UC San Diego Mandeville Art GallerySan Diego, CA
The Art Gallery has anchored the west end of the Mandeville Center at UC San Diego since its construction in 1969. Conceived as a place to display student and faculty work, the gallery has had an internal role in the life of the campus. The University, though, envisioned an expansion of the gallery's presence in the larger community, a venue to display visiting National and International artists, the integration of new media, and an anchoring connection to a new Arts & Culture corridor across the campus.
To satisfy these desires, the existing gallery was completely renovated internally including new systems and a new "front porch" portal added. This portal, a steel framework that mimics the defining forms of the Mandeville Center, is a pre-function and outside lobby space, an overlook to the major north/south pedestrian promenade on campus, and a support for a large media mesh display that will display media art. The media mesh display will serve as a beacon through campus and be visible from off-campus to the west.
Orchid Award for Public Art from San Diego Architectural Foundation