PAD Introduction

WELCOME to Public Art Dialogue (PAD), an organization devoted to public art. Our membership includes art historians, artists, curators, administrators, architects, landscape architects, and others engaged with the wide arc that public art encompasses. Our goal is to provide platforms for dialogue amongst public art professionals and students across disciplines.

PAD was founded on the premise that dialogue is the essential element in all effective public art endeavors. Right now we are soliciting ideas for topics for the first iteration of our e-journal. As much as possible, these ideas should reflect the diversity of our members and the field at large. Our intention is to produce an issue-based journal inclusive of projects that will make a substantial contribution to the bibliography on public art. Towards that goal, we are asking for ideas for single issues, as well as for potential series. Let us know your thoughts by April 15th so that we may consider them for upcoming issues.

We are excited to present our first official dialogue at CAA this year in Los Angeles. Please be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, February 26th for a panel discussion of Public Art and Pedagogy. We also welcome suggestions for PAD-sponsored panels, various programming (symposia, exhibitions, community projects, etc.), and CAA sessions.

Our goal is to pursue projects that will encourage your creative input for dialogue and documentation such as DeWitt Godfrey's investigation of a college/university public art initiative and Herve Bechy's on-line resource for public art in Europe.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at CAA in L.A.!

Harriet F. Senie
Director of Museum Studies
Professor of Art History
The City College
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
[email protected]

Cher Krause Knight
Assistant Professor of Art History
Emerson College
Department of Visual and Media Arts
120 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116-4624
[email protected]


Winter 2009 | Vol 1, Issue 1
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