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Artist is finalist

Susan Batian Gott, a Tampa glass artist, has been chosen as one of five finalists nationwide to compete for a art competition, earmarked at $65,000, for the County Center in downtown Tampa. Batian Gott and four other artists will present their proposals to the Public Art Committee on Thursday. The presentations will be broadcast live on public access television. Jan Stein is coordinator for the Hillsborough County Public Art Program. The proposed artwork will be designed to complement the architecture and reflect the artist's interpretations of significant paleontological finds, archaeological artifacts and contemporary features of Hillsborough County. Batian Gott's proposal includes large-scale cast glass relief panels that will be incorporated into the existing steel frame on the northeast entrance. Batian Gott is a public schools instructor and artist who has worked in glass for more than 15 years, creating several large scale works. She holds a master of fine arts degree in glass and has studied at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. Batian Gott has received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Hillsborough Arts Council and a Merit Award from the state of Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs. She is a member of the Artist Advisory Board of the Hillsborough Arts Council.


ELAPP nominations

Nominations of areas to be considered for purchase or protection through Hillsborough County's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program are being accepted. The nominations can be submitted by groups, organizations and individuals. The deadline is Nov. 1 for a site to be eligible for purchase this fiscal year. Forms are available at the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department, 1101 E River Cove Drive. Sites eligible for ELAPP consideration include environmentally sensitive uplands and wetlands, land endangered by development, archaeological areas, property containing native plants and animals or a unique geological feature, areas that protect water quality or quantity and acreage that could provide a buffer between development and natural settings. The nominations will be reviewed by several citizen committees before the Hillsborough County Commission makes the final decisions.