In the Public Realm is a program of the Public Art Fund designed to
encourage innovative, experimental public art projects by emerging artists
living and/or working in New York State. Artists selected through the
program will make proposals, develop their work in relation to urban
conditions, and ultimately present their work in the complex arena of public
life in New York City. Artists are encouraged to investigate the physical, social, and
psychological nature of the urban environment throughout the diverse
neighborhoods of New York City. Previous experience of working in public
spaces is not essential for selection in this program.
How it happens
PHASE ONE: February 2004
In February 2004, an Advisory Committee of artists, critics, curators, and
experts in contemporary art will select up to ten artists to develop formal
proposals for a public art project. Artists will be selected on the basis
of materials submitted (see What to Submit).
PHASE TWO: Spring 2004
Ten selected artists will each receive $1,000 to create a formal proposal.
Investigating potential sites and communities in New York City for their
proposed project, artists will develop working drawings, prepare a maquette,
and present an accurate budget.
PHASE THREE: Summer 2004
In the summer of 2004, the selected artists will present their proposals to
the Public Art Fund. The Public Art Fund will choose up to three projects
for realization. Those artists selected to create projects will receive up
to $15,000 towards fabrication and installation, based on the finalized
project budget and an artist fee of $2,500.
PHASE FOUR: Fall 2004 and Spring 2005
In the Public Realm exhibitions
The selected projects will be exhibited the following year, opening in the
fall of 2004 and spring of 2005. Projects may be exhibited for up to one
What to Submit
Artists interested in this program are invited to submit the following
Up to ten 35mm slides of recent and/or current work in a clear plastic slide
sheet. Each slide must be clearly labeled with your name(s), title, date,
media, dimensions, and the TOP indicated. Please include a slide description
sheet with corresponding numbers. Larger format transparencies,
photographs, and drawings will not be considered. Do not submit original
Current resume, including name, address, telephone number, and email
A brief statement of interest (no more than 300 typewritten words). This
should be a brief statement that describes issues and concepts about your
work that the panel may refer to when viewing slides. This statement will be
considered by the Advisory Committee as an indication of the direction your
work might take should you be selected. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT A PROPOSAL.
A self-addressed stamped envelope large enough to return submitted materials
containing the correct amount of postage (stamps only, no postage meter
strips). Submissions without S.A.S.E. will not be returned and pick-ups are
Optional materials may include one VHS videotape or DVD. The Advisory
Committee will review up to three minutes of your film. Clearly mark the
outside of the tape or DVD with your name and title(s) of the work(s).
When to submit
Materials must be received at the Public Art Fund's office by 5:00 p.m. on
Friday, February 13, 2004 (postmarks are not acceptable). Hand deliveries
will be accepted.
Artists will be notified by letter no later than March 12, 2004. Please do
not call before this date.
Please mail application materials to:
Public Art Fund Inc.
In the Public Realm
One East 53rd Street, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10022