City issues call for artists for new Downtown are program


Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), has announced a new three-year initiative to bring temporary public art to Market Square.

Selected artists, or teams of artists, are invited to submit artwork to be displayed during the spring season for the next three years. The program will build on Pittsburgh’s reputation as a strong arts community where public art contributes to the city’s quality of life. Applications are available at

“Over the last few years, our city’s urban core has transformed into a 24/7 destination spot where people want to work, live and visit,” Mayor Ravenstahl said. “In addition to new small businesses, thousands of new jobs and new quality housing opportunities, this creative addition of public artwork by our city’s own residents will add to the vibrancy of Market Square.”

Through an open call for applications, artists can submit proposals for existing works of art to be displayed in Market Square, or to submit their qualifications to create new work. Artwork will be temporarily displayed from February through April 2014, 2015 and 2016. All works of art will be judged by a jury team comprised of local stakeholders, arts professionals and city staff.

The artist selection process will be managed by the Office of Public Art, a program of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and established partner of the City of Pittsburgh public art division. Applications are due to the Office of Public Art by 5 p.m., September 20.

“Market Square is a bustling center of activity, entertainment and socializing for the majority of the year,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the PDP. “Our goal with this program is to extend the seasonal life of Market Square through temporary public art during the winter months, supporting the businesses in Downtown and enlivening our streets.”

This public art program is a component of the PDP’s Downtown Activation and Public Art Initiative, which creates a range of programming and installations that enliven Downtown through the use of public art, creative placemaking and entrepreneurship. This program is made possible through generous grants from The Heinz Endowments and a source that wishes to remain anonymous.

For more information, applicants are encouraged to contact Morton Brown, public art manager for the City of Pittsburgh at 412-255-8996 or, or Renee Piechocki at 412-391-2060 x233 or


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