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United Way Commissions Public Art in Partnership with One Columbia

COLUMBIA SC September 27, 2016 – One Columbia for Arts and History and United Way of the Midlands partnered to commission a set of sculptures in conjunction with the dedication of their Community Innovation Center. The art will be featured at the dedication of the Community Innovation Center on September 27, 2016 at 4:30pm.

The sculptures are titled “Infinity Extended I and II” and were created by Columbia-based artist, Sharon Collings Licata. One of the sculptures will be located at each of the two entrances to the Community Innovation Center. Wells Fargo generously provided funding for the two sculptures.

Ms. Licata holds a Masters of Fine Art from the University of South Carolina and is a sculptor primarily working with stone. Her studio is located in the Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 in the Congaree Vista.

As Licata explains, “Art is a verb. United Way’s mission of uniting people and resources to improve the quality of life in the Midlands is reflected in the interwoven nature of the sculptures. The two strands reaching upward reference the two aspects of United Way’s process, needs and resources, and how they continue to grow and change.”

“We want our new Community Innovation Center to be a hub for collaboration and creativity in the Midlands. We thank Wells Fargo for funding this project, and we appreciate the beautiful piece of art created by Sharon Licata and One Columbia for their help making this become a reality,” said President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands, Mac Bennett.

One Columbia for Arts and History coordinated the process for identification and selection of the artist in partnership with United Way of the Midlands.

 

About One Columbia for Arts and History:

One Columbia for Arts and History is a non-profit organization that works to promote collaboration among citizens, the cultural community, and city government through celebrations of Columbia’s arts and historic treasures. Its goal is to enhance the quality of life for our residents, attract tourist dollars to our city, and further build our vibrant community, particularly through the facilitation of new public art projects throughout the Midlands. Visit the One Columbia website (http://onecolumbiasc.com) for a continuously updated master list of art and cultural activities occurring throughout the city.

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