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

Artists in Process: Environment, Health, and Public Art

Join the Office of Public Art (OPA) for a panel-style discussion with three artists making work about Pittsburgh’s environmental health crises.  Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Aaron Henderson, and Mary Tremonte are collaborating with Pittsburgh-area organizations to create works of temporary public art which address several issues of environmental health.

FEATURED EVENT

OPA Live! with Naomi Chambers and Dail Chambers

Naomi Chambers takes over the OPA Instagram account for OPA Live! This session, with Pittsburgh artist Naomi Chambers and St. Louis based artist Dail Chambers, will focus on the topic of Artmaking as a Family Business.

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 17, 2021 in News, Press Releases

Newest Cohort of ABSD Artists is Announced

OPA is pleased to announce that Naomi Chambers, Lena Chen, and Jessica Gaynelle Moss have been selected for the second cohort of the Artists Bridging Social Distance in the Public…
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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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News from the Field

April 12, 2021 in News, News from the Field

Public Source article: Three Pittsburgh artists try to re-open your eyes to Pittsburgh’s pollution problems

Public Source article "Three Pittsburgh artists hope to re-open your eyes to Pittsburgh pollution problems" highlights the work of the three artists and their collaborating organizations involved in the Environment,…
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