Public Art Review

June 26, 2017

Making It Public 2017 Application Now Open!

Only 20 spots available for Making It Public, a two-day intensive workshop series to help artists make public art. Free to all participants. Designed for any studio practice/artistic approach – screen printing, sculpture, community engagement, painting and more! The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday October 1, 2017. For more information and to … Read More

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June 26, 2017

The Street Museums

Can you create museums for the anarchic outdoor genre called street art? Sure, as long as they break the rules too.

Whether you call it graffiti art, urban art, street art, or post-street art, the work of spray can and sticker virtuosos has been moving toward the mainstream for decades. It’s commissioned as public art and shown (and sold) in galleries. It got its first major museum retrospective, Art in the Streets, at the Los Angeles … Read More

Jon Spayde | Featured, Public Art Review

June 23, 2017

Public Posts

Artist offers a way for people to express themselves post-election

It was the day after Election Day. In the wake of the shock felt by many Americans at the victory of Donald Trump, sticky notes began appearing on the wall of a tunnel between the Fourteenth Street subway stations on Sixth and Seventh Avenues in New York City. On them were written messages of love, … Read More

June 21, 2017

“How Do We Go Beyond Talking?”

A conversation with Roberta Uno about arts, equity, and demographic change

Roberta Uno leads Arts in a Changing America, a five-year initiative based at the California Institute of the Arts. She and her team partner with other organizations, host conversations, design participatory artist-led workshops, and share stories that look at the relationships between the nation’s changing demographics and the arts. She mixes artistic, community engagement, scholarship, … Read More

Venessa Fuentes | Featured, Public Art Review

June 16, 2017

Rolling Rez Arts Is On the Road Again

A unique mobile art and banking space is bringing mentoring and financial help to Native artists.

PINE RIDGE, SD – The vehicle is impossible to miss: a big truck adorned with stylized buffalo in bright colors. It crisscrosses the Connecticut-size Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, connecting Native artists with one another while helping them ratchet up their artistic and financial skills. Rolling Rez Arts is a joint project of three … Read More

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June 15, 2017

Hard Work in a Hybrid Space

Public art administrators have to handle demands from multiple stakeholders, private and public—while staying true to mission (and as upbeat as possible)

Public art program administrators and their colleagues who run public-art-oriented nonprofits need to be negotiators. Not only do they have to talk a good game about their projects, they have to negotiate the conflicting demands of multiple stakeholders: artists, community groups, government entities, private-sector players like developers and building owners, and anybody else who has … Read More

June 7, 2017

Street Art Museum Update

Two new projects for housing outdoor urban art challenge the museum paradigm

AMSTERDAM / BERLIN – More and more, partisans of street art are creating museum settings for this basically anarchic genre—and the museums are proving to be as rule-breaking as the art. Berlin’s architecturally innovative, soon-to-open Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art—see photo—and the buildingless Street Art Museum Amsterdam (SAMA) are profiled in the latest … Read More

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June 1, 2017

What Are We Risking?

An interview with Carlton Turner

Carlton Turner is all about creating narratives: true narratives that challenge lazy assumptions about the world and what art and artists are—narratives that confront false limitations on what art can say and how it can change the world. Since 2001, Turner has worked with Alternate ROOTS, a regional arts membership organization based in Atlanta; he … Read More

May 23, 2017

Looking for CETA

Tracking the impact of the 1970s federal program that employed artists

There are so many reasons to celebrate what the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) did for the arts in the 1970s, but it’s difficult because the evidence is practically invisible. CETA was a federal jobs program that, like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) before it, funneled many hundreds of millions of dollars to visual … Read More

Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

May 17, 2017

Rethinking a City from the Grassroots

An artist-led urbanism project invites ideas from everyone for molding the capital of Moldova

CHISINAU, Moldova – One of the semifinalists for the International Award for Public Art (highlighted in the new issue of Public Art Review) was an insouciant project called Flat Space, in which the artists and designers of the Oberliht Association in Chisinau (formerly Kishinev), Moldova reconstructed a drab socialist apartment from the era when the … Read More

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May 17, 2017

An Engaged Gathering in Chicago

Open Engagement 2017 was a forum for socially-focused arts

Under the resonant rubric “Justice,” the 2017 Open Engagement (OE) conference was held April 21-23 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and other sites across the city.   The gathering of artists and others involved in socially engaged art offered more than 100 workshops, presentations, panels, conversations, tours, parties and projects, all focused on … Read More

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April 14, 2017

Winner! 3rd International Award for Public Art

Caring for the collectors

WINNER: Pimp My Carroça, Thiago Mundano, São Paulo, Brazil, 2007 In São Paulo, 17,000 tons of waste are generated each day, and only 1 percent of it is recycled; but of this recycled material, 90 percent is collected by the 20,000 or so people who man the carroças, the city’s garbage collection carts, picking up … Read More

Jon Spayde | News, Public Art Review