Events

Public Art Events in Arlington County

Join us for project dedications, artist talks, tours, exhibitions and more.

Upcoming Events

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Arlington Public Art with special programs highlighting the County's acclaimed collection. All events are free and open to the public.

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DARK STAR PARK DAY

Friday, August 1, 2014
9:00 – 9:35 a.m., shadow alignment at 9:32 a.m.
1655 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA

Free

Join us for a celebratory proclamation at the artwork that launched Arlington Public Art. See the shadow alignment that happens once a year, marking the day in 1860 when William Ross acquired the land that would become Rosslyn.

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REPRISE: 30/40 EXHIBITION PANEL DISCUSSION

Arlington Arts Center (AAC), 3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Free
See www.arlingtonartscenter.org for date and time

In recognition of our 30th and 40th anniversaries, respectively, Arlington Public Art and Arlington Arts Center will host curators who have shaped Arlington’s contemporary art scene for a conversation examining the ways art can address important social issues.

For more about the talk and accompanying exhibition see www.arlingtonartscenter.org.
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PUBLIC ART BUS TOUR: PART I
Saturday, September 20, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA (meet outside the building)
Free, Registration Required

Visit a selection of Arlington’s public art collection along the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. Public Art staff and artists from the collection will narrate. Immediately followed by a talk by Nuria Rodríguez, curator of Artisphere’s Think with Your Hands exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

For more about the talk and accompanying exhibition see www.artisphere.com.
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PUBLIC ART BUS TOUR: PART II
Saturday, October 18, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Arlington Arts Center (AAC), 3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA (meet outside the building)
Free, Registration Required

Visit a selection of Arlington’s public art collection along the Route 1 corridor, Shirlington, Columbia Pike and Virginia Square. Public Art staff and artists from the collection will narrate. Immediately followed by the opening of AAC’s Fall SOLOS from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 

Past Events

Walter Hood: Spotlight on Design
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Walter Hood's Work

Walter Hood, ASLA, is out to prove the benefits of good design and high quality public art. The Berkeley, California-based landscape architect and public artist discusses his work, which includes Splashpad Park, the de Young Museum, and Lafayette Square Park. Starting this fall, Hood will work to enhance a new town square for the Nauck neighborhood near Shirlington in Arlington County, Virginia.

To learn more, watch the video of the artist's talk at the National Building Museum.


Meet and Greet with Artist Donald Lipski
Monday, June 24, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lost Dog Café, 2920 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA

Lipski at work

Donald Lipski was recently selected to create a work of public art for Arlington's Western Gateway, near Columbia Pike and South Jefferson Street. The project will mark the entrance to Arlington from Fairfax and is being commissioned in conjunction with Arlington's Multimodal Street Improvement Project. Come meet Donald, learn about his work and the Western Gateway project and help him get to know Arlington as he begins to develop a concept for the artwork.

Extended Happy Hour specials will be available. Contact Aliza Schiff at aschiff@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-3771 for more information.


"the still point" a new performance by J.J. McCracken
June 7-8, 2013 in Dark Star Park in Rosslyn
1655 N. Ft. Myer Drive, Arlington, VA

June 7-8, 2013 in Dark Star Park in Rosslyn1655 N. Ft. Myer Drive, Arlington, VA

"the still point"

J.J. McCracken will perform "the still point,” beginning at 5 pm on Friday, June 7 and running through 5 pm on Saturday, June 8 as part of the SUPERNOVA performance art festival. Borrowing its title from the text of the first of T.S. Eliot's 4 Quartets, this 24-hour endurance performance draws on what the artist has learned while studying Nancy Holt's design for the park. McCracken reads Dark Star Park as an observatory, built to reflect on human perception of both terrestrial and celestial landscapes, the passage of time, and the act of observation itself. Her performance uses the park as a platform for cycles of activity that mark the movement of time while highlighting the act of observation. She attempts to locate rhythm in a continuum that includes movement through the body, the park, the city, and the larger universe.

The SUPERNOVATM Performance Art Festival is a Rosslyn Arts Project presented by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) and produced by The Pink Line Project. More information about the artist at www.jjmccracken.com.


Connections by Barbara Bernstein:
Public Art for the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway
On view through March 24, 2013
Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

This exhibition explores the collaborative process of designing and producing public art and shows some of the steps required to bring a work of public art to fruition. Learn more about the vibrant artwork Barbara Bernstein has created for seven new bus shelters that will be built for the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway next year. More about the AAC, the exhibition, and the December 1st opening reception at: www.arlingtonartscenter.org.


PUBLIC ART & PLACEMAKING:
Gallery Talk with Angela Adams, Anne Delaney, Liesel Fenner and Mary Konsoulis
February 25, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Kibel Gallery, University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
College Park, MD

February 25, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. Kibel Gallery, University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & PreservationCollege Park, MD

What role can public art play in the creation of meaningful public spaces? How might developers, architects, planners, public artists and community members work together? What impact do public art master plans have on development? Using the exhibition “Reston: The Art of Community” and Arlington County’s public art program as a springboard, this roundtable discussion brings together public art administrators and curators.

This talk is part of Agency, Intervention and the Public Realm - a series of programs and exhibitions by UMD’s Kibel & Linear Galleries and School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. For more information see: http://www.arch.umd.edu/resources/gallery/


Guerilla Stitch Brigade
October 17, 2012 – February 27, 2013
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Artisphere Town Hall
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

Guerrilla Stitch Brigade

Join the Guerilla Stitch Brigade!

Join us for any or all of the free Wednesday evening stitch sessions to help create a temporary public art yarn bomb project that will bring color and art to Rosslyn! We’ll help you get started with materials, instruction and inspiration. Meet other knitters and crocheters while sharing your creativity for a top secret, guerilla-style, collaborative installation early next year! Experienced stitchers are welcome to bring their own needles and hooks.

Have extra knitting needles, crochet hooks and/or yarn? We are accepting donations.

Questions? Donations? Contact Jennifer Lindsay, Project Manager at artisphereknitting@gmail.com.

More information on Artisphere’s website.

This project is a partnership between Artisphere, Rosslyn Business Improvement District, Arlington Public Art and Arlington Public Libraries.