Calls for Artists

Public Art Network Listserv

The Public Art Network listserv encourages dialogue and discussion of critical public art issues and acts as a networking tool and research engine for the field. Recent issues on the listserv include discussions on copyright, best practices in artist selection, insurance for temporary projects, contract information, deaccessioning policies, and examples of public art in public transportation. In addition to postings by members, the listserv features project opportunities.

The listserv is available exclusively to Americans for the Arts members. If you are not a member, and would like more information, please visit the Become a Member page to learn how to join.


City of Las Vegas Arts Commission

In addition to the above resources and organizations, reading articles about public art on-line can provide insight into programs, current issues facing the field, and upcoming calls for artists - which are helpful when developing an application for a Request for Qualifications. Finding articles on public art can be done by setting up Google Alerts or a Yahoo! Alert, which scan the Internet for public art-related articles that are then sent to your email on a regular basis.

Open Letter to Public Art Administrators

Endorsed by over 100 public art artists and supported by the Public Art Network Council, this Open Letter to Public Art Administrators provides recommendations and commentary on developing an effective partnership with artists throughout the public art project process.


Forecast Public Art – Artist Services
Forecast Public Art’s Artist Services team supports artists interested in working in the public realm, including funding opportunities, educational resources, convenings, and individual artist consultations.

International Sculpture Center
A member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.

Public Artist Forum

On-line Readings

Minding your RFP’s and Q’s by Elizabeth Keithline, ARTSblog
Copyrights & Copywrongs: A Quick Overview of Basic Issues by Clark Wiegman, ARTSblog
Creating, Collaborating, Connecting with Art, Activism, and the Internet by Xavier Cortada, ARTSblog
Public Art Creates an Elevated Mood by Helen Lessick, ARTSblog
Guerilla Tactics, Local Authenticity, and Socially Engaged Artists by Letitia Fernandez Ivins, ARTSblog
Artists Evaluating Their Own Public Art by Lajos Heder, ARTSblog
Changing Art, Changing Habits by Bill Mackey, ARTSblog
Why Public Art is Good for All Artists by Cathy Breslaw, ARTSblog
We’ve Got a Hotbed to Harness Here by Letitia Fernandez Ivins, ARTSblog
Tales from the Resident Artist: The Final Chapter by Leo Berk, ARTSblog
Working on a Public Site by Lajos Heder, ARTSblog
Public Art: Reconsidering Site by Cher Knight and Harriet Senie, ARTSblog


The Artist’s Guide to Public Art by Lynn Basa
Artists Reclaim the Commons by Glenn Harper and Twylene Moyer

On-line Learning

Beyond Good Intentions: Public Art Practices for Achieving Civic Engagement & Social Change
Public Art Academy for Artists (Part 1 of 3)
Public Art Academy for Artists (Part 2 of 3)
Public Art Academy for Artists (Part 3 of 3)
Public Art 50/50
Public Art 101 for Artists