The UrbanArt Commission has attended the Public Art Network's public art pre-conference pretty much every year in our 9-year existence. The folks at Americans for the Arts, the parent organization of PAN, are doing things a little differently this year and incorporating public art into their main conference. Sounds fun! And it's in Las Vegas!
Other conferences that we've attended have been in Austin, Milwaukee, Washington DC, New York City, and even up the street in Nashville. They usually include lots of case studies of projects that public art geeks like us just eat up. And the public art tours are fun, usually great to see, and sometimes let us know just how well we're doing.
One of the best features is the Year in Review, a juried selection of the best public art of the past year. Some of our projects have been awarded this honor, including the Cooper Young Trestle by Jill Turman, Roof Like a Liquid Flung Over the Plaza (at the Cannon Center) by Vito Acconci and Acconci Studios, Untitled bathroom sculptures by John Salvest, and Explicitus est Liber (at the Central Library, and pictured below) by Brad & Diana Goldberg and Garrison Roots. We can't wait to see what's picked this year!