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.
For Alexandria's collection, click here.
Public Art Plan
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 Plan.
The Public Art Plan Steering Committee is comprised of the 16 members of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the 7 members of the Public Art Committee.
The Public Art Plan will be a comprehensive, community-based plan that outlines a vision, goals and objectives for the public art program in Alexandria. The Plan will set priorities for the goals and funding of projects; provide a framework for the shared financial and professional resources needed; and define the procedures for decision-making and oversight needed for public art projects to be successful.
To view a draft of the final Public Art Plan, click here.
At various Open House events throughout Alexandria, presentation boards were displayed that outlined creative directions, roles and responsibilities, and process. To view the boards, click here.
To make any comments about the Public Art Plan please contact Diane Ruggiero, Deputy Director, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Activities via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 703.746.5590.
To learn more about the public art plan process and the strategies for community engagement, click here.
In November, 2013 local artists and arts professionals are invited to attend a Public Art
Plan Roundtable discussion at the Torpedo Factory. To view the presentation, click here.
In February, 2014 the Public Art Plan Steering Committee reviewed and commented on a presentation from the Consultant Team. To view the annotated presentation, click here.
In March, 2014 community members interested in urban design were invited to attend a Public Art Plan Roundtable discussion at the Durant Center. To view the annotated presentation, click here.
In May, 2014 the Public Art Plan Steering Committee reviewed and commented on a presentation from the Consultant Team. To view the annotated presentation, click here.
In August, 2014 the Public Art Plan Steering Committee reviewed and commented on a presentation from the Consultant Team. To view the presentation, click here.
The Public Art Committee
The Public Art Committee was
established by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts to advise the Commission
regarding the purchase, commission, donation and funding of art.
The Committee consists of up to
thirteen (13) members as follows:
- One Commissioner from the Commission for the Arts with expertise in art;
- Up to four (4) persons who reside or work within the City with expertise in urban planning, landscape architecture and/or architecture;
- Up to four (4) persons who reside or work within the City such as an artist or art professional;
- Up to four (4) persons who reside or work in the City with an interest in art;
- A minimum of three-quarters (75%) of the members of the Committee must be City residents.
Committee members serve three-year
terms and may serve a maximum of two full three-year terms.
Current members of the Public Art
- Amber Gordon, Chair
- Susan Cohen
- Gayle Converse
- Michael Detomo
- Allison Heck
- Betsy Hennigan
- Pat Miller
- Allison Nance
Public Art Policies
There are numerous policies and procedures that guide the aspriations and administration of the city's public art program.
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.