Public Art Category


A term used to describe the design and development of common spaces, shared envrionments and civic places created for communities. The notion of what makes a good place changes over time and varies among cultures. Artists’ involvement is considered a best practice by urban planners, landscape architects and city builders.

October 30, 2015

Bravo, Sort Of

Public art, language, and accountability

Twenty-four years ago I wrote an article to argue that the arts community in the United States was a co-conspirator in its own marginalization. I was referring to the need for arts sector advocates to examine and question the often-disaffecting language we use to communicate about our work. I would like to say that we’ve … Read More

William Cleveland | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

July 27, 2015

Coney Art Walls

New street art exhibition comes to Coney Island

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Coney Art Walls, a large-scale exhibition that opened in July and is open until September 6, has turned Coney Island into an outdoor museum of street art. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt, the exhibition presents works by local and international artists, including Crash, Daze, Eine, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

July 7, 2015

A Mini Public Art Filmfest

An hour-long filmfest inspired by the 2015 Public Art Network Preconference

Stories about public art projects shared at the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network Preconference in June inspired this hour-long DIY mini-film fest for Public Art Review. Many of the projects listed below were selected for the Public Art Year in Review, an annual event recognizing the best in public art; others are from … Read More

Karin L. Wolf | Featured, Public Art Review

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

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

June 26, 2015

Report from the 2015 Public Art Network Preconference

Part of the Americans for the Arts Conference, June 10-12, 2015

Chicago, Ill. – The Public Art Network (PAN), a program of Americans for the Arts (AFTA), holds its annual gathering each June. One of several preconferences held before AFTA’s annual conference, the PAN preconference focuses exclusively on public art. The main themes that emerged at the PAN preconference on June 10-12, 2015, centered on the … Read More

Karin L. Wolf | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

June 24, 2015

Bloomberg Public Art Challenge Winners Announced

Four cities will receive up to $1 million each

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the four winners in their Public Art Challenge. Each city will receive up to $1 million toward the development and execution of the proposed project over the next two years. The winners are: Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY – Breathing Lights. Architect: Barbara Nelson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Artist: Adam Frelin. Illuminating the Need … Read More

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April 22, 2015

Artefact: A Documentary

Short film considers public art in Bristol

Bristol, U.K. –  Artefact, a short documentary directed and produced by Adam Jouahri, considers the place of public art in Bristol from a number of perspectives, including conversations with artists and curators. Works by Tomás Saraceno, Herman Kolgen, and others offer examples of public art projects in Bristol that have engaged the community in new … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

March 18, 2015

#SFPublicCanvas Opens Dialogue

BANDALOOP invites social media contributions

San Francisco, Calif. – BANDALOOP, whose distinctive work in vertical dance performance has been presented in cultural institutions, in nature, and on skyscrapers, bridges, and billboards, has introduced a new multimedia project called #SFPublicCanvas. The piece will be a “many-to-many conversation” focused on San Francisco’s Mid-Market district, incorporating social media contributions of art, words, and video from the public. Contributions are … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

February 9, 2015

FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition Winners Announced

Two designs chosen for 2015

New York, N.Y. – For the 2015 cycle of the FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition, two winning designs have been announced instead of one. Both designs respond to environmental issues and take cues from organic forms. Billion Oyster Pavilion by New York-based BanG Studio is grounded in local history, tapping into discussions around … Read More

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November 10, 2014


Curated by Goat Farm Arts Center

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially in the arts. As a part of this year’s ELEVATE public art celebration in Downtown Atlanta, Goat Farm Arts Center presented DUMPSTERS. Artists were invited to repurpose these vital and underappreciated receptacles into galleries, interactive installations and performance spaces. Overall, 10 dumpsters were scattered through the Atlanta … Read More

Public Art Review | On Location, Public Art Review

October 15, 2014

Water Works

Nine artist-driven projects that are transforming watersheds and communities

1. BRIGHTWATER TREATMENT PLANT (KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON) Artists: T. Ellen Sollod, Buster Simpson, Jann Rosen-Queralt Why did artists help design and decorate a new wastewater treatment plant in the Seattle area? Because it’s the law. A King County ordinance actually specifies that artists be involved early and often in community infrastructure projects. “The commitment of … Read More

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

Reviewed by Karen Olson | Books, Public Art Review