Public Art Program records

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1978–present

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 90 linear feet of binders of material consisting of records relating to the more than 700 artworks owned by the City of Chicago through its Public Art Program. Included are correspondence, artists’ vitae and statements, slides and digital images of the artworks, printed ephemera, sketches and drawings, maquettes, blueprints, contracts, and other documents.

Biographical Historical Note

The City of Chicago Public Art Program commissions and administers more than 700 artworks located in city public buildings and spaces throughout Chicago. The collection includes works that predate the foundation of the Public Art Program in 1978, such as those by Lorado Taft and Edward Kemys, and art created more recently, in many cases commissioned by the City, by such artists as Ellen Lanyon, Barbara Cooper, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, Kerry James Marshall, and Tony Tassett.