STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
CAPITOL BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
|Time:||01:35 PM to 03:15 PM|
|This Meeting was called to order by|
|This Report was prepared by|
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
|Bills Addressed: ||Action Taken:|
|Capitol Art Collection Master Plan|
State Cactus Illustration
Visitor Information Plaques
Application for Temporary Art Display
Armenian Khachkar Plaque Language
|Adopt subcommittee recommendations.|
Approve illustration with recommended modification.
Allow staff to secure copy of portrait.
Approve new plaques in Capitol rotunda.
Deny application for temporary art display.
Approve language for plaque in Armenian Garden.
01:36 PM -- Capitol Art Collection Master Plan
The committee was called to order. A quorum was present. Ms. Georgianna Contiguglia, chair of the Subcommittee on the Master Plan for the Capitol Art Collection, presented information about the subcommittee's work. She explained that the art collection will need to be appraised for insurance purposes, noting that the subcommittee has worked with the State Archives and the Department of Personnel and Administration on this issue. She discussed other recommendations from the subcommittee (Attachment A), and she noted that more recommendations would be forthcoming.
Ms. Eddins requested that artwork in the House chambers be included in the appraisal process. Mr. Damion Pechota, Legislative Council Staff, agreed that including the Senate, House, and Governor's Office would be appropriate.
Senator Newell and Ms. Contiguglia discussed the subcommittee's future plans.
01:45 PM -- State Cactus Illustration
Senator Newell discussed the proposed illustration from Mr. Thom Buchanan for the new state cactus illustration (Attachment B). She described her conversations about the illustration with Senator Schwartz, who sponsored the bill naming the claret cup cactus as the state cactus.
Ms. Julia Jackson, Legislative Council Staff, reminded the committee of the work done so far on redesigning the state symbols and emblems brochure. Committee members discussed the illustration. Ms. Bishop and Senator Newell expressed support for recommending that the red flowers in the illustration have a more vivid hue.
01:49 PM -- Clinton Portrait
Mr. Damion Pechota, Legislative Council Staff, told the committee about staff efforts to obtain the Lawrence Williams painting of President Bill Clinton. He noted that the portrait is owned by the Clinton Presidential Library, a division of the National Archives, and he described the Archives' loan application for the portrait, noting requirements for the portrait's display.
Mr. Pechota explained that the Clinton Library has suggested, as an alternative, that they prepare a giclée, or copy, of the portrait on canvas.
Ms. Eddins and Representative Hullinghorst expressed support for this proposal. Ms. Jackson clarified that some funds from the committee's Gold Fund may be necessary to secure the portrait.
01:54 PM -- Visitor Information Plaques
Ms. Theresa Holst, Legislative Council Staff, updated the committee about small projects around the Capitol Building. She provided a packet of pictures (Attachment C) and discussed the plaque being prepared for the dome observation deck.
Ms. Holst described the plaques that would be added to describe the Hall of Fame stained glass windows in the rotunda, as well as a descriptive plaque to accompany the presidential portrait collection. The committee clarified the location of these portraits and plaques.
Ms. Holst noted the display cabinets on the third floor, which would also benefit from additional description. Mr. Pechota added information on the work of the Capitol Art Master Plan Subcommittee and their proposal for this area.
Ms. Holst described proposed updates to Mr. Brown's Attic, illustrations of which are included in Attachment C.
Mr. Walter and Mr. Pechota discussed the focal point of the photo on the dome observation deck. Ms. Bishop recommended that this photo be updated from time to time.
Committee members discussed the color scheme in Mr. Brown's Attic with Ms. Holst. Mr. Patterson recommended that Ms. Holst return with more final plans for Mr. Brown's Attic, including for the wall colors.
Representative Hullinghorst and Ms. Holst discussed the dating on the observation deck panel.
Discussion ensued regarding the dome reopening.
02:12 PM -- Application for Temporary Art Display
Mr. Randall Sinner introduced himself and described his artwork, "38 of 50" (Attachment D). He explained that the work was originally a performance piece in which he stitched rope from the flags of states that permit capital punishment. He suggested that the resulting artwork could be displayed in the Capitol rotunda, and he noted that it is an educational piece.
At Senator Newell's request, Mr. Sinner explained that "38 of 50" has been exhibited in museums. Committee members clarified that parts of the piece had been exhibited at the Kansas State Capitol.
Mr. Patterson and Mr. Sinner discussed the possible timing of such an exhibit. Senator Newell noted that it could be problematic to have the exhibit displayed when the legislature might be discussing the issue of capital punishment.
Mr. Sinner responded to concerns about the neutrality of the artwork. He noted that the piece is toned down by the soft nature of the material. Committee members discussed the political nature of the piece.
Mr. Patterson clarified the proposed display with Mr. Sinner.
At Representative Hullinghorst's request, Mr. Pechota noted that the only appropriate location in the building would likely be the basement rotunda. Ms. Bishop and Mr. Pechota discussed the Creative Capitol exhibits displayed in this space.
Mr. Patterson, Ms. Miklosi, Senator Newell, and committee staff discussed various aspects of the proposal.
Ms. Miklosi recommended that the committee have guidelines for accepting artwork of a political nature. Mr. Pechota noted that the Subcommittee on the Master Plan for the Capitol Art Collection would like to create a mission statement addressing the types of art appropriate for the Capitol building.
Committee members discussed political artwork generally.
Ms. Miklosi and Ms. Green discussed Mr. Sinner's application process.
Representative Hullinghorst expressed support for better guidelines for artists but noted that she was not supportive of the exhibit.
Committee members recommended that staff research the following areas related to Creative Capitol exhibits and applications for displaying artwork in the Capitol generally:
- existing guidelines for Creative Capitol exhibits;
- committee participation in the selection of Creative Capitol exhibits;
- future guidelines for artists interested in displaying work at the Capitol; and
- modifications to artist applications to address issues specific to the Capitol building.
Staff agreed to research these issues and prepare information for a future committee meeting.
Ms. Bishop and Mr. Patterson discussed art on the Capitol grounds.
02:52 PM -- Armenian Khachkar Plaque Language
Ms. Sona Hedeshian and members of the Armenians of Colorado presented about the Armenian Garden on the Capitol grounds. Committee members reviewed language proposed by the Armenians of Colorado and staff for a plaque to accompany an Armenian khachkar in the garden (Attachment E). No changes were made to the proposed language.
Ms. Hedeshian described the timeline for completing the garden.
Mr. Pechota provided updates about the Veterans' Memorial. He also discussed the discovery of additional Governors' portraits in the State Archives. Mr. Patterson, Mr. Pechota, and Ms. Jackson discussed the possible display of these additional Governor's portraits.
Committee discussion about the portraits continued. Ms. Green noted the value of promoting stories like this, which show the importance of preserving archives. Committee members requested the opportunity to visit the Archives and see the portraits.
The committee adjourned.