The Things They Don't Teach in Art School

I learned about an art world secret today: public art commissions. Hey, create art and get paid for it.  Well it isn't THAT simple.  I'm still not completely sure how the whole process works even after attending a full day of workshops.

I've been writing about taking matters into your own hands by getting your message into your community with art.  Public art is similar, that you get to put your message in the community with the exception of political red tape, more work, and bonus...a paycheck in the end!  Even though it's completely different from the gallery world, I'm going to give it a whirl and see what comes of it.

But a quick question first, Is public art important to you? Why or why not?


  1. I think it's important. Part of what makes Chattanooga an awesome place is tons of public art that the city commissioned. It took the city from run down and lame to colorful and cultured almost overnight. It was really cool to look at pieces around the city and know that they were made locally. Go for it...I hope your art makes it out there for people in your community to enjoy.

  2. good luck angela! if you lived in my community, i'd want your public art everywhere.

  3. Hey thanks! The art administrators at the workshop said that they are fighting to keep public art in communities with all the budget cuts. It is a challenge for them to help people realize the importance of art and defend it. So I wondered what other people thought. Thanks for the insight.



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