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Public Art 101

Public Art 101 sessions allow us to provide ongoing support and professional development opportunities to artists who are transitioning their practice from studio work to the realm of public art.

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2017 Session Launch

We are pleased to announce the current session line-up for our Public Art 101 Professional Development Series geared towards artists and community members. Topics are chosen based on the needs and interests expressed by artists. All of the sessions are free but registration is limited.

To pre-register for the sessions, please email publicart@calgary.ca.

Developing a Public Art Project Part 1

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm
Historic Holy Angels School, Gymnasium - 2105 Cliff Street S.W.

In this session, receive expert advice in navigating the logistics planning, budgeting and expectations in public art commissions. This session will feature presentations by Barb Doyle- Frisch and Rowena James from The City of Calgary Public Art and celebrated Calgary-based artist Derek Besant.

Derek Michael Besant art work.
Derek Michael Besant's art work. Photographer: Toni Hafkenscheid

Derek Michael Besant RCA was awarded the Distinguished Alumni of University of Calgary (1999).  Graduating BFA 1973, he is a Professor at ACAD since 1977. He’s received The Grand Prix award for International Drawing Biennial, Hungary (2009); the World Culture Prize for Letters, Arts & Science from The Centre Recherche delle Nazioni, Milan (1984); the Smithsonian American Museum Award, Boston (2005); Lieutenant Governor Art Award (1987); and The Grand Prix from The Associazione Nazionale Graphica, Italy (2015).  Besant's international museum projects are produced with advanced hybrid-media technologies associated with the billboard industry. Unorthodox approaches include collaboration with music composers and writers. Known for his large-scale public art installations, his project I am the River (2010) celebrates the Bow River and a network of rivers that flow Calgary.

Barb Doyle-Frisch is a Project Coordinator for Public Art, and has also worked through the City in Planning and Development and Facilities Management.  Barb holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Calgary.

Rowena James works as a Public Art Project Specialist, has been with the Public Art team for two years, and has been a The City of Calgary for 15 years. Rowena has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and dabbles in a variety of visual art mediums.
      
The Public Art 101 Professional sessions provide ongoing support and professional development opportunities to artists who are transitioning their practice from studio work to the realm of public art. Topics are chosen based on the needs and interests expressed by artists. Sessions are free but registration is required.

To pre-register for the sessions, please email publicart@calgary.ca.

Developing a Public Art Project Part 2

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm
Historic Holy Angels School, Gymnasium - 2105 Cliff Street S.W.

Explore the non-traditional ways in which artists can work in the public realm, such as social practice, community engagement, temporary practices and performance art.