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Public Art in Alexandria

Public art is permanent or temporary works of art that have been planned in collaboration with the community and executed by artists with the specific intention of existing in the public realm, accessible to all.

The City of Alexandria uses the Public Art Archive to catalog and share its collection.  Created by the Western States Arts Federation (WeStAF), the Public Art Archive is a free, searchable, and cross referenced online platform that catalogs public art collections from all over the country.  The database includes all of the information related to a work of public art including images, video, and mapping.

To view the City of Alexandria's collection click here.

Simpson Park Public Art

The City of Alexandria, Virginia invites artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications (RFQ) to be considered for a position on an interdisciplinary project team charged with providing landscape architectural design services for a portion of Simpson Park.  In collaboration with the project team, the artist will oversee the design, fabrication and installation of public art that aligns with the project team’s overall conceptual design and layout for the park renovation. 

Project Overview:  The Selected Artist/Artist Team (Artist) will join an interdisciplinary project team (Design Team) that is contracted to provide the landscape architectural design services for the Simpson Park Playground and Passive Space Renovation. Members of the Design Team will be chosen through a separate Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The Artist and the Design Team will work closely together to form a cohesive public art proposal that aligns with the Design Team’s overall renovation design and layout of the site. The Artist will work with the Design Team to integrate public art into the Design Team’s drawings and presentations. In collaboration with the Design Team, the Artist will attend public meetings and present a minimum of three (3) concept designs and, based on public comment, refinements to a chosen design. After a final concept design is approved, the Artist will oversee the fabrication and installation of the public art.

To learn more about the project and how to apply, click here.

For more information please contact Matthew Harwood at or 703.746.5432

Traffic Control Box Wraps

The City of Alexandria's Public Art Program invited artists and artist teams residing and working in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee to submit their qualifications for the Traffic Control Box Vinyl Wrap Public Art Project.

Project Overview:  Two artists and one artist team were selected to design wraps for 12 traffic control boxes located at intersections along Duke Street in Alexandria.  The wraps cover all four sides and the top of each box.  Traffic Control Box Map

To learn more about the project and the artists who participated, click here.

The unveiling of the traffic control box wraps coincided with Public Works Week which began on Sunday, May 17, 2015.  

Public Art Implementation Plan & Public Art Policy

In 2012, the Alexandria City Council adopted a policy to grow the City's public art into an inspired and engaging program that reflects the City's unique history, people, cultural identity, and future aspirations. To support this growth, the City has commissioned the development of a Public Art Implementation Plan which was approved by City Council in December, 2014.

The Public Art Implementation Plan is a comprehensive, community-based plan that outlines a vision, goals and objectives for the public art program in Alexandria. The Plan sets priorities for the goals and funding of projects; provides a framework for the shared financial and professional resources needed; and defines the procedures for decision-making and oversight needed for public art projects to be successful.

To view Public Art Implementation Plan & Policy, click here.

Public Art Condition Assessment

The Office of the Arts hired Conservation Solutions to evaluate 18 city-owned works of art.  The works of art include sculptures, murals, plaques, fountains, gardens/landscapes, community art projects, and other objects, including historic works. 

The evaluation was conducted between May 23 and June 11, 2013.  All works were assessed from ground level without additional access (scaffolding, man-lift, etc.).   The report was received in August, 2013 and shared with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Public Art Committee.

The report outlines the current condition of each work and includes photos documenting the condition, a condition description, condition determination (excellent, good, fair, poor, deteriorated), treatment recommendations, and the overall priority for treatment within the collection (low, medium, high) for each artwork.

The Office of the Arts will use the conservation assessment to develop a multi-year public art maintenance plan and budget.  Updates and/or changes to the maintenance plan will be shared with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Public Art Committee.

To view the report, click here.

Public Art Annual Workplan FY16 - FY18

Alexandria's Public Art Program has begun work the Annual Public Art Work Plan and has established a 6-member Task Force that will work with staff throughout the summer to help develop the plan.

The work plan will outline projects that the City’s Public Art Program will initiate this year, indicating where the projects will be located and what the proposed project budgets will be. The work plan will also look two years into the future, and preliminarily identify what projects might be considered.

Alexandria residents are encouraged to participate in the development of the work plan by attending Task Force meetings or sending comments by email to Diane Ruggiero at

The Task Force will be meeting on July 22, August 19 and September 9. All meetings will occur at 7 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.

The Commission for the Arts will review the proposed work plan at its regular meeting on September 22 at 7 p.m. at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.

To view the presentation from Meeting 1 of 3 on July 22, click here.