Joe Fay (1950 - ), born in Newport, Rhode Island, received his B.A. from San Diego State University. He taught at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, the University of Southern California, and Occidental College. His paintings, which have been exhibited in solo and group in Southern California, are strongly influenced by the diverse images, colors, and styles found in Los Angeles. (1) His sculpture incorporates natural imagery such as animals and people, and includes a body of works involving silhouettes of animals cut from brushed aluminum. Fay was a recipient of the Young Talent Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and his work is in the museum's collection. In addition to his installation at Citicorp Plaza, Fay's public art can be seen in the interior of the Ronald Reagan State Office Building on Spring Street.
Gary Soto (1952 - ), born in Fresno, has authored and edited numerous books of poetry and anthologies. His memoir, "Living Up the Street," received an American Book Award. Soto's poetry has also appeared in magazines, including "The Nation," "Ploughshares" and "Poetry." He was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In addition Soto received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for producing the film "The Pool Party," the United States Award of the International Poetry Forum, the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award.Footnotes:
1. "Joe Fay Artist Statement," Young Talent Awards catalogue, August 13 - September 20, 1987, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.