Press Room

Click on a link below to download one of the following press releases. For current aPA news and event information, please visit our News page.

>>Click here for coverage of aPA’s Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO outdoor sculpture audio program.

>>Click here for coverage of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s OPEN AIR (2012) installation for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Press Releases:

6/23/2014Experience another world at The Oval with the unveiling of Magic Carpet by artist Candy Coated

5/12/2014Internationally Acclaimed Artist Roxy Paine’s Sculpture Symbiosis to Rise on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway”

9/18/2013“Association for Public Art Launches Phase 2 of Innovative Multi-Platform Listening Experience Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – Untold histories of 30 additional outdoor sculptures located throughout Fairmount Park and Center City revealed through unique interpretive audio segments

9/17/2013 - “Musicians, Dancers and Public Art Lovers Celebrate the Stories of Philadelphia’s Outdoor Sculptures at Sept. 17 Party at Horticulture Center”

7/1/2013“Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s OPEN AIR and Sol LeWitt’s Lines in Four Directions in Flowers Named Among Top 50 Public Artworks by Americans for the Arts”

5/10/2013“Artist Rafael Ferrer to Speak in Philadelphia”

4/8/2013“Tyler School of Art Recognizes the Association for Public Art’s Executive Director”

2/14/2013“Director of the Association for Public Art Receives National Award – Penny Balkin Bach receives prestigious Public Art Dialogue (PAD) Award

10/25/2012 “Philadelphia’s Open Air inspires Memorial Tributes, Marriage Proposals, Lullabies, Rants and More, Draws Participants from 92 Countries, and Welcomes Thousands of Visitors to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway”

10/12/2012 “‘Planetarium on the Parkway’ a once-in-a-lifetime stargazing opportunity – Open Air artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts collaborate on unique astronomy event on the Ben Franklin Parkway on October 12; Open Air on view through Oct. 14

9/2012“Rahzel Joins Opening Night Celebration for Open AirFree public event on the Parkway, featuring legendary Roots beatboxer and other special guests, Sept. 20, 7:30-11p.m.

8/29/2012 “Technology Meets Public Art in Spectacular Interactive Light Experience – Internationally celebrated artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer presents the world premiere of of Open Air, illuminating the night sky with Philadelphia’s voices, Sept. 20 – Oct. 14

5/8/2012 “FPAA Becomes the Association for Public Art (aPA) and Announces World Premiere of Sky-High Interactive Public Art Experience – Association for Public Art presents Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Open Air, Sept. 20-Oct. 14

3/5/2012 - “Fairmount Park Art Association Launches Site Seeing, a Month-Long Celebration of Public Art in Philadelphia – Throughout April, the nation’s first public art association invites Philadelphians and visitors to rediscover the city’s vast collection of outdoor sculpture

8/30/2011 - “The Fairmount Park Art Association Hosts “Sculpture Saturdays Presented by PNC Art Alive” – Five Saturdays of FREE family-friendly public art programming comes to Kelly Drive this Fall

12/2010 - “A New Landmark: Monument to Labor Installed in Philadelphia – The Labor Monument: Philadelphia’s Tribute to the American Worker by artist John Kindness”

9/2010 - “Unveiling of New Labor Monument in Southwest Philadelphia – Community members and union representatives will unveil The Labor Monument: Philadelphia’s Tribute to the American Worker”

7/21/2010 “The Fairmount Park Art Association Announces ‘Sculpture Saturdays Presented by PNC Arts Alive’ – Six Saturdays of family-friendly public art programming coming to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this Fall

6/2010 - “Fairmount Park Art Association Launches Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO – Untold histories of 35 outdoor sculptures revealed through new, innovative and accessible multi-platorm audio program for Philadelphia’s public art

4/30/2010 - “Groundbreaking for Labor Monument in Southwest Philadelphia – Public art project is the only monument of its kind in the United States

3/2010 “Fairmount Park Art Association Announces Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO Program to Launch in June 2010″

5/2009 - “Dedication of Permanent Public Art Landmark in North Philadelphia – Common Ground for Project H.O.M.E.’s Elizabeth’s Community Center”

6/18/2007“Monumental Sculpture to be Installed Along Parkway / Public Dedication Welcomes Di Suvero Landmark Sculpture”

9/18/2006 “New Public Art Project for Philadelphia’s Manayunk Canal Towpath”

9/6/2005 - “Fairmount Park Art Association Receives Getty Grant

8/9/2004New•Land•Marks Receives Major Award from the William Penn Foundation”

7/15/2004“Two Philadelphia Public Art Projects Among “The Country’s Best”

9/25/2003“New Public Art Project for Northeast Philadelphia Inspired by the ‘Father of the Environmental Movement’”

9/2/2003“Kelly Drive Sculptures Take on a New Glow”

6/9/2003 - “New Public Art Project for Philadelphia’s Latino Community”

5/6/2002 - “Art Association Marks 130th Anniversary Year With Two Significant Awards”

10/31/2000“Art Association Receives AIC/Heritage Preservation Award”

8/2/2000New•Land•Marks Community Exhibition Series Begins”

7/28/2000New•Land•Marks Community Exhibition at the William Way Community Center August 9 – August 21, 2000″

7/14/2000 - New•Land•Marks Community Exhibition at Marian Anderson Recreation Center”

3/13/2000“Art Association Receives NEA and Warhol Grants; Announces New•Land•Marks Plans for 2000 and Beyond”

11/11/1999 - “Fairmount Park Art Association Wins First Place SOS! Achievement Award”

4/14/1999 - New•Land•Marks Symposium”

10/2/1998 - “Public Art Workshop Tackles Legal Issues”

9/19/1997 - New•Land•Marks Goes Public”

4/22/1997 - New•Land•Marks Program Coordinators Announced”

4/22/1997 - New•Land•Marks Program Initiated in Philadelphia”

8/19/1996 - Public Artscapes Program Awarded Major Grant from the William Penn Foundation for Three Year Initiative”

11/1/1993Sleeping Woman Commemorated”

10/1993“Martin Puryear’s Pavilion in the Trees Installed”

10/14/1993“Dedication of Martin Puryear’s Pavilion in the Trees

3/26/1993 “Philadelphia’s Outdoor Sculpture Gets Spring Cleaning”

10/24/1989 - “Sculpture Site Exploration” (Three Way Piece Number 1: Points)

4/11/1984 - “Work Nears Completion on Noguchi’s Bolt of Lightning

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