Public Art Review

September 21, 2015

Room for Everyone 1

A new public art administrator’s path to reaching underrepresented artists

I spent 17 years as a nurse before transitioning to my career as a public art administrator. In 2012, I began volunteering in my neighborhood to develop and implement a project that paired artwork with vacant commercial storefronts. I quickly found that my desire to connect artists with opportunities to beautify blighted pockets of my … Read More

Joan Vorderbruggen | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

June 26, 2015

Report from the 2015 Public Art Network Preconference

Part of the Americans for the Arts Conference, June 10-12, 2015

Chicago, Ill. – The Public Art Network (PAN), a program of Americans for the Arts (AFTA), holds its annual gathering each June. One of several preconferences held before AFTA’s annual conference, the PAN preconference focuses exclusively on public art. The main themes that emerged at the PAN preconference on June 10-12, 2015, centered on the … Read More

Karin L. Wolf | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

June 17, 2015

Art with Story

With their huge success, public art events and DIY socially engaged artists offer clues to invigorate the commissioning of permanent artworks

My gutter curator life in New York during the exploding experimentation of expressionism in the 1980s was followed by an escape to Seattle. I landed in the heart of experimentation and freedom among public art administrators such as Jerry Allen, Richard Andrews, Mickey Gustin, Sandy Percival, and Diane Shamash. Artists like Buster Simpson, Jack Mackie, … Read More

Glenn Weiss | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

December 19, 2014

Service and Art

Artists and Buddhists engage

Both engaged Buddhism and engaged art found fertile ground in the United States during the 1960s, a politically charged era when social justice, activism, and community engagement were being redefined by race, war, gender, and economic equity. In the United States a convergence of spokespersons from Asia, emphasizing ethics and wisdom practices, expanded our understanding … Read More

December 15, 2014

Elevating Artists 1

Why one gallery owner has a formal public art program

Los Angeles, Calif. – The distinction between “gallery art” and public art usually goes more or less unquestioned, but one veteran gallery owner is blurring the line between the two by running an active public art program out of his art space in Culver City, California. Mark Moore moved his Mark Moore Gallery to the … Read More

December 8, 2014

The Art of Conversation

Toward a more civil—and creative—American discourse

ARCHIVE 2011 – Over the years, my writing has been dedicated to the proposition that there is a life for art beyond the legitimizing walls of museums and galleries. Like the Tao running wild as a dragon in heat, art is everywhere. In a critical shift from the idea of art as monologue and self-expression, … Read More

Suzi Gablik | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

October 10, 2014

Free Your Mind

Perhaps the most radical act of a public artist is to activate the public imagination

Community engagement in public art comes in many forms; and probably just as numerous are the reasons we should be interested in such engagements. But one reason, above all others, is profoundly important—especially given the widespread insistence (as evidenced by recent “Occupy” movements, citizen uprisings, and public protests) on full involvement in public political, social, … Read More

Rob Garrett | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

September 5, 2014

Wide-Open Spaces

Yinka Shonibare on why he turned his London studio into a “mini-community”

Hossein Amirsadeghi: What role does the studio play in your work? Yinka Shonibare: The studio is something productive for me, but not only in relation to the creation of art objects. It is divided into two parts. The top part is where I do my production meetings and my drawings and paintings. But I also … Read More

Hossein Amirsadeghi | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

August 27, 2014

The 3D Revolution

New technology gives artists a novel way to build models and fabricate works

No matter how much trouble the creators of digital tech may be having actually creating popular new products these days—and they are having trouble—they continue to hype the novelty and game-changing capabilities of each new bit of soft- or hardware. There is one digital area, however, that so powerfully combines an unlikely premise with an … Read More

August 4, 2014

Calling All Citizen Artists

Announcing the launch of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT— U.S. Secretary of Arts and Culture, October 5, 2013, Syracuse, N.Y. In this era of broken systems—health care, energy, education, economy—citizens must imagine and create better alternatives that are aligned with humane values and needs. To build this capacity for co-creation, it is imperative that we provide universal access to empowering creative experiences … Read More

Arlene Goldbard and Adam Horowitz | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

August 1, 2014

Interview with Frances Whitehead: Podcast

Frances Whitehead loves disturbed sites. Once a sculptor with a successful studio practice, Whitehead now uses her artistic expertise to transform abandoned public spaces into places of environmental stewardship and civic engagement. One of her most recent endeavors is working as lead artist for a massive placemaking project in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and fellow artist … Read More

July 24, 2014

Interview between Works Progress and Public Matters: Podcast

In this artist-to-artist interview, Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker of Minnesota-based Works Progress Studio—a network of creative collaborators that designs multi-disciplinary events, programs and exhibits—chat with principal Mike Blockstein and creative director Reanne Estrada of Public Matters, a California-based organization of artists, educators, and media professionals that design and implement socially-engaged public art projects aimed at catalyzing long-term community benefits. Matteson, Kloecker, Blockstein, and Estrada discuss … Read More

Works Progress and Public Matters | Public Art Review, Shop Talk