In October 2015, the City of Manassas arts group began working with NOVA-Woodbridge Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Zac Jackson. The project involved working with sculpture students Alex Dorney, Paige Fischer, Audrey D’Agastinio, Hunter Knight, Frank Albert, Harry Mayer, Michael Flatequl, Harold Martin, Jessica Morales, Sarah Fischer, Christian Gallik, and Andrea Rivera to produce ten pieces to be displayed in selected sites throughout the Historic Downtown area of the City of Manassas for a year.
Jackson and his students worked to create a website where art group members could view and comment on sculpture submissions. Each of the 12 students, with some working in pairs, described the representation of their projects and the materials used to construct their pieces. Some of the sculptures were created specifically for the Historic Downtown area, while others exhibit a whimsical artistry.
Maps of the sculpture locations will be given out during a reception at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory at 5 p.m. on May 6. The Manassas First Friday Gallery Walk will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at 9431 West Street, Manassas. Streets in Historic Downtown, including Center Street and Battle Street will be closed for the event.
The sculpture project is part of an ongoing initiative by the City of Manassas to encourage art and artistic expression. For additional information, visit www.manassascity.org/art.
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