Top Public Art Projects 2024

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Deadline

May 31, 2024

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Public Safety Center - Exterior Wall Mural

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing
Competition stages: 2
Service fee: 1,000 $
Possible locations: Mural
Realisation period: 09.2024

Realisation budget

50,000 $

Location

Reno
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

May 31, 2024

Information

Murals Around Town

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing
Competition stages: 1
Service fee: -
Possible locations: Mural
Realisation period: unknown

Realisation budget

100,000 $

Location

Brookline
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

May 31, 2024

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City Square Sculpture

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Installation / Sculpture
Competition stages: 1
Service fee: -
Possible locations: Outdoor - Park
Realisation period: unknown

Realisation budget

200,000 $

Location

Joliet
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

May 31, 2024

Information

Public Safety Center - Entry Vestibules

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Installation
Competition stages: 2
Service fee: 1,000 €
Possible locations: Indoor
Realisation period: 09.2024

Realisation budget

30,000 €

Location

Reno
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

May 31, 2024

Information

Public Safety Center - Community Engagement Room

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing
Competition stages: 2
Service fee: 1,000 €
Possible locations: Indoor
Realisation period: 09.2024

Realisation budget

25,000 €

Location

Reno
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

May 31, 2024

Information

Aliveness Project - Indoor Murals at The Aliveness Project

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing
Competition stages: 1
Service fee: -
Possible locations: Indoor
Realisation period: 09.2024

Realisation budget

12,000 $

Location

Minneapolis
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Minnesota (US)

Deadline

May 31, 2024

Information

Ravenswood - Viaduct Mural Project

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing
Competition stages: 2
Service fee: 1,000 $
Possible locations: Outdoor Mural
Realisation period: 09.2024

Realisation budget

40,000 $

Location

Chicago
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Illinois (US)
For Chicago-based artists

Deadline

June 3, 2024

Information

Art In Architecture - San Luis | Land Port of Entry

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Installation / Sculpture / Ceramics
Competition stages: 2
Service fee: -
Possible locations: Outdoor
Realisation period: unknown

Realisation budget

1,300,000 $

Location

San Luis
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

June 6, 2024

Information

Large Scale Public Art

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Photography / Graphic / Installation / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics
Competition stages: 1
Service fee: -
Possible locations: Indoor / Outdoor
Realisation period: Spring 2025

Realisation budget

50,000 $

Location

Green Bay
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

June 7, 2024

Information

Bellingham Pedestrians Downtown Project

Genre: Public Art Project
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Installation / Sculpture / Ceramics
Competition stages: 1
Service fee: -
Possible locations: Outdoor
Realisation period: Until First Quarter 2025

Realisation budget

350,000 $

Location

Bellingham
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Public Art Projects: Bridging communities and cultures

Public art projects – sometimes also called "Percent for Art" – can encompass a wide variety of artistic forms, including sculptures, murals, installations, digital and video art, and even community-led or participatory artworks. They can be temporary or permanent, standing alone or integrated into the urban infrastructure. These projects serve a variety of purposes, such as being used as landmarks, initiating dialogue, or enriching public spaces.

Indeed, the realization of public art projects can be challenging for artists, requiring not only their artistic talent and creativity but also their organizational and project management skills. Public art projects also provide an expansive platform for artists. They are a great opportunity to advance one's career, foster creative growth, and make a lasting impact on communities, thereby increasing the artist's visibility and influence.

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FAQs: Public Art

Continue reading to learn more about answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning public art projects.

What is public art?

Public art is art created in public spaces for everyone's enjoyment. It comes in many forms, including sculpture, murals, installations, and video art. Public art enriches the environment, and often reflects the unique history and culture of a place. It involves collaboration between artists, communities, and various commissioners, seamlessly integrating art into our daily lives and fostering a sense of shared cultural identity.

Who commissions public art projects?

Public art projects are typically commissioned by a variety of entities. These may include local or national government agencies, public art agencies, cultural organizations, community groups, or even private businesses and developers. Sometimes public art is funded through "Percent for Art" programs, where a percentage of a city's budget for new development is set aside specifically for public art. Each commissioning process may vary, depending on the specific goals, resources, and regulations of the commissioning entity.

What is the goal of public art projects?

The goal of public art projects is to integrate art into public spaces to enrich their aesthetic and cultural value, and to support artists and community engagement.

What are examples of public art?

Public art takes many forms and can be found in many places around the world. Here are some examples (in no precise order):
  • Sculptures: Monumental Spider "Maman" by Louise Bourgeois
  • Murals: "We the Youth" by Keith Haring, in Philadelphia, USA
  • Statues: "The Statue of Liberty" by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi in New York, USA
  • Video art: "Datascape" by Ryoji Ikeda in Sydney, AU
  • Installations: "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris, FR
  • Land art: Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA

How do I get commissioned for public art projects?

To be commissioned for a public art project, artists should actively seek public art opportunities. Open calls for public art projects often have specific eligibility criteria, including factors such as the applicant’s art discipline, nationality, residence location, and career stage.

Our website features a carefully chosen list of high quality public art opportunities for a range of different artist profiles. You may want to use our search filters to simplify your search and focus only on those open calls that align with your profile.

How do I apply for public art projects?

Most open calls for public art projects require artists to submit a comprehensive application, including a project description, budget plan, project timeline, project simulations, portfolio, and resume.

Do you need help in this matter? Check our online courses that will teach you all the different aspects you need to be aware of in order to build a successful application.