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February 16, 2015

Robert Indiana’s “Seven” Stirs Controversy

Questions about the sculpture's Portland installation

Portland, Maine – Robert Indiana’s sculpture Seven now sits outside the Portland Museum of Art at 7 Congress Square. Known for his contributions to the Pop art movement, Indiana conceived of the series NUMBERS ONE through ZERO in the 1980s and made Seven in the 1990s. In a recent opinion piece, local poet Martin Steingesser … Read More

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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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January 30, 2015

National Park Service and NEA Offer New Grants

Imagine Your Parks is a government joint venture

Imagine Your Parks is a new arts grant initiative that will provide a total of $1 million to fund art projects that connect people with the park system. This is a joint project that celebrates both the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for … Read More

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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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January 14, 2015

Inside Out: The People’s Art Project

A new documentary about JR's Inside Out Project

VIDEO TRAILER – Since 2006, French street artist JR has inspired people across the globe with his large-scale photography. His works balance fine art with the vox populi, using public wall space as a gallery that can reach an infinite number of people otherwise isolated from traditional art venues. A new documentary details the story behind one … Read More

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December 17, 2014

U.S. Dept. of Arts and Culture Announces Cabinet

Twenty two national cultural leaders make up citizen-led, policy-oriented group

The United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), an evolving, citizen-led project conceived to honor the importance of art in a democratic society, launched its first cabinet on November 17, 2014. The project/department, which organizers Arlene Goldbard and Adam Horowitz wrote about in Public Art Review in 2013, adheres to the following truths: (1) … Read More

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November 23, 2014

Conflict Kitchen Stirs Up Controversy

Death threats force founders to temporarily close doors

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Since 2010, Conflict Kitchen has served the Pittsburgh community food from countries with which the United States is in conflict. This social practice takeout stand serves to humanize those at the other end of the media’s polarizing headlines and to engage the public in meaningful discussion about politics and culture. Past iterations … Read More

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November 17, 2014

In Remembrance: Valerie Gladstone

We at Public Art Review were saddened by the recent passing of writer, curator, author, editor and teacher Valerie Gladstone. Gladstone wrote several articles for Public Art Review, including pieces about Governor’s Island, a collaboration between the Art Students League of New York and New York City parks, and an online course on site specificity … Read More

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November 5, 2014

New Grants for Urban Public Art Announced

Bloomberg Philanthropies' Public Art Challenge

“Public art projects play a vital role in bringing new energy to cities—along with new visitors and more economic activity.” –Michael R. Bloomberg Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg has a strong appreciation for public art. During his administration, the City of New York presented nearly 500 public art projects. Having witnessed firsthand the … Read More

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October 27, 2014

Old Bay Bridge to Become Public Art

Just over a year ago the Eastern span of the new Bay Bridge was completed. Shortly thereafter, another daunting project began: deconstructing the old Bay Bridge. While the old span was deemed unsafe for commuters, it is built of valuable materials fit for reuse. Many artists have seized the opportunity to bring new life to … Read More

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