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Annual Meetings

Each spring, the Association for Public Art holds an Annual Meeting for members and invited guests, bringing together people of diverse experiences to consider a topic of timely civic interest. The meeting includes a brief business session followed by a special presentation.

Speakers have included:

2014

Jody Pinto
Artist
“Public Art, Public Theater”

2013

Rafael Ferrer
Artist
“Nothing…is what it is.”

2012

Jonathan Lippincott
Author
“Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s”

2011

Janet Echelman
Sculptor
“Shaping Public Space”

2010

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
New Media Artist
“Platforms for Participation”

2009

Jill Manton
Director of Public Art, San Francisco Art Commission
Former Chair, Public Art Network Council, Americans for the Arts
“Site-Specific: Excellence in Public Art”

2008

Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
Executive Director, Millennium Park, Inc.
“Millennium Park – Redefining a City through Public Art”

2007

Mark di Suvero
Artist
“Dedication of Iroquois”

2006

James Turrell
Artist
“To Work in the Light”

2005

Bonnie Burnham
Director, World Monuments Fund
“MONUMENTS: Why they matter and how to save them”

2004

Penny Balkin Bach
Executive Director, Fairmount Park Art Association

2003

Siah Armajani
Artist
“Talk”

2002

Alexander S.C. Rower
Director, Calder Foundation
“Alexander Calder and his Family’s Legacy”

2001

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Artists
“The Spirit of the Monument”

2000

Joseph Sax
Attorney and author
“Owning Great Art: Right and Responsibility”

1999

Ellen Dissanayake
Bioanthropologist and author
“Why the Arts Are Necessary”

1998

Lucy Lippard
Author and activist
“On the Beaten Path: Tourism, Public Art, and Place”

1997

Dolores Hayden
Architect, historian, and author
“The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History”

1996

Christo and Jeanne Claude
Artists
“Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin 1971–95, and Works in Progress”

1995

Sandra Percival
Director of the Public Art Development Trust in London
“A View from Europe: Influencing the City Through Public Art”

1994

William Morrish and Catherine Brown
Planners
“The Public Arts: Infrastructure for the New Social Covenant”

1993

Diane Shamash
Former Public Art Manager, Seattle Arts Commission
“Public Art in Seattle: Early Projects and Recent Developments”

1992

Mary Jane Jacob
Independent curator
“A New Public Art for American Cities”

1991

Nancy Rosen
Independent curator and public art advisor
“From Battery Park City to Walt Disney Dream”

1990

Albert Elsen
Art historian and Rodin scholar
“Art in Public Spaces: Daring to Dream”