Association for Public Art

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Association for Public Art (formerly Fairmount Park Art Association)
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Abbreviation aPA
Formation 1872 [1]
Purpose Commission, preserve, promote and interpret public art in Philadelphia
Headquarters 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Region served City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Executive Director Penny Balkin Bach[2]
Website http://www.associationforpublicart.org/

Established in 1872 in Philadelphia, the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association) is the nation's first private, nonprofit public art organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban planning.[3] The Association for Public Art (aPA) commissions, preserves, promotes and interprets public art in Philadelphia,[4] and it is largely due to the work of the aPA that Philadelphia is said to have more public art than any other American city.[5] The aPA has acquired and commissioned works by many famous sculptors (including Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Alexander Stirling Calder, Daniel Chester French, Frederic Remington, Paul Manship, and Albert Laessle);[6] supported city planning projects; established an outdoor sculpture conservation program; and sponsored numerous publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.[7] The aPA interprets and preserves more than 200 works of art throughout Philadelphia[8] - working closely with the City's Public Art Office, Fairmount Park, and other organizations and agencies responsible for placing and caring for outdoor sculpture in Philadelphia[9] - and maintains an inventory of all of the city's public art.[10]

History[edit]

Hudson Bay Wolves by Edward Kemeys

Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1872, the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) was founded by a group of concerned citizens in the late nineteenth century who wanted to beautify Philadelphia's urban landscape with public art to counter the city's encroaching industrialism. The Association initially focused on enhancing Fairmount Park with outdoor sculpture, but the organization's mission expanded in 1906 to include the rest of the city as a whole: to "promote and foster the beautiful in Philadelphia, in its architecture, improvements, and the city plan."[11] Friends Charles H. Howell and Henry K. Fox conceived of the Fairmount Park Art Association, and the organization's first president was Anthony J. Drexel, founder of Drexel University.[6] The Association's first official venture was purchasing Hudson Bay Wolves Quarreling Over the Carcass of a Deer (1872) by Edward Kemeys,[12] and its first major undertaking was commissioning Alexander Milne Calder for an equestrian statue of Major General George Meade in 1873.[13]

Name Change[edit]

In May 2012, the Fairmount Park Art Association changed its name to the Association for Public Art (aPA). The change was made to more clearly communicate the nature and scope of the organization's work, and to distinguish itself from other local and national public art agencies[14] The organization's first major project under its new name was Open Air (2012), a world-premiere interactive light installation for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.[15]

Public Artworks[edit]

The Spirit of Enterprise (1950-1960) by Jacques Lipchitz
Cowboy (1908) by Frederic Remington

Commissioned works:

Works acquired and owned by the aPA:

Works initiated by the aPA:

Billy (1914) by Albert Laessle

Publications[edit]

  • New Land Marks: public art, community, and the meaning of place, 2001
  • Public Art in Philadelphia, 1992
  • Form and Function: Proposals for Public Art for Philadelphia, 1982
  • Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia’s Treasures in Bronze and Stone, 1974

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Lion Crushing a Serpent (1832) by Antoine Louis Barye

See also[edit]

Atmosphere and Environment XII (1970) by Louise Nevelson
General Ulysses S. Grant (1897) by Daniel Chester French and Edward C. Potter

References[edit]

  1. ^ Webster, Richard (1981). Philadelphia Preserved. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. p. 226. ISBN 0-87722-215-0. 
  2. ^ "Board and Staff". aPA official web site. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  3. ^ "aPA Name Change Press Release". Canary Promotion + Design. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Open Air Press Release". Canary Promotion + Design. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  5. ^ a b http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/10great/story/2011-10-27/10-great-places-to-see-art-enhance-nature/50966144/1
  6. ^ a b White, Theo B. (1975). Fairmount: Philadelphia's Park. Philadelphia, PA: The Art Alliance Press. p. 94. ISBN 0879820152. 
  7. ^ Bach, Penny (2001). New Land Marks: public art, community, and the meaning of place. Washington, DC: Grayson Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 0-9679143-4-5. 
  8. ^ http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/122010/12052010/589034
  9. ^ "MWW Launch Press Release". Canary Promotion + Design. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  10. ^ Institutional Networks Serving Artists
  11. ^ Bach, Penny (2001). New Land Marks: public art, community, and the meaning of place. Washington, DC: Grayson Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 0-9679143-4-5. 
  12. ^ Fairmount Park Art Association (1974). Sculpture of a City. New York, NY: Walker Publishing Co., Inc. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8027-0459-7. 
  13. ^ Fairmount Park Art Association (1974). Sculpture of a City. New York, NY: Walker Publishing Co., Inc. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-8027-0459-7. 
  14. ^ http://associationforpublicart.org/name-change/
  15. ^ http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/the-feed/item/38159-name-change-for-fairmount-park-art-association
  16. ^ http://associationforpublicart.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/The_Oval_Magic_Carpet_Press_Release_6_2014.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.canarypromo.com/roxypaine
  18. ^ "Labor Monument Press Release". Association for Public Art. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  19. ^ "Common Ground Press Release". Association for Public Art. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  20. ^ "Embodying Thoreau Press Release". Association for Public Art. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  21. ^ "I have a story to tell you Press Release". Association for Public Art. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  22. ^ "Manayunk Stoops Press Release". Association for Public Art. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  23. ^ "Pavilion in the Trees Press Release". Association for Public Art. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  24. ^ Bach, Penny (1992). Public Art in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. p. 259. ISBN 0-87722-822-1. 
  25. ^ Bach, Penny (1992). Public Art in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. p. 256. ISBN 0-87722-822-1. 
  26. ^ http://www.fleisher.org/about/kahn-room.php
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  28. ^ Bach, Penny (1992). Public Art in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. p. 229. ISBN 0-87722-822-1. 
  29. ^ George and Penn, Alice L. and Elan (2006). Philadelphia: A Pictorial Celebration. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-4027-2384-1. 
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  32. ^ Bach, Penny (1992). Public Art in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. p. 208. ISBN 0-87722-822-1. 
  33. ^ Bach, Penny (1992). Public Art in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. p. 207. ISBN 0-87722-822-1. 
  34. ^ Bach, Penny (1992). Public Art in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. p. 206. ISBN 0-87722-822-1. 
  35. ^ http://articles.philly.com/2007-01-11/news/25220348_1_sculpture-iroquois-parkway-site
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  37. ^ Bach, Penny (1992). Public Art in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. p. 236. ISBN 0-87722-822-1. 
  38. ^ http://associationforpublicart.org/interactive-art-map/rock-form
  39. ^ http://associationforpublicart.org/interactive-art-map/three-way-piece-number-1-points
  40. ^ "Philadelphia Public Art: Dickens and Little Nell". Philart.net. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  41. ^ http://www.phillymag.com/best-of-philly/symbiosis/
  42. ^ http://www.temple.edu/tyler/news/2013-tyler-tribute-award.html
  43. ^ http://publicartdialogue.org/award
  44. ^ http://aaslh.org/documents/RichmondBanquetProgram4web.pdf
  45. ^ http://www.artsandbusinessphila.org/awards/awardhonorees2011.asp
  46. ^ http://associationforpublicart.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Year_in_Review_2004_Press_Release_7-15-2004.pdf
  47. ^ a b http://associationforpublicart.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/130th_Anniversary_Press_Release_5-6-2002.pdf
  48. ^ http://www.heritagepreservation.org/news/aic_hp.htm
  49. ^ http://associationforpublicart.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/AIC_Heritage_Award_Press_Release_10-31-2000.pdf
  50. ^ http://associationforpublicart.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SOS_Press_Release_11-11-1999.pdf

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