Artist to Discuss Large-Scale Sculpture Commemorating CNM’s 50th Anniversary on Friday

November 18, 2015 -- Albuquerque artist Karen Yank, who has been commissioned to create a monumental sculpture commemorating CNM’s 50th anniversary, will introduce her work and her process during a talk Friday, Nov. 20, from 9-11 a.m. at CMY, Inc., 309 Old Coors Dr. SW.
Artist to Discuss Large-Scale Sculpture Commemorating CNM’s 50th Anniversary on Friday

Nov 18, 2015

With her will be the sculpture’s fabricator Damon Chefchis, owner of CMY, a custom metal fabrication shop.

When completed, the large-scale metal sculpture will be located on the southwest corner of the Student Resource Center on Main Campus, along a major pedestrian mall, which is surrounded by alcoves and benches, and planted with formal and informal arrangements of drought-tolerant trees, shrubs and grasses.

Friday’s talk is the first in a series of three by Yank that will introduce the concept of the sculpture and follow the progress of its development. These will be followed by the sculpture’s installation and a dedication ceremony.

Yank is best known for her large-scale, steel-ornamented public sculptures and her artistic contributions to award-winning interchange designs in Albuquerque. She has already designed the CNM sculpture that Chefchis will fabricate and install on CNM’s Main Campus in 2016.  CNM welding instructors and students have been invited to contribute to the welding and finishing of two benches that complete the sculptural grouping, expand the site and provide shaded seating from which to view the work.

“The purpose of the talk is to illustrate the creative and collaborative process of developing a work of public art for the community and to demonstrate CNM’s values in practice”, said Mary Bates-Ulibarri, project director. “The selection committee was impressed by Karen’s work and her understanding of CNM’s values. We’re excited by the opportunities this collaboration offers our students.

To learn more about CNM’s Art in Public Places projects click here.