Interested in Public Art?-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 15, 2010

Interested in Public Art?

Consider 93.809 Public Art Mini4

The Master of Arts Management (MAM) Program is offering a course on Public Art during Mini4 (March/April) that might be of interest to Design and Architecture students, especially those working in the area of "civic design."  Do not fear that the course will favor only the management perspective!

93.809 Public Art
Section A4 (mini4)
Wednesdays 5.30p to 8.20p
1511 Hamburg Hall

This course will examine the varied ways artists are engaged in the built and social environment to create work in the public realm. Students who take this course will develop a conceptual framework for what public art is, how different types of public art projects are produced, and gain practical experience with techniques used in public art administration.  The course will begin with an overview of historic and contemporary public art in the United States, including trips to sites in Pittsburgh. Topics to be covered include individual roles in
the public art process, artist selection, design review, public art collection management, educational programming, and public art planning. Readings, mock panels and reviews, and site visits will be used to give
students a full picture of the field of public art.

Renee Piechocki is an artist and public art consultant. She is the director of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art, a partnership of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Department of City Planning which provides technical assistance and educational programs to the public and private sectors in Pittsburgh. Previous positions include Facilitator of Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network (2000-2004); the studio manager for Vito Acconci and Acconci Studio (1998-2000); and a public art project manager for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (1994-1998). Select consulting projects include the development of a public art strategy for Lancaster, PA (2008); serving on the public art development committee for the new Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport (2003); and the development of a Public Artist in Residence Program for Cary Visual Arts in Cary, NC (2003).