We are agents and advocates for public art.

Njaimeh Njie, The Village, part of Homecoming: Hill District, USA, 2016–2019.

Projects & Programs

CURRENT PROGRAM

Environment, Health, and Public Art Initiative

Three artists launch artworks that seek to catalyze change in the Pittsburgh region on the topics of water pollution, air pollution, and lead toxicity in the soil.

CURRENT PROGRAM

Artists Bridging Social Distance in the Public Realm

Artist projects address the evolving Covid-19 crisis by building pathways to rest, companionship and connection within communities most affected by the pandemic.

FEATURED PROJECT

Sibyls Shrine

Created by artist Alisha B. Wormsley, Sibyls Shrine​ is a new artist residency program for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes (Womxn) who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists in Pittsburgh.

We believe art builds community and increases social connection.

Events & Opportunities

FEATURED EVENT

Portfolio Reviews

The Office of Public Art is hosting Artist Portfolio Reviews to give artists the chance to receive feedback on their work from local artists, curators, and arts administrators. The sessions will be held online, via Zoom. Artists can reserve up to TWO 25-minute time slots with the reviewer(s) of their choice.

FEATURED OPPORTUNITY

Sculptural Relief for Sound Barriers on Route 28

The Office of Public Art, working on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), seeks a visual artist or artist team to design a sculptural relief artwork that will be incorporated into concrete sound barrier panels as part of a highway reconstruction project.

FEATURED OPPORTUNITY

Public Art and Communities Call for Artists

The Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies, in collaboration with the Borough of Millvale, Millvale Community Library, and Triboro Ecodistrict, seek four artists or artist teams for the Public Art and Communities (PAC) program. PAC seeks four artists or artist teams to develop temporary works of public art through collaboration with community-based organizational partners.

We work at the convergence of public art and civic design.

Featured Publications

Add Value Add Art

This guide outlines various project types and best practices for artist selection, budgeting, contracts, and more, and is a valuable resource for both public and private entities.

Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Report

In 2015,OPA and Neighborhood Allies launched a new partnership that resulted in the creation of the Temporary Public Art and Placemaking initiative.

Artist Residency Resource Guide

For organizations that would like to develop an artist in the public realm residency, as well as for artists who are interested in initiating their own collaborative projects in the public realm.

Pittsburgh Artists Working in Community

This case study explores how we have used the Aesthetic Perspectives framework to develop and evaluate our Artist Residencies and Civic Engagement Programs.

News

OPA News

March 1, 2021 in News, Press Releases

Office of Public Art and PennDOT Seek Artists or Artist Teams for Highway Project

The Office of Public Art (OPA) released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a visual artist or artist team to design a sculptural relief artwork that will be incorporated into…
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February 27, 2021 in News, Press Releases, Uncategorized

Office of Public Art Announces Spring Programming

The Office of Public Art (OPA) is pleased to announce their calendar of spring events. While in-person programming is still on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OPA continues to…
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News from the Field

February 5, 2021 in News, News from the Field

Sibyls Shrine group photography exhibit at Silver Eye

Sibyls Shrine presents a group photography exhibit at Silver Eye in Pittsburgh. In this article from the Pittsburgh City Paper, Amanda Waltz talks with Sibyls Shrine administrative director Jessica Gaynelle…
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