Annual Meetings

Each spring, the Association for Public Art (aPA) hosts an Annual Meeting. The event is free to members, students, and artists, and open to anyone else who would like to attend for the cost of a membership. The evening includes a special presentation featuring a guest speaker, a report of the annual activities of the aPA, and a reception to follow. Learn how to become a member.

Mark di Suvero speaks at the aPA's annual meeting
Artist Mark di Suvero speaks at aPA’s Annual Meeting and dedication of “Iroquois.” Photo Gregory Benson © 2007 for the Association for Public Art

Past Speakers

2015
Roxy Paine, Artist
“Roxy Paine in conversation with Tom Eccles”

2014
Jody Pinto, Artist
“Public Art, Public Theater”

2013
Rafael Ferrer, Artist
“Nothing…is what it is.”

2012
Jonathan Lippincott, Author
“Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s”

2011
Janet Echelman, Sculptor
“Shaping Public Space”

2010
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, New Media Artist
“Platforms for Participation”

2009
Jill Manton Director of Public Art, San Francisco Art Commission Former Chair, Public Art Network Council, Americans for the Arts
“Site-Specific: Excellence in Public Art”

2008
Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA Executive Director, Millennium Park, Inc.
“Millennium Park – Redefining a City through Public Art”

2007
Mark di Suvero, Artist
“Dedication of Iroquois”

2006
James Turrell, Artist
“To Work in the Light”

2005
Bonnie Burnham, Director, World Monuments Fund
“MONUMENTS: Why they matter and how to save them”

2004
Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Art Association

2003
Siah Armajani, Artist
“Talk”

2002
Alexander S.C. Rower, Director, Calder Foundation
“Alexander Calder and his Family’s Legacy”

2001
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Artists
“The Spirit of the Monument”

2000
Joseph Sax, Attorney and author
“Owning Great Art: Right and Responsibility”

1999
Ellen Dissanayake, Bioanthropologist and author
“Why the Arts Are Necessary”

1998
Lucy Lippard, Author and activist
“On the Beaten Path: Tourism, Public Art, and Place”

1997
Dolores Hayden, Architect, historian, and author
“The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History”

1996
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Artists
“Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin 1971–95, and Works in Progress”

1995
Sandra Percival, Director of the Public Art Development Trust in London
“A View from Europe: Influencing the City Through Public Art”

1994
William Morrish and Catherine Brown, Planners
“The Public Arts: Infrastructure for the New Social Covenant”

1993
Diane Shamash, Former Public Art Manager, Seattle Arts Commission
“Public Art in Seattle: Early Projects and Recent Developments”

1992
Mary Jane Jacob, Independent curator
“A New Public Art for American Cities”

1991
Nancy Rosen, Independent curator and public art advisor
“From Battery Park City to Walt Disney Dream”

1990
Albert Elsen, Art historian and Rodin scholar
“Art in Public Spaces: Daring to Dream”