Latest Public art News

Remote artist residencies return to Isle Royale, Porcupines

Jan. 16, 2022 00:02 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Artist residency programs in two of Michigan’s most remote parks are once again giving creators the chance to find inspiration through deep solitude and connection with unspoiled nature. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located in the western...

Mississippi city recognized as a global leader in public art

Jan. 09, 2022 00:08 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Paris. New York. Berlin. Hattiesburg. These four cities have something in common. Each is on a list of 11 cities in the world recognized as leaders in public art. Hattiesburg was included in the list in Travel and Leisure magazine thanks to the many murals...

A year after bombing, Nashville unveils Second Avenue plans

Dec. 18, 2021 00:03 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The future of Second Avenue will feature a life-size mural of the street’s historic buildings, expanded sidewalks and a restored tree canopy. Nashville Mayor John Cooper revealed details of the first phase of Second Avenue’s reconstruction Wednesday...

Charlottesville's Lee statue to be melted down for new art

Dec. 08, 2021 09:53 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that drew violent protests to Charlottesville, Virginia, will be melted down and turned into a new piece of public art by an African American heritage center. The city council decided how to dispose of the...

California city apologizes for bulldozing blues community

Nov. 28, 2021 17:56 PM EST

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A California city has apologized to Black and Latino residents and descendants of a tight-knit community that was torn down more than half a century ago. The East Bay Times reports Sunday that the apology was welcomed by many from the 12-block...

Two new murals unveiled in Hattiesburg; one spans 200 feet

Nov. 27, 2021 00:19 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art announced two new permanent murals were completed in the city this month. Featuring the work of Texas muralist Avery Orendorf, “Spread Your Wings” is located on the side of Fairley’s Wings &...

Hattiesburg adds hummingbird mural to downtown

Nov. 08, 2021 10:00 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A new mural is taking flight in the city of Hattiesburg. WDAM reports that a mural commissioned by the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art has been unveiled in the city's downtown. The mural, titled “Spread Your...

Russiaville artwork honors Native American, farming roots

Nov. 07, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Cecaahkwa Ciipaya. It’s the language of the Miami Indians that translates to “Crane Soul.” And it’s the name Kokomo Mayor Tyler Moore gave to one of two new sculptures installed along the paved trail in Russiaville’s Community Center...

Heartless! Artists says NYC tribute removed in permit snafu

Oct. 30, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Have a heart, New York! A giant red heart sculpture installed this week in Central Park as a tribute to health care workers and COVID-19 victims has been taken down — an apparent casualty of confusion and red tape. Italian sculptor...

Debut of Huey Newton bust spotlights an influential figure

Oct. 22, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

It was the first time in decades that she’d seen his glow. At the California foundry that fired a bust of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Percy Newton, his widow supervised as a bronze caster put finishing touches on what is to become the first permanent public art...