Latest Public art News

Breaking the Bronze Ceiling: First statue honoring women

Nov. 16, 2019 12:52 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An internationally-known sculpture artist whose work has exhibited at The Smithsonian Institute and The Bronx Museum in New York City has been picked to design Lexington's first-ever statue honoring women. The design of Barbara Grygutis of Tucson, Arizona, was picked from four...

Providence committee to review historic monuments

Nov. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence officials have announced plans to form a seven-member committee to review and address memorials, historic markers and monuments after the city’s statue of Christopher Columbus was vandalized. Historians and cultural experts would make up the panel, which would...

Maine artists commissioned for $1M public art installation

Nov. 11, 2019 11:46 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Maine artists have been commissioned to design a $1 million permanent art installation for a new convention center in Seattle. The Portland Press Herald reports Wade Kavanaugh, of Bethel, and Stephen Nguyen, of Portland, will create the installation for the Washington State...

Reno art protect expands murals, sculptures beyond city core

Nov. 3, 2019 10:54 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — There's hardly a corner left in downtown Reno without a sculpture or a mural but a few blocks beyond downtown and art becomes sparse. Now, the city is promoting a grant program that pairs artists with businesses and neighborhoods to push their creativity beyond the city's center. "There's...

Freedom Park to honor African Americans closer to reality

Oct. 30, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A gleaming abstract sculpture that's lit from within will be the centerpiece of a new park honoring the contributions of African Americans to North Carolina that's been in the planning stages for more than a decade. The state Historical Commission approved the new design for Freedom...

Frankfort High grad is painting the 1st of 3 FrankArt murals

Oct. 27, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Residents may have noticed a new piece of art going up on the side of Bourbon on Main in recent days. The mural is the first of three murals to go up in Downtown Frankfort following international calls by the Franklin County Arts Council, also known as FrankArts, for murals and...

Artist uses 'historic' markers to raise climate awareness

Oct. 19, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — New England is awash in historic markers, but a handful of plaques popping up in a New Hampshire town are different. Rather than commemorating important people or places in history, many of these dinner plate-size signs detail events like rising sea levels and an explosion of ticks that...

Plan in works to strengthen downtown Travelers Rest

Oct. 19, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) — A new master plan for a South Carolina city focuses on growth and strengthening the city's downtown as the "economic and cultural heart" of the community. The plan is for Travelers Rest. Mayor Brandy Amidon said it will serve as a guide for growth and development and "help the...