Seven local artists have been selected to display their works in area Metro stations. Installation of the MetroArt II exhibits will begin in October and end in mid-March.

The project "recognizes the talents of local artists {and provides} a means of sharing those talents with the thousands of individuals who ride the subway as they travel throughout our area," said Fred L. Bollerer, chairman and president of First American Metro Corp., one of the program's sponsors.

The pieces will be on display in the Huntington, New Carrollton, Ballston, Shady Grove, King Street and Metro Center stations for a period of two years. The program is being funded by First American Bank.

The exhibition is a project of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the MetroArt Consortium, a coalition of seven local art agencies.

Organizations within the consortium include the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, Arlington County Division of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Fairfax County Council of the Arts Inc. and the Prince George's Arts Council Inc. in cooperation with the Strathmore Hall Foundation Inc.

"Aside from the value to the participating artists and audience, one of the true premiums of this collaboration is the creative and supportive relationship this project has generated between the seven arts agencies," said Consortium Chairman Eliot Pfanstiehl.

Among the artists are Y. David Chung, whose pastel mural, "Metropolitan Scene," will go on display in the Huntington Station. Chung, a District resident, was the 1988 recipient of the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist.

District artist Shirley Kroller's works have been exhibited in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Sumner School Museum and Archives, and the National Museum of American Art. Her aluminum construction entitled "Joy of Transportation" will be on display at the Ballston Station.

"Columns," a ceramic sculpture by Hester Nelson, will be exhibited in the King Street Station.

Artist Elizabeth R. Mears suspended work "Kaleidoscope" will be exhibited at the Shady Grove Station in Maryland. Mears lives in Fairfax Station.

"The success of MetroArt lies in the fact that the local communities support and recognize the talent of their artists," said Bollerer.