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Course Number: 93-809

Public Art

Units: 6

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