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Sixteen finalists have been selected to participate in CUBED Gulf Coast, a public art project planned for downtown Pensacola as part of the 2017 Foo Foo Festival.

The brainchild of Pensacola-based artists Evan Levin and Ashton Howard, CUBED is a 12-day outdoor mural installation and live mural-making performance. Each of the sixteen finalist artists or groups will design and create one 8 foot by 8 foot mural, painting it onto custom-made canvases over three days at Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza near Palafox and Garden Streets in downtown Pensacola.

Finalists include Austin Ruiz Garcia, Cecilia Luez, Gabriel Smith, Jaime Diffee/Olga Silva, Jarrod Goldman, Joe Hobbs, Joyful Enriquez, Poppy Garcia, Selina McKane/Joseph Tempesta, Stephanie Garland, Tanya Broom/Washington High School students, Veronique Zayas/Somi Choi, Valerie George/Scott Satterwhite/Eliza Espy, Yehrim Lee, Evan Levin, and Ashton Howard.

The finalists were selected by juror Lyla Catellier, the co-director of Public Programs and Special Events at the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning at Columbia University. Catellier’s previous work includes the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Elastic Arts Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

The painting will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 3-5, and the finished art installations will remain in place through the end of Foo Foo Festival on November 13.

In addition to the Foo Foo Festival and ACE (Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc.), sponsors for the CUBED project include Vinyl Music Hall, Crystal & Brian Spencer, Edward Jones Financial Advisor John L. Peacock, Jr. and Levin Rinke Realty.

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