Public Art Category

Social Practice

Any art activity that is designed to address or involve a social issue, such as homelessness, civil rights, social justice causes, etc. Art as activism, art as process, art as provocateur, etc.

October 15, 2014

Water Works

Nine artist-driven projects that are transforming watersheds and communities

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 King … Read More

October 6, 2014

CREATE: The Community Meal Serves 2000

Artist: Seitu Jones

St. Paul-based artist and urbanist Seitu Jones organized an unprecedented community gathering. On September 14, 2014 two thousand Twin Cities residents met around a table that stretched 1/2 mile across the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul. Together they shared a meal provided by local kitchens and farmers to raise awareness about food justice—the fight for all … 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 29, 2014

The 5×5 Project

On view in Washington DC until December 2014

Washington DC – September marks an exciting time for public art with the recent opening of The 5×5 Project. This public art program is organized by five established curators, each of whom selected five artists to create site-specific works that explore the culture, history and sites of Washington DC. This is the second installation of … Read More

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September 25, 2014

Rick Lowe Awarded 2014 MacArthur Fellowship

Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 MacArthur fellowship along with 20 other gifted, creative innovators. Anonymously nominated by leaders in their field, fellows receive a stipend of $625,000, paid over the course of five years, to use as they see fit. Originally trained as a … Read More

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September 15, 2014

“Folkestone Digs”

Artist: Michael Sailstorfer

Folkestone, U.K. (2014) – German artist Michael Sailstorfer tackles our thirst for fortune, adventure, and play in his recent work Follkstone Digs, part of the third edition of the Folkstone Triennial in the southeast coast of England. The project began with a press announcement declaring that $17,000 worth of gold bars are buried in the … Read More

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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 20, 2014

Culture in Motion

A mobile, inflatable auditorium brings arts programming to a tsunami-devastated region of Japan

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake, one of the most powerful in recorded history, hit Japan, and was followed by a devastating tsunami. The catastrophe claimed more than 18,000 lives and left vast swathes of the northeast severely damaged if not destroyed. In the Tohoku region, whole towns were swept away; the force of … Read More

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

August 13, 2014

Happy City

Charles Montgomery

Although not explicitly about public art, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by journalist Charles Montgomery gives plenty of reasons why we need public art in our cities and where such art should be placed to have the greatest effect. Montgomery makes a compelling case that the cities we have built, especially in the … Read More

Reviewed by Thomas Fisher | Books, Public Art Review