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Public Art Process Resources    

The Public Art Network is the only service program in the United States that serves public art professionals and communities developing public art programs and projects.  PAN is a program of Americans for the Arts.  Membership in Americans for the Arts includes access to all of their professional networks.  PAN has it’s own listserv, which provides members the ability to post questions, network with colleagues, and keep up to date with current events in the field.  

  • Public Art by the Book, edited by Barbara Goldstein, published by Americans for the Arts and the University of Washington Press, 2005
  • Call for Artist Resource Guide


  • Methods of Artist Selection Issue Paper


  • Public Art: An Essential Component of Creating Communities, Monograph by Jack Becker


  • Public Art in Private Development, Monograph


  • Public Art Review


  • Public Art Practices: A Reference Guide for Developing Public Art Programs and Projects
    This guide outlines public art programs including loan programs, selection practices, model projects, and an article on legal issues surrounding public art contracts. http://www.art-stl.com/assets/pdfs/PublicArtGuide.PDF

Books and Articles March 2004

Journals Annual Publications Videos March 2003

Public Art Master Plans March 2003

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Funding for Individuals and Organizations

Thirty billion dollars in personal and business grants will be awarded this year. There are fourteen hundred federal programs, twenty-four thousand state programs, thirty thousand private foundations, and twenty thousand scholarship programs available offering funding for personal and business use.

Knowing where to begin can be overwhelming, but locating organizations for funding is relatively simple. The book, The Complete Guide to Government Grants offers information and contacts for anyone. For those seeking funds online, www.grants.gov is a Federal government website that allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. For specialized funding, books such as, Funding for Women and Minorities are also available to assist in your research. The Foundation Center, www.fdncenter.org provides a wealth of information for those seeking funds, including helpful tools for searching, answers to commonly asked questions, and links to thousands of private foundations granting funds.

The following organizations offering grant money were located online.
Foundation Center

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Creative Capital Foundation
Funding is available for artists working in experimental approaches in media, visual, and performing arts from $5,000 to $50,000. For more information or for an application call, 1-212-598-9900.

James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation
Offering a $25,000 research grant to support projects or research in the decorative arts field, professional degree or ten years experience required. For more information call, 1-212-691-3229

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
380 West Broadway, New York, New York 10012

National Endowment for the Arts
Awarding up to $40,000 in grants. For information call, 1-202-606-8200

Pollack-Frasner Foundation

World Studio Foundation
For information call, 1-212-807-0024

P.A.N. (Public Art Network)

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Black Rock Arts Foundation
Grants are awarded to artwork which improves the community, in the amounts of $500 to $10,000.
For information call 1-415-626-1248

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists and Communities

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Contracts, Businesses, and Legal Issues

Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network Annotated Model Contract

Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA)

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Fabrication and Conservation

Designing Outdoor Sculpture Today for Tomorrow
A 16 page booklet published by Save Outdoor Sculpture!, a program
of Heritage Preservation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This booklet gives strategies for incorporating plans for conservation and maintaining outdoor artwork in the planning process. The guide identifies elements in the design process of outdoor sculpture that
can result in less costly and more effective programs of care after installation. This planning guide is aimed at those outdoor sculptures intended to endure for at least 20 years. The publication is free to download at the following link: https://www.heritagepreservation.org/PDFS/TodayforTomorrow.pdf

  1. Conservation and Maintenance of Contemporary Public Art, edited by Hafthor Yngvason
  1. American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) exists to support the conservation professionals who preserve our cultural heritage. As the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, the AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.

Mural Painting - Application and TechniquesMural Class
Rex Art

Fresco Techniques and Materials

Paints & Materials

Step-by-Step Faux Techniques
www.profaux.com (click on techniques on menu)

Turn Clip art Into a Wall Mural

Techniques for Painting a Wall Sized Mural in Your Home

Making Your Murals Last: Graffiti, Varnish and Wall Chemistry


Parachute Cloth:
QST Industries, Inc.
231 S. Jefferson Street
Chicago, IL 60661-5693
Phone: 312-930-9400
Fax: 312-930-0118

Artex NovaColor: www.novacolorpaint.com
Liquitex: www.liquitex.com/techniques/mural_surface.cfm
Golden Artist Colors, Inc.: www.goldenpaints.com, 1-800-959-6543

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Public Art Program Links

The Sprout Fund

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

Precita Eyes

The San Francisco Artist Collective based in the Mission District

Regional Art and Culture Council

Public Art Fund

Creative Time

Office of Public Art (Pittsburgh)

International Sculpture Center

Mural Arts Program

Americans for the Arts

Fairmont Park Art Association

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Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Library Link

click here to enter the library site

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For more information please contact: Public Art Resource Project Coordinator
Pennsylvania College of Art & Designce@pcad.edu • 717-396-7833 x1022