Photography alumni, Letitia Huckaby's public art installation unveiling

From City of Dallas Cultural Affairs:

Shadows and light intermingle with silhouettes and color in the newly-installed windows of the Highland Hills Branch Library in southeast Dallas. The public art installation, Index, was created by artist Letitia Huckaby as a part of the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program. The work is permanently on display the entrance to the Highland Hills Branch Library, 3624 Simpson Stuart Rd., Dallas, TX. An official unveiling of the piece takes place on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. as a part of the grand opening of the new library. The artist will be present to meet and greet community members.

“We’re pleased to feature Letitia Huckaby’s work at the new library,” says Assistant Director of Public Service with the Dallas Public Libraries, Kraig Willis. “This beautiful addition will support the library as a neighborhood destination and contribute to cultivating a creative atmosphere conducive to reading and learning.”

Glass panels of red, blue, yellow and green coalesce with silhouettes of community members fused in the glass panels at the library’s main entrance. The solid and print color treatments add a sense of whimsy to the artwork. The individuals featured in the artwork include Elouise Curtis, Mark Cook, Keshawn Finnel, Robert Thompson and Shatara Mathis.

The piece is appropriately titled, Index, referring to the physical representation of another object, in this case neighbors living in the community. The piece also harkens memories of index cards and card catalogs used to locate library resources in the days before the Internet.

“The work welcomes everyone who comes to the library by creating a vibrant entrance environment,” says Public Art Manager, Kay Kallos, Ph.D. “Letitia actually incorporated images of community members into the artwork, capturing their likeness for generations to come.”

About the Artist
Letitia Huckaby began her artistic career when her parents started her in dance classes at the age of 4. Her studies in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance continued through age 18 and culminated in the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Oklahoma Arts Institute two years in a row. This exposure turned her attention to photography, resulting in a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She went on to obtain a second degree in photography from the Art Institute of Boston, and a Master’s degree from the University of North Texas, in Denton. Index is her third public art piece in North Texas. The Fort Worth resident is represented by the Lillian Bloch Gallery in Dallas.

About The Public Art Program
The Public Art Program works to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of Dallas and enhance the cultural appeal of the City to visitors by overseeing the integration of high-quality visual art into public spaces. The Program provides opportunities for local and regional artists as well as visual artists from around the globe through commissions of works of public art. The program also supports donations of public art to the City of Dallas that are subject to a review process for acceptance that includes members of the Public Art Committee and the Cultural Affairs Commission. The Public Art Program is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

About the Office of Cultural Affairs
The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) provides opportunities for all Dallas citizens and visitors to have access to the arts and the means of cultural expression. The Office of Cultural Affairs works with its citizen advisory board, the Cultural Affairs Commission, to foster the development of the cultural system in Dallas. OCA provides a variety of programs and services, including the management and operations of seven cultural facilities, a public art program, cultural funding programs and WRR Radio. More information on the Office of Cultural Affairs’ programs can be found on its website at http://www.DallasCulture.org.