Written by Jack Meltzer
Willimantic, CT -- June Bisantz, professor of visual arts at Eastern Connecticut State
University, has been selected by the North Carolina-based transportation company
Charlotte Arena Transit System (CATS) to present her public art project titled, "The
LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) Light Rail Project."
The BLE light rail project is an 11-mile extension of the LYNX Blue Line, the North Carolina train division of the CATS transit system. The public art will be incorporated into 13 proposed stations, including seven park and ride lots.
The selected artists' panel includes 16 artists from around the country, and was picked by the CATS' Art-in-Transit Advisory Committee after a nationwide call-to-artists. More than 383 artists submitted their credentials in response to the call.
CATS Art-In-Transit Program Manager Pallas Lombardi said, "We selected a diverse group of artists from across the country who will create art in Charlotte that focuses on what is unique about station neighborhoods along the Blue Line Extension."
Bisantz received her master's degree in painting from Claremont Graduate University in California. Her work as a commercial artist and illustrator has appeared in Esquire and Vanity Fair magazines, and her paintings, collages and multimedia pieces have been shown in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, the Benton Museum and the University of Connecticut.