Chicago Public Art Program
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Candida Alvarez, Howlings - Soft Paintings, 2017-2019, Latex in on PVC mesh, 200 ft wide, spread over 4 panels x 14-17 ft tall, Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, Chicago IL.
The Chicago Public Art Collection includes more than 500 works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries, and CTA stations. As part of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Public Art Program administers the Chicago Public Art Collection and implements the City’s Percent for Art Ordinance. The Collection provides the citizens of Chicago with an improved public environment and enhances city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists.
Chicago Public Art Collection Highlights
For information on the Public Art Percent-for-Art Ordinance, Chicago Public Art Guide, Policies & Procedures and the Percent-for-Art Fund Financial Statements, visit our Publications & Reports page.
Chicago Artist Email Registry
The Chicago Public Art Program maintains a Chicago Artist Registry, which serves as a reference catalog of work by local artists. It is a resource for Percent-for-Art projects and is open to all artists.
Chicago Public Art Prequalified List
The 2023/2024 Chicago Public Art Prequalified List is a juried pool of 58 professional artists, artist teams, and arts nonprofits based in Chicago. The list helps facilitate the selection of artists for public art and other special commission opportunities of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Chicago Public Art Program.
Chicago Public Art Projects
The Chicago Public Art Program implements the City’s Percent-for-Art and manages other publicly-funded permanent and temporary public art throughout the city.
“We Shall Rise” Mother Jones Monument Public Art Commission RFQ
The Chicago Departments of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Water Management (DWM) in partnership with the Mother Jones Heritage Project (MJHP) invite professional artists and artist teams with a demonstrated history of completing major permanent outdoor public art projects to submit their qualifications for a $250,000 commission remembering Mother Jones and her continuing legacy to be placed in Jane Byrne Park at the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan Avenue.