Marylyn Dintenfass' Parallel Park continues to draw attention to Fort Myers' public art program. This time, it's an appearance on the cover of The Parking Professional that has people around the country talking about Fort Myers in a highly favorable light.
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Among the myriad benefits associated with public art is its ability to enhance and define a city's identity, burnish the city's image to the outside world and enable a community to attain recognition as a regional and national leader in the visual arts. By these measures, Dintenfass' Parallel Park is an unquestionable success.
The Parking Professional joins ARTNews and NY Arts magazines in featuring Parallel Park, the 30,000-square-foot public art installation that has converted the 5-story Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage into a work of fine art. The making of Parallel Park is also the subject of a book by Aliza Edelman that was published in 2011 by Hard Press Editions in association with Hudson Hills Press. Titled Marylyn Dintenfass Parallel Park, the 140-page monograph has placed Fort Myers in the public art spotlight worldwide.
Parallel Park received the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network 2011 Year in Review Award. It was selected by curators Gail Goldman, Kendal Henry and Richard Turner out of 430 projects submitted by public art programs and artists nationwide. The project was undertaken in 2010 by Lee County in partnership with the Fort Myers Public Art Committee. Dedicated on December 9, 2010, the installation features 23 panels 33 feet tall by 23 feet wide that metaphorically express the spirit of the automobile.
Marylyn Dintenfass is an internationally-recognized artist whose work is found in public and private collections in Italy, Denmark, Israel, Japan and the United States. More than 30 public collections hold her work including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Flint Institute of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The artist has been featured in more than a dozen solo exhibitions across the Unites States, including the Queens Museum of Art, the Katonah Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art (an exhibition underwritten by the Andy Warhol Foundation) and her one-woman show in January 2011 at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the Lee campus of Edison State College in Fort Myers