Press Release 12/26/2019 – Local Artist Wins People’s Choice Award

The City of Alamosa is proud to announce that local Alamosa artist Kasia Polkowska is the recipient of the 2019 Alamosa ARTscape People’s Choice award. Polkowska’s solid glass mosaic sculpture “Reflections of Inner Self II” is installed at the SW corner of Hunt and Main Streets in downtown Alamosa. Mayor Ty Coleman made the announcement at the annual Christmas Lights Parade Saturday night.

Polkowska, an accomplished local artist, said this about the piece: “The exterior of our home may rarely reflect our true self. This colorful house is an expression of personal identity. Wouldn’t our neighborhoods be places that are more interesting, if for instance, each house would be uniquely representational of some aspect of its inhabitants’ personality? Wouldn’t it make things more interesting if you could learn something special about your neighbor just by looking at the exterior of his or her home, a true extension of their complex inner-selves?”

The award is part of the city’s ARTscape sculpture program, which features on-loan, outdoor sculpture downtown for one year. The public votes for their favorite, and the City rewards the chosen artist with a $1,000 prize.

Kasia and husband Kyle Cuniff live in Alamosa with their young son and are expecting another child soon. They are both gifted artists and we are pleased to have them as members of our community. The City purchased Kasia’s piece “Trouvaille” in 2019 for our community’s permanent art collection, and have placed it in front of the Narrow Gage Book Cooperative for everyone to enjoy.

The 2019 ARTscape sculpture collection was sponsored in part by Dianne Parotte, First SW Bank, the Alamosa County Local Marketing Board, the SLV Council of Governments, and Konnie and Damon Martin.

For more information about the Alamosa ARTscape program, please call Kelley Baily at (719) 587-2024.

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The City of Alamosa is a multicultural community of 9,000+ centrally located in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. The City was incorporated in 1878 and is the gateway to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where more than 400,000 visitors enjoy Colorado’s natural beauty each year. For more information, visit us at www.cityofalamosa.org.

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