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The Association for Public Art and the Parkway Council are thrilled to announce our finalists for the Art on the Parkway juried competition. Proposals from Rachel Hsu; Bumjin Kim and Team (Anna Lim, Nicholas Houser, and Daniel Ortega); and Sarah Peoples have been selected as the leading contenders for a temporary public art installation in Philadelphia’s Maja Park as part of the annual Oval summer festival.

Join us for this special members-only program to gain a deeper understanding of the techniques, materials, and challenges involved in the conservation of outdoor sculpture across a variety of mediums. Coffee and water will be served, and the nearby Capriccio Café and Bar offers additional snacks and refreshments.

Known for her mesmerizing installations that blend sculpture, light, and space, Soo Sunny Park recently spoke with the Association for Public Art about her artistic inspirations, fascination with light, public art practices, and insights from teaching at Dartmouth College.

Open Call for Art on the Parkway, co-organized by the Association for Public Art (aPA) and the Parkway Council, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR), invites artists, designers, and other creatives to propose a temporary public art installation in Maja Park on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway as part of the annual summer Oval festival. Proposals are asked to explore the ways in which art can help create and define a sense of place.

Site visit and information session on April 9, 2024 from 5:30pm-6:30pm at Maja Park. For more information and to register, click here.

The Association for Public Art in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has engaged artist Xenobia Bailey to create a singular emblematic image, The Radical Black Elite, that will be displayed on street pole banners on Locust Street outside of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Marking Bailey’s first public art installation in Philadelphia, these commemorative banners will be on view throughout spring and fall 2024.

This self-guided tour highlights notable examples of public art in Philadelphia by women artists, emphasizing the contributions women have made and will make to the public art field as a whole. This exploration is part of (re)FOCUS, a citywide exhibition in 2024 that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original FOCUS festival (Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts/1974) at Moore College of Art and Design.

Gain exclusive insights from Susan Myers, Assistant Curator and Project Manager at aPA, as she shares the fascinating lives and contributions of remarkable women such as Hélène Sardeau, Gwen Lux, Anna Coleman Ladd, and Margaret Brassler Kane.