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In 1969, Lake Clifton Highschool was the largest public school campus on the east coast and a high profile example of Baltimore’s art in schools program. Now the building sits vacant and awaits demolition. Through the lens of public art we will examine the history of the location, the seven artists commissioned to create contemporary works for the school, and touch on the current predicament of unmaintained mid-century public artworks in aging school buildings across Baltimore City.
C. Ryan Patterson is an artist and arts administrator who lives with his family in Better Waverly, Baltimore. From 2013 to 2019 he was the Public Art Administrator at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts where he worked closely with advocates and volunteer collaborators to establish an updated inventory of public artworks across Baltimore. He currently serves as a state contractor for public art project management.
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