When it comes to public art, what is fair use and what is infringement of your copyright? If your artwork is in the public realm, chances are someone has taken photographs of it and used them for their own purposes. It's a double edged sword as artist's work can go viral on social media and add to their desirability and marketability, but when commerce is involved, it can get tricky. The Arts Council of Indianapolis has pulled together this quick tipsheet to help artists navigate this space.
Once you have a few projects under your belt and are ready to take on national and international public art projects, you'll need to know the best repositories of calls for artists. Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art for the Arts Council has listed her go-to sites for Artist Opportunities here.
Are you a studio artist who is interested in making the leap to public art? If so, don't make the jump without conducting some basic background research first. The Arts Council's Director of Public Art, Julia Muney Moore, offers her best go-to resources (both on-line and in print) for general public art information.
Participating in Public Art Registries are a critical part of obtaining commissions, especially in cities with Percent for Art Programs. The Arts Council's Director of Public Art, Julia Muney Moore, has outlined some of the best and "must do" registries around the country.
Fractured Atlas is an artist service organization whose mission is to serve and advocate for artists of all disciplines. The group offers many services for professional artists, but their programs involve:
- Fundraising - fiscal sponsorship program
- Insurance - for people, art, and events
- Space - finding space for creative events
- Web software - free web module to track patrons and ticket sales
The group also has an artist resource site with lots of great info called Fractured U.
Women Arts has created a listing of organizations offering funding to artists in many different categories including by region, by discipline and specifically for women artists.
Americans for the Arts offers a resource page for artists connecting them to:
- professional development
- and more...
Public Art 101
The Public Art Network (PAN) of Americans for the Arts is the number one resource for public art administrators and artists. Visit this page for a crash course in the basics of public art.