Public Art Fund

2005 Honoree - Public Art Network Award


The Public Art Fund is New York's leading presenter of artists' projects, new commissions, and exhibitions in public spaces. For over 25 years the Public Art Fund has been committed to working with emerging and established artists to produce innovative exhibitions of contemporary art for neighborhoods throughout New York City. By bringing artworks outside the traditional context of museums and galleries, the Public Art Fund provides increased access to the art of our time—dismantling barriers to the accessibility of contemporary art—and provides artists with a unique opportunity to expand their artistic practice. Public Art Fund's ongoing program encompass three categories: (1) Major Initiatives with Established Artists; (2) In the Public Realm, a program to realize projects by emerging New York artists; and (3) additional outreach efforts, including the publication series Public Art Fund Talks and Public Art Fund's newsletter, InProcess. Doris C. Freedman created the Public Art Fund in 1977, consolidating two organizations: City Walls and Public Arts Council. Today, the Public Art Fund continues to bring artists' ideas to the forefront while establishing contemporary art as a vital component of New York City's unique urban landscape.