Magazine Feature

February 26, 2014

Proving the Healthful Benefits of Art

In the budget-lean recession years, hospital art programs, like arts initiatives everywhere, have faced increasing pressure to prove a practical, measurable value. While many general public art programs focus on concepts like cultural capital, hospitals’ unique healing mission has led in a different direction: the same double-blind experimentation used to evaluate healing therapies from drugs … Read More

January 25, 2014

Triggering Change

An experimental public art project in Maine leads to a call-to-action

In 1990, I bought a former coastal town dump on Vinalhaven Island, a fishing village in the Gulf of Maine 13 miles out to sea. I built a modest residence on the land and began the work of ecosystem restoration. When I first arrived, the location was remote in winter, cut off from the mainland … Read More

Aviva Rahmani | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

October 14, 2013

How to Land a Commission

Percent for Whom? Understanding the public art selection process.

As both an artist and a public arts administrator, I have a unique perspective on the snags and successes of securing public art commissions. A hundred artists may apply for a given opportunity—but only one can succeed. Who wins—and why? The answer, of course, varies from project to project. But after reviewing hundreds of applications, … Read More

Elizabeth Keithline | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

September 24, 2013

9 Reasons Cities Need Artists During Disasters

Why cities should call on artists to help with disaster relief and recovery efforts

1. Artists have proven their willingness to help in many ways, from rubbish removal to performance, by volunteering in massive numbers after disasters like 9/11, Sandy, Katrina, and the Japanese tsunami. 2. They are often media-savvy and can set up effective online resources to connect people and coordinate local relief and recovery efforts, including handling … Read More

August 28, 2013

Me-to-We Design

Museum director Nina Simon gives tips for building a successful participatory art project

Santa Cruz, Calif. – Nina Simon is the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and the author of The Participatory Museum. In both capacities, she’s become a leading voice in the dialogue about the changing role of museums in the community. In the preface to her book (which is available … Read More

Joseph Hart | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

August 27, 2013

Public Art Publicity Primer

12 ideas for marketing your work

It is a challenge to produce effective marketing strategies for public art projects and programs. Public art administrators and artists are faced with limited resources; we all wish we had more time, money, and capacity. How do we go beyond websites and Facebook pages and get the word out? The following is a compilation of … Read More

Eylsian McNiff | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

June 8, 2013

Alejandro Haiek Coll: An Interview

Co-designer of Tiuna el Fuerte Cultural Park, winner of the International Award for Public Art

Alejandro Haiek Coll lives in Caracas, Venezuela. In his architectural design work, he is more interested in “the design of a logistic chain of events than to the massive construction.” His projects, which often have a strong social component, have focused on the renewal and resuscitation of inactive landscapes, revival of urban soils, and the … Read More

Interview by Jack Becker | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

April 30, 2013

An Arts Funding Revolution

What people are saying about the creative placemaking boom

The evolutionary progression of a trend from insightful idea to mature realization is not always easy to retrace. Our current national movement toward supporting “creative placemaking”—or a multifaceted, art-heavy design and planning process for creating pleasurable, attractive, and interesting city spaces—may have had any number of launching pads: the imagined garden-cities of Ebenezer Howard ca. … Read More

March 18, 2013

The City as a Living Work of Art

Artistic imagination and the revival of

I feel ambivalent about public art. On occasion I am uplifted, and that, thankfully, is happening more frequently. At other times I simply see material white noise—stuff. Often this happens when I see an abstract red sculpture placed in front of a glassy corporate structure that from a sensory perspective is a no building. You … Read More

Charles Landry | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

March 13, 2013

Social Media as Art

Mobile technologies define works–and users transform them

The world of social media offers interesting territory for artists to explore. The emergent values of the medium—most centrally an anarchic, user-created information experience—lend themselves especially to social practice works, where social media can serve as an important connector. But two recent projects show how artists are using the new medium in other ways. For … Read More

Joseph Hart | Public Art Review, Shop Talk