You are lucky to be a student enrolled in the unique Visual and Public Arts Program of Cal State Monterey Bay. So, what exactly does that mean? Who is the public artist? What is their role in this society? In what ways is the public artist's role essential in a democracy?
These are the questions I asked myself when thinking about why I'm studying here. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview one of the creators of this public piece, artist David Avalos. The following comments come from this interview in response to general questions about the role of the artist.
In an interview that appeared in The Neighborhood Reporter, in February 1988, Louis Hock and Elizabeth Sisco offer important ideas about the different ways the public artist has an influence on public discourse.
How do you see your role as a public artist? What, if any, is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY?