Public Art Category


A general term for wall art of any kind, including mosiac, fresco, relief, two dimensional graphics, and billboard art.

August 15, 2014

The New City-Makers

Six lessons public artists can teach us about how to make our cities better

Something strange is happening in our cities. Given the somber state of our economic, environmental, and social progress, one would expect cities to be in serious trouble. After all, a growing majority of the world’s population lives in them (84 percent in the United States, according to the last census), where they consume an ever-growing … Read More

June 27, 2014


Artist: Mitsu Overstreet

Atlantic City, N.J. (2014) – Artist Mitsu Overstreet recently completed Journey, a large-scale mural using inkjet on weather proof vinyl mesh and acubest aluminum panels. The mural is comprised of 27 panels, each measuring 25 feet wide and 35 feet high, and covers the sides of the West Hall building with scenes depicting sunrise and sunset in Atlantic … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

February 26, 2014

Healing Arts 1

Five hospitals demonstrate models for integrating art in institutional settings

The past five years have seen an explosion in new hospital construction, and many of these new facilities have highly organized arts programs to fill their blank buildings with sculptures, murals, paintings, even interactive art exhibits. Commissioned art for hospitals is nothing new, of course. But several recent hospital projects suggest new approaches and a … Read More

January 25, 2014

Public Art as a Spiritual Path

Four artists talk about how their beliefs inform their practice

Exploring the meeting of art and spirituality with Agnes Denes, Tyree Guyton, Ned Kahn, and Lily Yeh yielded conversations as distinct as these artists’ works, yet each dialogue reflected the same truth. Despite marked differences, they share precisely those characteristics—creative force, hunger for awakening, deep sense of purpose, and reluctance to settle for the superficial … Read More

September 30, 2013

Call for Suggestions: International Award for Public Art

Global – Forecast Public Art and the Institute for Public Art have opened a Call for Suggestions for the second International Award for Public Art. The award honors excellence in the field while also seeking to increase visibility for public art internationally and to foster knowledge through research, discussion, and debate. Please send suggestions by … Read More

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September 17, 2013

Art and Shopping 1

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago integrates site-specific works by 11 artists

Chicago – In order to bring art to enliven the walls and spaces of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago as it was being built, developers of the multilevel outlet shopping center partnered with the newly-founded, Chicago-based collective The Arts Initiative, which brings art to public and private places. Primary Projects, the Miami-based curator of the project, … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

February 12, 2013

You Are Where You Eat

Three explorations of food and place

Food has always been one of the firmest definers of place. Cheese-steak sandwiches, pit beef, and deep-dish pizza are edible shorthand for Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Chicago. Iowa is about corn and Maine is about lobster. But food has subtler and more complex connections to place. It can be a part of rituals that hallow a … Read More

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January 29, 2013

The International Award for Public Art: Six Finalists 2

Spanning the Globe

World – Public art today is a rapidly growing and evolving field. Each project embodies a unique convergence of time and place, artist and community, style and approach, vision and actualization. Yet public art lacks evaluative studies, in-depth research, and comparative data to serve the expanding field worldwide. Likewise, information about high-caliber projects in different cities and countries is not broadly accessible across … Read More

January 28, 2013

Public Art and Faith: Dylan Mortimer and Mohammed Ali

Cool and Deep: Dylan Mortimer and Mohammed Ali use the irreverence of the edgiest contemporary art styles to express their profound faith

Religion, with its emphasis on tradition, has a pretty uneasy relationship with the latest styles in contemporary culture, art included. Much church art, including public art, wavers nervously between a comforting traditionalism and an attempt to be of the moment—somehow. (The cringe-inducing attempts of religious authorities to “reach the youth” by, say, text messages from … Read More

August 23, 2012

“Through the Eye of the Raven”

Artists: multiple

In August 2010, five artists completed a new aboriginal-themed mural, THROUGH THE EYE OF THE RAVEN, on the west wall of the Orwell Hotel, at 456 East Hastings in Vancouver. The mural, covering six stories and 7,600 square feet, was developed collaboratively, with input from the local community and financial involvement from the Great Beginnings … Read More

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