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Joseph O'Connell & Blessing Hancock

3113 East Columbia Street
Tucson, AZ 85714, U.S.A.
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Phone: 520-294-0939     Fax: 520-294-0848
Email: jb@jbpublicart.com
URL: http://www.jbpublicart.com

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BLESSING HANCOCK
2019 East Ninth Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 275-9174    jb@jbpublicart.com
www.jbpublicart.com


PUBLIC ART

Fish Bellies, Texas State University, San Marcos,
Texas, currently commissioned, $200,000.

Heart Beacon, Emergency Coordination Center, Portland,
Oregon, currently commissioned, $130,000.

Line and Sky, The CommonLink, Shreveport,
Louisiana, currently commissioned, $600,000.

Cloud Ring, Beltline Park, Calgary, Alberta,
Canada, currently commissioned, $370,000.

Brilliance, Palo Alto,
California, currently commissioned, $130,000.

Cyclorama, University of Central Florida, Orlando,
Florida, 2012, $89,000.

Empire of Giants, Dallas,
Texas, currently commissioned, $112,000.

Origo Environment Sphere, Inspira, Sarpsborg,
Norway, 2011, $35,000.

Utah Bit and Mine, Midvale,
Utah, with Nina Borgia-Aberle, 2011, $90,000.

Seed Pods, Tinsletown Intersection, The Woodlands,
Texas, currently commissioned, $280,000.

Cocoon, Tucson, Arizona, with Nina Borgia- Aberle,
currently commissioned, $160,000.

Wandering Stars, Tucson,
Arizona, currently commissioned, $73,500.

SEED[pop!],
Public Art for the Solar Decathlon,
Washington D.C., 2009, $16,000. Featured in
Sculpture magazine, V 29 No 4.

Bike Church, Barrio Anita Neighborhood, Tucson,
Arizona. 2009, $50,000. Featured in Sculpture
magazine, V 29 No 1.


MASTER PLANNING

Durango Discovery Museum Exhibits Master Plan,
Durango, Colorado, with Joe O’Connell, 2010,
$20,000.

Houghton Road Public Art Master Plan, Tucson,
Arizona, with Nina Borgia-Aberle and Stephen
Grede, 2010, $40,000.

Cortaro Road Public Art Master Plan, Tucson,
Arizona, with Nina Borgia-Aberle and Stephen
Grede, 2009, $24,000.

McCormick Park Public Art Master Plan, Tucson,
Arizona. Pro Neighborhoods Professional Services
Award, 2008.

Vivaldi Garden Master Plan, Academy Village, Tucson,
Arizona, with Norris Design, 2008, $15,000.

The Bridges Design Master Plan, Tucson,
Arizona, with Norris Design, 2008, $35,000.

Hagatna Cultural Center Master Plan, Hagatna,
Guam. Masters Thesis, 2006.


BIOGRAPHY

Blessing owns the art and design company Skyrim Studio
Inc which focuses on public art. Her degrees in sculpture
and landscape architecture have influenced her work in
the public art field. She has contributed to design team
projects throughout North America and has extensive
experience working with community groups.


PUBLICATIONS/EXHIBITIONS

WHOA Magazine, Fall 2012
Keel, Michael. “Two Artists, One Heart.” 78-82.

Chalk the Block Festival, 2012
Seed Pod, Downtown San Antonio, Texas

Glow, 2005-2008, 2012
Seed Pod, Triangle Ranch, Oro Valley, Arizona

AfterGlow, 2010
Seed Pod, Club Congress, Tucson, Arizona

All Souls Procession, 2010
Seed Pod, Downtown Tucson, Arizona

Firestone Gallery, 2010
Bike ChandelIers, East Hampton, New York

Sculpture Magazine, 5/2010
SEED[pop!], Vol. 29 No. 4

Sculpture Magazine, 1/2010
Bike Church, Vol. 29 No. 1


AWARDS

AZ ASLA Award, 1/2010
Julian Wash Greenway Master Plan, Tucson,
Arizona. American Society of Landscape Architects.

Community Project of the Year - Ward 2, 6/2009
McCormick Park Enhancement Plan, Tucson,
Arizona.

Common Ground Award, 5/2007
The Bridges, Best Mixed Use Development, Tucson,
Arizona.

ASLA Honor Award for Design, 4/2006
American Society of Landscape Architects.

Arizona Builders Alliance Award, 5/2005
Arivaca Transportation Plaza, Arivaca, Arizona.

Archon Prize, 3/2005
Arivaca Transportation Plaza. Arivaca, Arizona.
University of Arizon


EMPLOYMENT

OWNER, 2008 - present

Skyrim Studio Inc. - Tucson, AZ
My company brings a unique balance of imaginative
thinking and technical knowledge to the public art
realm. Our work is about finding inspiration and new
experience in the day-to-day encounter. We specialize
in large scale, interactive and illuminated sculpture.

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER, 2006 - 2008
Norris Design - Tucson, AZ
I designed and planned residential communities,
parks, greenways, plazas and playgrounds,
specializing in neighborhood monumentation,
community theming and branding. Reference:
Stacey Weaks, Norris Design, (520) 622-9565

COMMUNITY PLANNER, 2005 – 2006
The Drachman Institute - Tucson, AZ
I worked with neighborhood groups to develop
design goals, master plans and guidelines for local
communities. Reference: Corky Poster, Drachman
Institute, (520) 626-9770

ART INSTRUCTOR, 1999 – 2002
Children’s Private Art Instruction – Tucson, AZ


EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, 8/02-5/06
Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture and
Planning. Received M.L.A. with highest honors,
ASLA Honor Award.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, 8/94-12/99
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture
Dean’s List.




JOE O’CONNELL
3113 E Columbia Street, Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 294-0939    jb@jbpublicart.com
www.jbpublicart.com


PUBLIC ART

Fish Bellies, Texas State University, San Marcos,
Texas, currently commissioned, $200,000.

Heart Beacon, Emergency Coordination Center, Portland,
Oregon, currently commissioned, $130,000.

Line and Sky, The CommonLink, Shreveport,
Louisiana, currently commissioned, $600,000.

Cloud Ring, Beltline Park, Calgary, Alberta,
Canada, currently commissioned, $370,000.

Brilliance, Palo Alto,
California, currently commissioned, $130,000.

Cyclorama, University of Central Florida, Orlando,
Florida, 2012, $89,000.

Empire of Giants, Dallas,
Texas, currently commissioned, $112,000.

Origo Environment Sphere, Inspira, Sarpsborg,
Norway, 2011, $35,000.

Utah Bit and Mine, Midvale,
Utah, with Nina Borgia-Aberle, 2011, $90,000.

Seed Pods, Tinsletown Intersection, The Woodlands,
Texas, currently commissioned, $280,000.

Cocoon, Tucson, Arizona, with Nina
Borgia- Aberle, currently commissioned, $160,000.

Wet Wheel, Tucson,
Arizona, currently commissioned, $100,000.

Wandering Stars, Tucson,
Arizona, currently commissioned, $73,500.

Glendale Park and Ride, Glendale, Arizona, with Nina
Borgia-Aberle, currently commissioned, $200,000.

Bends Towards Justice, MLK Tower at Depot Plaza, Tucson,
Arizona, currently commissioned, $50,000.

SEED[pop!],Public Art for the Solar Decathlon,
Washington D.C., 2009, $16,000. Featured in
Sculpture magazine, V 29 No 4.

Toby, Scott Avenue Renovation, Tucson,
Arizona, 2009, $31,500.

Bike Church, Barrio Anita Neighborhood, Tucson,
Arizona. 2009, $50,000. Featured in Sculpture
magazine, V 29 No 1.

Wondrous, Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Public Library, Marana,
Arizona, 2008, $40,000.

Color Factory, Discovery Gateway, Salt Lake City,
Utah, 2006, $100,000.

Desert O, Luminarias del Pueblo, Tucson,
Arizona, 2004, $20,000.


Biography

Joe grew up making things and turned that into a career.
After a long liberal arts education that spanned four
universities he began working for science museums where
he designed and built exhibits. He founded Creative
Machines Inc in 1995 to design and fabricate interactive
exhibits for museums around the world. He began making
public art in 2002 in order to reach new audiences.


EMPLOYMENT

OWNER, 12/97 - present
Creative Machines Inc. is our 14,000 square-foot
fabrication facility in Tucson, Arizona, where
we employ 10 artists, designers, engineers and
craftspeople. Our shop is set up to support
comprehensive prototyping and fabrication. Smart,
inquisitive people and extensive CNC capabilities
give us the ability to explore innovative materials
and processes. We design and fabricate every
project in-house. We’ve created and installed
public art and exhibits for clients throughout the
world.

INVENTOR in RESIDENCE, 6/95-9/96
Inventure Place - Akron, Ohio
Over two summers, I developed exhibits on-site,
involving visitors and staff, and kept a keen eye
on how visitors used the mix of historical and
interactive exhibits.

EXHIBIT DEVELOPER, 6/93-6/95
Hands On!, Inc. - St. Petersburg, Florida
I played a major role in a two year project to
master plan, prototype, design, fabricate and install
interactive exhibits about creativity and invention
for Inventure Place: Home of the National Inventors
Hall of Fame.

EXHIBIT PROGRAM DEVELOPER, 9/91-10/93
Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, New Jersey.

STAFF SCIENTIST, 8/90-8/91
Science North - Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.


PUBLICATIONS/EXHIBITIONS

WHOA Magazine, Fall 2012
Keel, Michael. “Two Artists, One Heart.” 78-82.

Chalk the Block Festival, 2012
Seed Pod, Downtown San Antonio, Texas

Glow, 2005-2008, 2012
Seed Pod, Triangle Ranch, Oro Valley, Arizona

AfterGlow, 2010
Seed Pod, Club Congress, Tucson, Arizona

All Souls Procession, 2010
Seed Pod, Downtown Tucson, Arizona

Firestone Gallery, 2010
Bike ChandelIers, East Hampton, New York

Sculpture Magazine, 5/2010
SEED[pop!], Vol. 29 No. 4

Sculpture Magazine, 1/2010
Bike Church, Vol. 29 No. 1

Love of Machines, 1-2/2005
Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona.
Solo show featured nine of my interactive sculptures.


EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA at SAN DIEGO
9/89-6/93, Graduate Program in Sociology/Science
Studies. Published extensively in history and
sociology of science.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, 9/91-6/92, Graduate
Program in History of Science. Visiting scholar
supported by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

UNIVERSITY of CHICAGO, 9/87-6/89 , History,
Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and
Medicine. Received B.A. with highest honors, Phi
Beta Kappa, Dean’s List.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, 9/85-6/87, Rutgers
College Honors Program. Double-majored
in physics and philosophy. Received an NSF
undergraduate grant for research in statistical
physics over summer 1987.