April 1, 2013

Reconfiguring Site: 
New Approaches to Public Art and Architecture

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Ivan Toth Depena (Reconfiguring Site alumnus), permanent public art installation for Stephen P. Clark Government Center.

Crossing the boundaries into architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, new media technologies and other arenas, the revitalization of public art has become a global trend, as more sensitivity to the nuance of site is increasingly valued. This intensive workshop will delve into a process that reflects key site-specific aspects and intrinsic elements: scale, history, social meaning and formal aesthetics.

This program presents an innovative model for interdisciplinary approaches to public art, focusing on what happens outside of the studio to bring a piece of public art from concept to completion. Topics will include reading from the plan, writing grant proposals, contracts, funding for self-initiated projects and resources for fabrication. Created for the artist or design professional who wants to learn all aspects of making work in the public realm, this will be an interactive, intensive program, highlighting collaborative initiatives within architecture and landscape architecture and offering a participatory “think tank” immersion experience.

Artists will be in constant dialogue with top professionals in the field: leading artists, architects, landscape architects, curators and critics. There will be daily guest lectures from various public art administrations in New York City. Such groups as the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC Department of Transportation, Public Art Fund, Times Square Alliance and many more will provide access and exposure to key programs in New York City.

Field trips within New York City to visit to public art sites as well as potential sites for projects will be woven into the fabric of the course. A one-day excursion to the nation’s capital will be offered, including a visit to the General Services Administration offices, the country’s largest commissioning agency. The Director the GSA Fine Arts program, Washington DC Bureau, will give a tour of permanent projects in the DC area.

Through the workshops and the guidance of faculty and guest lecturers, participants will be encouraged to develop professional proposals—thoughtful concepts for the site that engage in a process reflecting all its key aspects. Participants will also have the option of creating a temporary installation in the streets of New York with the director of AIOP (Art in Odd Places).

Faculty and lecturers have included Charlotte Cohen, Craig Dykers, Eiko and Koma, Wendy Feuer, Anita Glesta, Kendal Henry, Barry Holden, Meredith Johnson, Anne Pasternak, Lauren Ross, Meryl Taradash, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Nina Yankowitz. 

NOTE: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program.

More information about this residency is available at

For further information or questions regarding SVA’s Summer Residencies contact:

Keren Moscovitch
Assistant Director, Special Programs
Division of Continuing Education
T 212 592 2188
[email protected]





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