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1% for Soul
Weighing the Costs of the Art in Public Places Program
Arts Story  March 7, 1997, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...Men and women sit at round tables and play dominoes and gossip; others mill about, refilling coffee cups, visiting with friends. Several stop and talk to me, wanting to be certain that I understand how the "quilts" which I've come to see were made. The seniors who frequent the facility had been asked to donate old plates to Steve Wiman and Jill Bedgood, the artists who had won the commission to provide art for the center through Austin's Art in Public Places Program (AIPP)..."

Transforming a Neighborhood Near You
Since 1985, Austin's Art in Public Places program has placed more than 100 works in 57 facilities, transforming not only the look of the city but neighborhoods and the lives of people in them.
Arts Story  December 20, 2002, by Sarah Hepola
"...And though Art in Public Places has helped place some of the city's most famous bronze likenesses -- Ralph Helmick's Stevie Ray Vaughan statue on Town Lake, Glenna Goodacre's Philosopher's Rock at the entrance to Barton Springs Pool -- that is only a sliver of what it has contributed to the city. Since the program's inception in 1985, AIPP has placed more than 100 works of art in 57 facilities..."

Culture Flash!
Deadline for the Texas State Auditions, Armadillo artist Danny Garrett gets his own day, proposals for the Mueller public art project are presented, and Ann Adams' 'Big Chiller Blues' gets hot press
Arts Column  July 7, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...Second, through Monday, July 10. Images of the proposals will also be available online at"

Our Murals, Ourselves
Arts Story  September 4, 1998, by Sam Martin
"...By the time the Varsity mural came under attack in 1990, the city had established an Art in Public Places commission (AIPP) to solicit public art for facilities such as libraries, schools, and city parks being built with city funds. (The type of art solicited included murals but wasn't exclusively geared toward them.) In 1991, the AIPP, along with another group called Graffiti Austin, sponsored Duran, Herrera, Carlos Renteria, and Armando Martinez, as well as some area junior high students, to paint seven murals at the Holly Street Power Plant in East Austin..."

Edwards Aquifer: No Limits Yet
News Story  July 19, 1996
"...-- R.B. Welcome to Austin: Say Cheese! All systems are go, surprisingly, for public art at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport when it opens in 1998. Concepts for public art such as "big hair" and cowboy hat engravings on restroom mirrors are planned, despite the fact that Austin's Art in Public Places (AIPP) program caught hell, and was nearly abolished, during its last two attempts to endow major public art for the Convention Center and the new terminal at Robert Mueller Airport...."

Art for Days
Can you handle two weeks' worth of the East Austin Studio Tour?
Arts Story  November 13, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...The city of Austin's Art in Public Places program hosts open studios by AIPP-commissioned artists. At 6pm, Winningham will demonstrate her mosaic technique and discuss her design for AIPP's East Seventh Street Corridor Obelisco project..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  December 27, 2002
"...The article about Austin Art in Public Places ["Transforming a Neighborhood Near You," Dec. 20] states that AIPP's 2% budget increase would pave the way for "more professional development among local artists." Yet, I was disappointed to read that two of the projects mentioned as "coming soon" were actually awarded by AIPP to well-established architectural firms instead of upcoming local artists..."

Culture Flash!
Austin prints bought by a Missouri museum, Cookie Ruiz honored, and the city calls for artists' work
Arts Column  December 21, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...22, with work displayed throughout our seat of local government for a full year. For submission procedures, go to the Art in Public Places website,"

Culture Flash!
The Long Center gets more corporate cash, AMOA wants your Christo and Jeanne-Claude stories, and the city of Austin wants your art for City Hall and the airport
Arts Column  December 23, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...6, 2006. The full prospectus and instructions to apply can be downloaded at"

Arts Bits
Calling all artists for new Art in Public Places projects! Heather Barfield does England with Metamorphosex.
Arts Story  July 2, 2004
"...AIPP is also looking for artwork for the expansion of the South Austin Tennis Center. Artists experienced with durable materials in sculpture, metalsmithing, ceramics, and mosaics are being sought..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  September 20, 2002
"...The city's Art in Public Places program could get a shot in the arm under ordinance changes being proposed by the Arts Commission and AIPP staff. The changes would double the allocation for AIPP from 1% to 2% of the budget of city projects; eliminate the current $200,000 cap for each individual art project; and add street and bridge projects to the list of AIPP-eligible projects..."

The Austin Arts Commission defuses a community controversy by restarting the process of selecting public art for the soon-to-be-expanded George Washington Carver Museum and Library.
Arts Column  February 15, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...The AIPP folks were not insensitive to the complaints. AIPP administrator Martha Peters and her colleagues had made a concerted effort to include African-Americans in every step of the Carver project, and in fact African-Americans constituted six of the seven artists invited to the project's two design charettes and four of the five people on the selection committee for the artwork..."

Cultural Arts Division
Learn from the city how public art happens and how the downturn is affecting local creatives
Arts Story  September 11, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Six hourlong sessions will cover how to create art proposals, community critique in public art, materials and maintenance, art advocacy, and local involvement in programs and possibilities. A special lunch session will feature internationally renowned artist Ned Kahn, who has been commissioned by AIPP to create a work in conjunction with Austin Energy's System Control Center..."

Culture Flash!
Two Austin choreographers take over New York's Ballet Builders, two new pieces of Austin public art get dedicated at once, and Arts on Real blows out four candles on the cake
Arts Column  March 30, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Eastside resident Klinefelter spent a year and a half carving the work, which is now the largest carved granite sculpture in Central Texas. Also at 10am, AIPP will dedicate Souls of the Trees in conjunction with the opening of the renovated Spicewood Springs Branch Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd..."

It's the end of an era for the city of Austin's Art in Public Places Program as Martha Peters, administrator of the program for 11 of its 18 years, departs to direct a public art program in Fort Worth.
Arts Column  July 18, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Au Revoir, Martha: Peters Departs AIPP..."

Naked City
News Story  July 4, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Congress. The AIPP project will be part of the city's larger South Congress urban-design project, for which the city is currently selecting a consultant; the chosen artist is expected to work with the community and can make proposals for lighting, surface materials, street furniture, graphic way-finding, and other streetscape elements..."

Council: What’ll We Do Without Zim?
First 2017 meeting hints new alignments
DAILY News  January 31, 2017, by Michael King
"...Troxclair wanted to know why the expenditure was from the capital budget instead of dinging the Art in Public Places budget (a standard 2% of nearly all city capital construction, underwriting art commissions and installations). Staff responded that the shelter would in fact be a “capital asset” – they might also have pointed out that if architectural design elements became AIPP-by-default, there would soon be no AIPP …..."

Aether Galvanizes the Austin Gallery Scene con Gusto
Venues moving, shows shifting, public works coming like a gang of glory
DAILY Arts  March 1, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...3. That long table we were eating at, with its glazed aluminum surface looking like a tablecloth hanging lacily over the sides? That potential dining platform at Sand Beach Park, with the multi-lamped lightposts surrounding it for illumination when darkness falls? That's an AIPP project, too, a functional sculpture built by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt in 2010..."

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, May 6-13
News Column  May 7, 2010
"...CALL FOR ARTIST The Art in Public Places program wants to commission a work of contemporary art for the Betty Dunkerley Campus at 7201 Levander Loop. Call 974-7801 or see for details...."

Jan. 24-30
News Story  January 25, 2008
"...Second, 974-9314."

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