Three public art projects in Santa Monica have received nationwide recognition from Americans for the Arts, a leading national professional arts service organization.

The city’s three projects submitted for the agency’s 2011 “Year in Review” were among 47 that the jury selected as outstanding public artworks of 2010 from over 400 submittals throughout the country, city officials said.

Two projects located on the walls outside Santa Monica Place – Cradle by Ball Nogues Studio and Wheels by Anne Marie Karlsen – were described as “exceptional” by the jury in how the artists played with scale and took risks in creating the pieces. Well known Los Angeles artists Ball Nogues Studio and Karlsen were selected by a panel of experts in 2008 to create site-specific artwork for Santa Monica’s Parking Structures 7 and 8 as part of the overall renovation of both facilities.

The city Cultural Affairs Division was also lauded for Glow, Santa Monica’s unique all-night art event, in the “Visionary Leadership” category.

“We are delighted to have Santa Monica’s ongoing commitment to artistic excellence credited in this fashion,” Cultural Affairs Manager Jessica Cusick said.

For the “Year in Review” recognition, public art professionals serve as jurors to select up to 50 public art projects that represent the most compelling works from across the country. This program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects, according to Americans for the Arts.