On Location

Cultural Landscapes: Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally

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

Two Artists Reflect on the Contemporary Memorial

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

Issue 43


Inside Out: The People’s Art Project

VIDEO TRAILER – Since 2006, French street artist JR has inspired people across the globe with his large-scale photography. His works … Read More

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

The United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), an evolving, citizen-led project conceived to honor the importance of art … Read More

Conflict Kitchen Stirs Up Controversy

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Since 2010, Conflict Kitchen has served the Pittsburgh community food from countries with which the United States … Read More

Recent Projects

“Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks”

Vancouver, British Columbia -  Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks is Janet Echelman’s most ambitious sculpture to date. Installed in March … Read More

“Lightborder 2014″

Berlin, Germany – On Sunday, November 9th, Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built … Read More


Paris, France (2014) – This fall LA artist Paul McCarthy, known for his bawdy abstractions, didn’t hold back with Tree, … Read More


The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities

College arts and humanities funding has declined, as many students, school administrators, and everyday citizens question the value of art … Read More

Creative Refuge

A new book sheds light on participatory art projects with children. Creative Refuge is part research catalog/part education manual from … Read More

Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas

From Canada to Argentina, Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas takes us on a powerful tour of some of the … Read More

Shop Talk

Elevating Artists

Los Angeles, Calif. – The distinction between “gallery art” and public art usually goes more or less unquestioned, but one … Read More

The Art of Conversation

ARCHIVE 2011 – Over the years, my writing has been dedicated to the proposition that there is a life for … Read More

Free Your Mind

Community engagement in public art comes in many forms; and probably just as numerous are the reasons we should be … Read More