2018 Indoor Sculpture Exhibition

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“Out of the Darkness, Light” can be viewed from April 9 through June 15th .

City Hall 
1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara CA 95050 
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Central Park Library 
2635 Homestead Rd. Santa Clara CA 95051 
Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The City of Santa Clara’s 8th Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition opens to the public on April 9th, with displays of artwork in both City Hall and the Central Park Library. This year’s theme, “Out of the Darkness, Light”, inspired multiple artists to incorporate LED, Electro-Luminesent wire, and fiber-optic light features in their sculptures.

42 artists entered the juried contest and 25 were eventually selected to display. Renowned artists hold extensive C.V.s with prior national and international exhibitions and awards throughout the Bay Area, and some have previously displayed their work in Santa Clara’s own Triton Museum.

Of note are several artists who have recently entered the juried art show circuit, including artists who have created art works for the Burning Man festival. Reflecting modern “maker” and kinetic features, the sculptures’ media ranges from porcelain and metal, to found objects, to 3-D printed material, to laser-cut acrylic. Burning Man participants Kathy Richardson, a semi-finalist, learned how to weld from the Flaming Lotus Girls, while Oleg Lobykin has previously displayed a temporary art installation at Google headquarters in Mountain View.

Burning Man artists are becoming more mainstream, from San Jose’s wildly successful “Playa to Paseo” installation of Sonic Runway by artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant, to the recent opening of “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington DC. The Cultural Commission has committed to developing a temporary art program in Santa Clara as well.  Finalists will be selected in May and awards will be presented at the May 22, 2018 City Council meeting.


The exhibition’s theme is “Out of the Darkness, Light”. Incorporation of LED, Electro-Luminescent Wire, and other sustainable sources of illumination are encouraged but not required. The theme can also be interpreted as a journey, pilgrimage or epiphany. 


  • January 12, 2018: SUBMISSIONS OPEN. 12:00 p.m. PST
  • February 16, 2018: SUBMISSIONS CLOSE. 11:59 p.m. PST
  • March 1, 2018: Semifinalists selected. Artists notified.
  • April 2-6, 2018: Semifinalist artwork installed at selected locations
  • April 9, 2018: Exhibition opens to public
  • May 4, 2018: Finalists notified
  • May 22, 2018: Recognition of finalists at City Council meeting
  • June 15, 2018: Exhibition closes
  • June 18-22, 2018: All artwork uninstalled


A panel consisting of two Santa Clara Cultural Commissioners, a City Council Member, and the City Librarian reviewed submitted proposals that fit the project intent and stated criteria and selected the 22 artworks that are currently on display at City Hall and Central Park Library. The artwork were selected based on the appropriateness of the content, creativity, and relevance to the theme.


A judging panel consisting of Council Member Debi Davis, Cultural Commissioner Debra von Huene, Triton Museum of Art’s Deputy Director Preston Metcalf, and City Librarian Hilary Keith selected three sculptures for recognition.

First Place: Chris Constantine’s “Pixo the Universe” is a cube of 512 full-color LEDs in a clear case. “Pixo the Universe” is currently displayed at City Hall. Chris has not previously exhibited his art in a juried show, but is a frequent participant in the Burning Man festival and has developed his art in that environment.

Second Place: Jeffrey Yip’s “Boundless Landscapes” is a motion graphic projection mapped onto a 16-grid pyramidal display. “Boundless Landscapes” is currently displayed at the Central Park Library. Also a Burning Man participant, Jeffrey has displayed his art for many years in the public realm, including Lights Out Pier 70 in San Francisco, East Bay Maker Faire, and the 3rd International Exhibition of New Media Art at the CICA Museum in Gimpo, South Korea.

Honorable Mention: Dotti Cichon’s “Metaphysical Cosmology-Origin of the Universe/Fundamental Nature of Being” is a plexiglass half-globe of constellations which interactively displays a video of the cosmos, and incorporates fiber optic strands in the sculpture. The sculpture is currently on display at the Central Park Library. Dotti has an extensive curriculum vitae which includes international shows in the US, Hungary, Finland, and Canada as well as Santa Clara’s own Triton Museum. She has been granted a residency at the 2019 Mikkolan Navetta Summer Program in Luopioinen, Finland.

The finalists will be awarded the following monetary prizes: $500 for First Place, $250 for Second Place, and $50 for Honorable Mention.

As a Special Order of Business at the May 22, 2018 Council Meeting, Certificates of Recognition will be presented to Chris Constantine, Jeffrey Yip, and Dotti Cichon.


Any inquiries and questions can be submitted to the Santa Clara Cultural Commission at culturalcommission@santaclaraca.gov.

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