Americans for the Arts honors 37 outstanding public arts projects created in 2013 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program. Public Art Network Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art.
Art on Fond du Lac was installed along twenty blocks of Fond du Lac Avenue in June of 2013 and was deinstalled in April of this year. The lead artists for the project were Reginald Baylor, Robert Byrd, Laci Coppins, Erin Dorbin, George Jones, Annushka Peck, Paul Peck, Joseph R. Reeves, and Chelsea Wait. http://insitemilwaukee.com/?page_id=871
Various funding agencies and artists submitted 345 diverse public art projects representing small and large cities throughout the United States. “The innovative work demonstrated in the Public Art Network Year in Review shows the breadth of talent from artists around the country,” said Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These winning pieces reflect the diversity of public art in our communities, from temporary projects to permanent, and sculpture to performance art. These projects engage new audiences and help build stronger and more vibrant communities.
IN:SITE chair and site manager Pegi Christiansen says, “This project would not have happened without very talented and dedicated Milwaukee artists and all the incredible partners who endorsed and supported Art on Fond du Lac.” In particular, IN:SITE thanks the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation, Johnsons Park Neighborhood Association, and Sherman Park Community Association. Assistance for the project came from across the state and included businesses, neighborhood organizations, government, schools, and individuals.
The 2013 Public Art Network Year in Review curators were Cath Brunner, public art program director, 4Culture in Seattle; Ralph Helmick, award-winning artist based in Newton, Mass., specializing in public sculpture installations; and Janet Zweig, Brooklyn-based artist recognized for public art pieces and performance spaces. Mr. Helmick and Ms. Zweig have had multiple works included in past years of the Public Art Network Year in Review.
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than fifty years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. www.AmericansForTheArts.org