and deliver a completed bench by September of 2001.

"Taking a seat on University Avenue will never be the same again" says Doug Rice, Executive Director of ARTWalk, who was recently named Citizen of the Year by SEAC. "We received entries from artists and artisans from throughout the Greater Rochester community. The benches will be destinations in and of themselves."

ARTWalk is an interactive outdoor museum connecting cultural institutions in the Neighborhood of the Arts on University Avenue. The project grew out of a cooperative effort between residents and city officials during the reconstruction of the road. Some of the features will constantly evolve and change, while permanent elements, such as a wide decorative sidewalk stamped with local artists’ designs, will guide pedestrians along the way.