The Advocates 8-27-08 Public Art

 “The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio
1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

August 27, 2008

All archived Shows at:

Wednesday, August 27,
2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you can
listen to the program’s live streaming at  One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to
reach us on the radio.  Our subject is
“The Importance of Public Art, and how what is its affects of our communities?”
Our guests are Barbara Segal, Rosemary Uzzo and Yonkers Public Works
Commissioner John Liszewski who will discuss this important topic.

Barbara Segal is the
public Art Consultant to the City of Yonkers, NY. She has had many “One Woman
Shows,” she has been involved in many group exhibits and has written numerous
articles that have been published in the NY Times, the Journal News, and other
publications. She is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and has a degree from
L’Ecole Nationale Supericure, des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France,
and a BFA degree from Pratt.

Barbara Segal has earned a
firmly established reputation as an important public artist and advocate of the
arts in New York State. Her exhibitions and larger scale
public works have consistently met with rave reviews. The New York Times
describes her sculpture as “provocative and exquisitely carved”,
responding to her installation exhibit at the Neuberger Museum of Art in 2000.
“Tour de force well describes Barbara Segal’s achievements in sculpture.
She is a master at creating complex, detailed and unusual objects from hard
stone”, states the Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at the museum. The
fall of 2003 welcomed the opening of a sculpture park on the Hudson River
waterfront in Yonkers, N.Y. The City of Yonkers exclusively contracted Barbara Segal
to organize and design this ambitious project as a symbol of its extensive
cultural revitalization. Completed in 2005 is “Muhheakantuck”,  an MTA Arts for Transit commission is a
two-part seventy foot cast aluminum wave, charting the original borders of the
Sawmill River. It runs along both sides of the historically land marked
Metro-North viaduct in the heart of downtown Yonkers. 
Segal in partnership with JMC Art Partners created Yonkers Artrucks, launched
during Business Week 2007 for the Dept. of Public Works. Together the team
developed the concept and implemented the project to transform 6 garbage trucks
into “mobile art galleries” with artist-designed vinyl wraps
promoting environmental awareness. Currently Barbara is a consultant for the
City of Yonkers
working with the Dept. of Public Works and the Downtown Waterfront Development
Corp. She spends everyday in her studio in Parkhill creating new works of art
for galleries, museums and private collectors.

Rosemary Uzzo, a
member of “Who’s Who in Education,” has a BA and an MA from Fordham University.
She was a member of the Yonkers Board of Education from 1961 through 1996.
During that period of time she served as the Director of Information Services,
for the Yonkers Board of Education, served as an Assistant Principal, a
curriculum Coordinator, and a curriculum writer. She is still active as an
Instructor for Adult Education through BOCES, been the director of the Jewels Learning
Center at the Yonkers
YMCA. Ms. Uzzo has been an instructor at Mercy
College, and an adjunct professor at Fordham University. She is the author of
“Exploring New York,” and activity text for fourth grade students in New York State. She has served on numerous Boards
and Councils, which include Mayor’s Community Relations Board, Westchester
Council on crime and Delinquency, National Council of Christians and Jews,
Bronxville Women’s League, the Italian-American/African-American Dialogue
Group, American Association of University Women, among a number of others. 

Commissioner of
Public Works, John A. Liszewski, started his career in the City of Yonkers in 1987 as a
senior budget analyst. He became Administrator for the Yonkers Police
Department, then Director of General Services in the Department of Public
Works. He was then appointed by Mayor Terrance Zaleski as Commissioner and was
reappointed by both Mayor John Spencer and currently by Mayor Phil Amicone.

As Commissioner of
Public Works, Mr. Liszewski holds full administrative responsibility for all
phases of the public works operation, including the water system, the sewer
system, solid waste collection, snow removal, recycling, bulk pick-up, and the
maintenance of all public areas (streets, bridges, highways).

He continues to work
on increasing the percentage of recycling that we do as a City. His duty as
Commissioner of Public Works has always been to continue to enhance the quality
of life for all residents of Yonkers
and to maintain our proactive approach. In addition, he participated in
collaboration with the City’s Art Community to create an exciting project to
transform six garbage trucks into mobile art galleries.  The outcome was
to promote environmental awareness and educate the public on the integral role
DPW plays in sustaining a clean and save environment.

He is a member of
Westchester Counties Solid Waste Advisory Board, American Public Works
Association, Westchester County Public Works Association, Westchester Counties
Water Works Association, as well as many other community and civic

He was born and
raised in Yonkers,
were he currently resides with his wife.  He has three children and two

 Our guests will
address some of these following questions:

How does
public art impact a Community?

should pay for it?

What is
the difference between public art and gallery art?

Is there
a discernible economic impact regarding public art?

Why have
public art in a community?

Meanwhile, the
mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current
“public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation
legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States
has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public
education” is the public policy of the United States. Also, over time
great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction of “public
policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs. emancipation,
state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces or the


The Program is
sponsored by the Green Briar Adult Home, in Millbrook, Dutchess County, NY.
One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at
and one can also see and hear all of the archived shows at: 

Richard J. Garfunkel








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