Local Artists Vie for Spot on New Arena Site

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Dozens of artists showed up to City Hall Wednesday in hopes they will be considered for a $1.5 million public art budget.

Their efforts come just one month after the City Council's controversial vote to partially fund a $8 million sculpture for the downtown arena, created by New York based artist Jeff Koons.

The $1.5 million budget announced by Shelly Willis, director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission will go towards three-to-four pieces of art located in an around the completed downtown arena.

One million dollars of the budget was donated by Marcy Friedman, who has stipulated that the art come from local, Northern California artists.

The Arts Commission will be accepting resumes within the next month.