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October 28, 2015

History on a Billboard

Artist-designed billboards across the southern United States explore the concept of manifest destiny

The United States’ westward expansion during the nineteenth century was justified by the concept of “manifest destiny”—the notion that the virtue and taming influence of American settlers preordained the settling of the West. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project explores this theme through a series of billboards along Interstate 10 through Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New … Read More

September 18, 2015

Revolutionary Art in the Digital Realm

Artist activists use social media to build audience and provoke action

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male, was shot and killed by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Just over a month later, 43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. The students were later pronounced dead. Iguala’s mayor and his … Read More

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

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March 27, 2015

New Zealand’s Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

Site-specific sculptures installed along scenic walkway

Waiheke, New Zealand – The seventh biennial Headland Sculpture on the Gulf event, which took place January 23 – February 15, 2015, featured a series of 31 site-specific sculptures along a scenic walkway and in the Headland Pavilion on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. Started in 2003 by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Headland Sculpture on the Gulf included … Read More

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March 23, 2015

Scottsdale’s Annual Canal Convergence Art Event

Interactive art came to the Arizona Canal for third year

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event, including interactive art, hands-on activities, and live music, took place February 26 – March 1 this year. Located on the Scottsdale Waterfront, the event staged five large-scale art installments, two dance performances and an educational water conservation display. Artworks and installations … Read More

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March 16, 2015

Art That Moves

Highlights from the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium

Boynton Beach, Fla. – The second biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium took place February 6-8 this year. In addition to experiencing more than 60 indoor and 16 outdoor kinetic artworks, visitors could attend workshops and presentations, participate in a community project called Kinetic Connection, and meet international kinetic artists. Some of the symposium … Read More

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February 25, 2015

Guesswho Gets Noticed

The anonymous Indian street artist has been compared to Banksy

Guesswho is a street artist practicing in Kochi (Cochin), a city in Kerala state on India’s southwest coast. The anonymous artist combines eastern imagery with images from western popular culture—often using multiple rendering styles in a single piece—and has been compared to Banksy. BBC recently interviewed Guesswho.   Images: Creative Commons license.

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January 21, 2015

Cultural Landscapes: Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally

A temporary installation by Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally explores culture and collaboration

VIDEO – New Mexico – In late June, beneath a blanket of stars in remote Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation, I stood at the edge of a cliff with a small group and watched as the center of Bert Benally’s sand art piece ignited and sent flames radiating outward to slowly reveal the intricate … Read More

Caitlin Olsen | On Location, Public Art Review

December 1, 2014

Two Artists Reflect on the Contemporary Memorial

Patricia Cronin and Judith Shea describe their memorial works

New York, New York – 2 projects, 2 artists, 2 stories   Memorial to a Marriage by Patricia Cronin A few years ago Grand Arts, the Kansas City–based nonprofit art projects institution, invited me to make a dream sculpture project. I had just finished a series of bronze horses, and I started looking around New … Read More

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November 24, 2014

Art Activism in Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri – Following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a movement against racial injustice began throughout the city of St. Louis. While many people have been activated to join protests, train in civil disobedience, take classes in legal rights, and get out the vote, The Regional Arts Commission … 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

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November 1, 2014

From Model to Monument

Public art boot camp in NYC parks

ARCHIVE 2011 – Day and night, families and cyclists, lovers and school kids, bird-watchers and solitary walkers flock to Riverside Park South, seven acres of marsh grasses, wildflowers, winding paths, sports areas, and picnic spots running alongside the Hudson River from 59th to 72nd Street in Manhattan. Now additional pleasures await them. In June 2011, … Read More

Valerie Gladstone | On Location, Public Art Review