Public Art Category


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

August 17, 2016

Rio’s Gold-Medal Street Art

Work by Brazilian artists—including Eduardo Kobra—in the streets of Rio de Janeiro

When it comes to public art in Rio de Janeiro, French street-art star JR’s three massive sculptural images of young athletes in action have garnered most of the international attention. (JR is one of three official Olympic artists-in-residence; the other two are German writer Tilman Spengler and American Vine-video star Gerald Andal.) But Rio hardly … Read More

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July 18, 2016


Artist: Hyuro

Graffiti meets a child’s hand-held flipbook in a 2014 public art installation in Copenhagen, Denmark. For In/Between, Argentinian artist Hyuro created 87 large-scale aluminum panels, each one showing a segment of an animation about a deer, and installed them along a busy roadway in this bustling metropolitan city. As they cruise along the road, drivers … Read More

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February 17, 2016

The MLK Mural: We Will Not Be Satisfied Until 1

Artist: Meg Saligman Studios

Chattanooga, Tenn – How can a city, and a community, preserve its cultural heritage while undergoing rapid gentrification? Artist Meg Saligman looks to murals for an answer. The MLK Mural: We will not be satisfied until, Saligman’s latest work, is a massive, painted testament to the complex cultural dynamics along M.L. King Blvd in Chattanooga, … Read More

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July 3, 2015

Open Source Comes to Philadelphia

Multimedia works by renowned artists will be installed throughout the city

Philadelphia, Pa. – In October 2015, the citywide exhibition Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space will bring large-scale temporary public artworks by 14 renowned international and local artists to Philadelphia. Curated by Pedro Alonzo and organized by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Open Source incorporates multiple sites, a central venue, a variety … Read More

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March 4, 2015

Interview: JR

French artist JR talks about boundaries, questions, finding out what’s possible, and his latest work on Ellis Island

Born in 1983 in France, JR began his career surreptitiously tagging around Paris. In the last decade he has reached audiences all around the globe, carrying out public projects focusing on the human face and its symbolic power. After he won significant financial support in the form of the 2011 TED Prize, JR created the … Read More

January 28, 2015

Cincinnati’s ArtWorks Announces Jobs for Artists and Youth

Arts program strengthens local art and economy

Cincinnati, Ohio – Like many arts organizations across the country, Cincinnati’s ArtWorks is gearing up for its summer season. As the largest employer of visual artists in the region, ArtWorks has hired over 2,500 youth and 700 professionals since its founding in 1996, and infused the local economy with over $1.3MM since 2013. This year, … Read More

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October 13, 2014

Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas

By the editors of Phaidon Press (Amanda Renshaw, lead editor)

From Canada to Argentina, Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas takes us on a powerful tour of some of the most significant site-specific works of art of the past 10,000 years. Arranged from north to south, works by indigenous peoples from the Haida to the Inca are intermixed with contemporary pieces by artists including Matthew … Read More

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September 30, 2014

Autumn Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around the world this fall and early winter. Here is a partial list to get you started on your art adventures: September – December  Washington, D.C. 5×5 – The largest, temporary public art project in the nation’s capital returns in early September, and will culminate with twenty-five unique, diverse, and … Read More

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September 12, 2014

Giants Unveiled at Vancouver Biennale

(Vancouver, B.C.) – The 3rd Vancouver Biennale is currently underway in Canada. This celebration of public art will continue to unveil exciting new works throughout its two-year duration. The theme is “Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver” and features a wide variety of work by local, international, emerging and well-known artists. With the exhibition spread throughout … Read More

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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

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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

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