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Page 10-Tuesday, July 20,i982-The Michigan Daily

Area artist
files suit
against
art fair
organizers
(Continued from Page 1)
we can draw some conclusions."
A MEMORANDUM issued by
Lockard's lawyers cites that, unless
Lockard is reinstated, only two of the
fair's 300 artists participating this year
will be black.
Gombiner also said there is some
evidence that the rejection may have
been spurred by the jealousy of less
successful white artists on the selection
committee. He added that Lockard's
rejection may discourage other blacks
from applying to the fair.
Lockard's lawyers, who contend that
his exclusion from the fair is detrimen-
tal to his professional career,are also
seeking damages from the Ann Arbor
Street Art Fair, Inc., to compensate for
any harm caused by the rejection.
At last night's City Council meeting,
Mayor Louis Belcher said the suit in-
volved roughly "half a million dollars."
Lockard's rejection drew protests
from his friends and colleagues, and led
to the formation of the Committee for
the Salvation of the Human Experience
in the Visual Arts (SHEVA),according
to SHEVA member Leslie Kamil-
Miller.

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I Tw o 30Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON,
Elizabeth and Alex Burdette enjoy a refreshing ice cream break as they stroll along the sidewalk sale on Main Street
yesterday.

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Council to
By KRISTIN STAPLETON
Legislation which requires art fair
organizations to make their criteria for
selecting artists available to the public
was passed unanimously by City Coun-
cil members last night.
The resolution also stipulates,
however, in an amendment proposed by
Mayor Louis Belcher that "it is not the
intent of the City Council to involve it-
self in the selection of art for the fair."
THE PROPOSAL was designed to
make the art fair more accountable to
the public, according to its sponsor,
Democratic Councilmember Larry
Hunter. It requires art fair groups to
submit criteria to the council and make

make criteria public
the information available to the public, of city services.
Hunter said he introduced the The three groups, comprising the art
resolution in response to charges by a fair, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Inc.,
group supporting black artist Jon University Artists and Craftsmen
Lockard, who has filed suit against his Guild, and State Street Art Fair,
exclusion from the fair, provided City Council with a list of their
The group, called the Committee for the criteria for picking artists yesterday.
Salvation of the Human Experience in It will be available for public viewing at
the Visual Arts (SHEVA) told council the city clerk's office starting today.
that because selection criteria are not Mark Gombiner, one of the at-
available to artists, their right to know torneys representing Lockard, said he
why they are rejected is violated. questioned whether the criteria submit-
SHEVA claims that the acceptance ted to the council were used in
committee of the Ann Arbor Street Art Lockard's case. He said the council's
Fair, Inc. - which rejected Lockard - decision will not affect Lockard's suit.
is not accountable to the public,
although it uses public funds in the form

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PAINFUL SEPARATION?
Get it over FAST-Daily Classifieds 764-0557

Suspected rapist arrested
Police arrested Robert Wilkins, 28, of
Ann Arbor, this weekend in connection
with the rape of a 32-year-old woman
last Thursday in her home on the 2300
block of Parkwood. Police said a
follow-up investigation led to the arrest.
Wilkins was arraigned over the
weekend and is being held in
Washtenaw County Jail.
Drake's robbed
Drake's Sandwich Shop was robbed
Friday and a suspect was apprehended
shortly after the 5:25 p.m. incident,
police said yesterday. The suspect,
Herbert Johnson, 29, of Ann Arbor,
allegedly entered the store, went
behind the counter and forced a
waitress to open the cash register by
standing on her foot. The suspect then
took a small amount of money and fled
on foot. Responding to reports from
University security offices, police ap-
prehended the suspect near the corner
of Oakland and Hill streets.
Assault occurs at bar
Ann Ann Arbor police officer was
assaulted Saturday night at the Flame
Bar, located on the 100 block of W.
Washington. According to police, Sgt.
DeGrand entered the bar at 2;15 a.m. to
investigate a reported assault. Outside
the bar he was pushed and then pun-
ched by a man whom he was
questioning in connection with the
assault. When the man tried to flee,
DeGrand arrested him.

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