Monday, October 4, 2010

Public Art 101 Series for Artists Workshop, Office of Public Art,Pittsburgh, PA

Please join the Office of Public Art for the second installment of the Public Art Network's Public Art 101 Series for Artists - Getting Started

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
810 Penn Avenue Suite 200
Pittsburgh PA 15222

10/13/10 2:00 PM

Register here.

Questions? Contact Lea Donatelli at opa(AT)pittsburghartscouncil.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 412.391.2060 x 233.

Working in the studio allows an artist to create his/her own schedule, budget, and system for creation. Once an artist moves into the highly collaborative field of public art, huge changes are introduced. In this workshop we will cover how to work with other professionals, where to find help when needed, and the roles of each professional/ stakeholder as a project moves forward.

1. Slide show highlighting 10-15 different types of public art projects including full descriptions.

2. Getting started -learning from stakeholders including community members, architects/designers, and reviewing bodies; the roles of team members and lines of communication (project manager, contracting officer, architects, engineers and other consultants).

3. How to present your ideas—what is expected during concept development stage.

4. Leveraging opportunities and resources (e.g. architecture/building elements and/or community involvement)

5. Artist experiences - how and what we learned from community members and stakeholders, and content/resources; how we leveraged architecture -the development steps of a project.

6. Collateral benefits - how the artwork can live on in the community in other forms (books, events, webpages, etc.)


Barbara Goldstein is the Public Art Director for the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs and the editor of Public Art by the Book, a primer published in 2005 by Americans for the Arts and the University of Washington Press. Prior to her work in San José, Goldstein was Public Art Director for the City of Seattle. Goldstein has worked as a cultural planner, architectural and art critic, editor, and publisher. From 1989 to 1993, she was Director of Design Review and Cultural Planning for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. From 1980 10 1985, she edited and published Arts + Architecture magazine. She has written for art and architecture magazines both nationally and internationally, and has lectured on public art throughout the United States, and in Canada, Japan, China, and Taipei. In her capacity as PAN Councilmember she is leading the committee developing webinars for artists and arts administrators. San Jose's Public Art Program has been recognized numerous times through AFTA's Year in Review program.

Lynn Rogers is a Sr. Project Manager in the City of San Jose Public Art Program where she oversees civic engagement for the program, manages public art projects, and launched the monthly San Jose Public Art e-news which, now in its 3rd year. As Special Projects Manager for the OCA since 1995 she managed development of 2021, The Regional Cultural Plan and its recent update Cultural Connection: the City of San Jose's Cultural Vision Plan and has managed OCA's Arts Grants Programs and special OCA initiatives. From 1988 to 1995 she was Executive Director of the Alameda County Arts Commission where she leveraged the creation of that public art policy and program. She has extensive experience in working with the public and with widely diverse communities.

Amy Trachtenberg is a painter and theatrical set designer. Her first public art commission was to create atrium fabric sculptures at Children's Hospital in Oakland. She subsequently collaborated with architects to design the rotunda area, columns and frieze at Hillview Branch Library in San Jose as well as a book describing the architectural design and community involvement process. She is currently developing designs for site integrated art at a new BART (rail) station in Milpitas.

Sam Rodriquez is a young artist who started his career with "artist-initiated" aerosol art, both sanctioned and unsanctioned, and creating custom bikes. He is an art school graduate with a master's degree from California College of Art and has worked as a successful graphic designer in pop-culture/clothing and has his own custom bike business. He and his business partners Matt Rodriguez (no relation) collaborated with Mel Chin on a 'low-rider' bike/library table at MLK Jr. Library in San Jose. He is currently developing a sculpture screen project for Seven Trees Branch Library in San Jose and a series of benches and wall mosaics for Metro in Los Angeles.

The Office of Public Art (OPA) is a public private partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning.

Founded in 2005, the purpose of OPA is to provide technical assistance and educational programs about public art in the Pittsburgh Region. We work with organizations and individuals in the public and private sector to facilitate the development of and information about public art.

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