Public Art Review—the first national journal devoted to the field—started as a black and white publication in 1989, printed on high-quality newsprint with lively and thought-provoking coverage of projects and trends in the field. Each issue was—and still is—organized around a theme, giving PAR a long shelf life and making it useful as an educational tool. Forecast Public Art partnered with the University of Minnesota to have the back issues of Public Art Review scanned, digitized and archived as a special collection at the University of Minnesota’s Andersen Library.
Funded through a consortium grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a generous anonymous donor, this archive is the first non-university collection completely scanned and digitized for sharing via the University of Minnesota’s UMedia platform. In addition to Public Art Review, the complete papers of Forecast Public Art are freely available to researchers, educators and others interested in our organization and the history of contemporary public art.
We invite researchers to mine this content and produce anthologies or reports for use by professionals in a wide variety of related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, community development, program management, art history, education and many others. Over the next few years we plan to catalogue and organize the contents of this collection to serve readers of Public Art Review and visitors to our website. We hope to enhance the content of past issues, geocode data so smartphone apps can be developed to offer content on site, where public art lives in the world, and add new collections from other sources to grow this collection as the premier online public art resource.