Forecast Blog

August 29, 2014

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists

Sharon Louden, editor

Although artists are inundated with an overflow of wisdom on how to feed their muses, advice slows to a trickle on how to feed their families. Editor and artist Sharon Louden explores the latter in this personable, easy-to-read volume of pragmatic artist testimonies. Forty essays and interviews with artists such as Amy Pleasant, Austin Thomas, … Read More

Reviewed by Jen Dolen | Books, Public Art Review

August 27, 2014

The 3D Revolution

New technology gives artists a novel way to build models and fabricate works

No matter how much trouble the creators of digital tech may be having actually creating popular new products these days—and they are having trouble—they continue to hype the novelty and game-changing capabilities of each new bit of soft- or hardware. There is one digital area, however, that so powerfully combines an unlikely premise with an … Read More

Jon Spayde | Featured, Public Art Review

August 26, 2014

Forecast Artist Services – Celebrating 25 years in 2014

2011 Forecast Grantee Amanda Lovelee

With funding from the Jerome Foundation, 2011 Forecast Project Grantee Amanda Lovelee gave strangers the opportunity to connect, foster community, hold hands, and dance. Through the shared activity of square dancing, the Call and Answer Project worked to develop “a space for physical connection and an awareness of the need for such connection.” Lovelee is currently an … Read More

August 25, 2014

Where People Gather

Maya Lin’s work on the Confluence Project honors the past, and the project’s new executive director reaches out to the public on behalf of the future

Back in 1999, when Vancouver, Washington, nonprofit leader Jane Jacobsen first learned of a potential $500,000 gift to fund a public art project commemorating the upcoming bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition, the bare outline of how to spend the money was immediately obvious. “Let’s start in the West, where Lewis … Read More

Jacqueline White | On Location, Public Art Review

August 22, 2014

Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30

Jane Golden and David Updike, editors

At 30 years old, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia has been an unqualified success, sparking the creation of more than 3,800 murals and public art projects that have made lasting impressions on every neighborhood in the city. Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30, the latest book about the ongoing project, uses essays and photos to … Read More

Public Art Review | Books, Public Art Review

August 20, 2014

Case Study: Glacier Hills ‘Water Stories’ Residency

Environmental stewardship through the design and creation of public art in a rain garden

Eagan, MN: Throughout May and June 2014, environmental designer Carrie Christensen and ceramicist Anna Metcalf worked with students at Glacier Hills Elementary to transform the school’s landscape with public art.  During the residency, students, artists and teachers applied engineering design and the artistic design processes to come up with a feasible way to incorporate functional public … Read More