Public Art Events in Arlington County

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Upcoming Events

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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 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

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:

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:

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

More information on Artisphere’s website.

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

Penrose Square Phase I Ribbon Cutting
November 8, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
2503 Columbia Pike

Richard Deutsch's sculpture Echo

Come join us to celebrate the opening of Penrose Square Phase I and the dedication of Echo, a two-piece sculpture created by Richard Deutsch for Penrose Square.

Reception to follow sponsored by The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO). Space provided by Penrose Square Apartments and B.M. Smith & Associates, Inc.

RSVP to Read the press release about Penrose Square's completion. More information about Penrose Square at

Where to Start: Site Analysis and Design Thinking for Public Art
Presented as part of Washington Project for the Arts’ Professional Practices workshop series
Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
National Building Museum
401 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Watch a video of the lecture

Ben Fehrmann, Perimeter Enhancement, Dominion Virginia Power Substation
Ben Fehrmann, Perimeter Enhancement
Dominion Virginia Power Substation Clarendon

WPA, in collaboration with Arlington Public Art, presents a free, participatory lecture as part of the 2012-2013 Professional Practices series, for artists and project sponsors (developers, planners, private and public agency administrators) interested in sharpening their skills preparing for public art commissions. St. Louis-based artist and Washington University Sam Fox School of Architecture Professor Ben Fehrmann will be our guest for Where to Start: Site Analysis and Design Thinking for Public Art. Join us in this discussion to learn more about what it takes to begin a public work as we investigate the processes taken and mindsets engaged when diving into the realm of public art.

Dominion Virginia Power Substation Clarendon

Site analysis is a systematic process for inventorying environmental data as it relates to a particular site, an essential first step for urban planning and design. Design thinking is an organized way of approaching a problem by asking the right questions of a client and stakeholders, followed by a process of ideation in order to arrive at a successful solution. Both are taught as foundation studies to architecture students, but few art school or arts management curricula offer these skills, which are essential to planning successful public art projects. This participatory lecture will help artists and project sponsors improve their scoping of and response to public art opportunities.

To attend, please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 19, 2012 to Seating is limited. For more about Ben and additional details on the event, visit You can also read the press release.

Special thanks to the National Building Museum.
AIA and AICP CEU credits will be offered for this workshop.







Site visit and happy hour with artist Vicki Scuri
Monday, October 15, 2012 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Meet at the corner of N. Courthouse Road and N. Fairfax Drive
Happy hour (cash bar) to follow at Ragtime.


Arlington County has commissioned Seattle-based artist Vicki Scuri to collaborate with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on their Arlington Boulevard/Courthouse Road/North 10th Street interchange improvement project. For this project, Vicki has designed public art treatments for two bridge facades and retaining walls, as well as lighting enhancements.

Join us to view the progress made at the Courthouse Road interchange site and to hear Vicki talk about her process, the challenges and successes of collaborating with local, state, and federal entities, and how she got into the business of public art.

After the site visit, we’ll continue the conversation at Ragtime — 1345 N Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA 22201. Please RSVP by Friday October 12.

This event is sponsored through a partnership between Arlington Public Art and Washington Project for the Arts.

Americans for the Arts Webinar:
"Public Art Evaluation: Principles & Methodology for Measuring Social Impact"
Featuring Arlington Public Art Administrator Angela Adams
August 16, 2012

When public art administrators are asked to make the case for their program, it is beneficial for them to look at both the economic and social impact of the artworks within the larger urban, social and cultural context. Is there a reliable framework that can be the basis of good public art evaluation? And what are some simple yet effective evaluation methods that public art programs can implement? These questions and more will be addressed in Americans for the Arts' ongoing work in measuring the impact of public art.

This webinar will be presented by recent PAN and Animating Democracy Blog Salon contributors Dr. Elizabeth Morton, Professor in Practice, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech, Alexandria campus; Angela Adams, Public Art Administrator, Arlington Cultural Affairs, Arlington, VA and Katherine Gressel, artist and Programs Manager at Smack Mellon Gallery (NY); Pam Korza, Co-Director Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts.

To read Angela's recent blog post on evaluation, visit he ARTSBlog.

Dark Star Park Day
August 1, 2012

Dark Star Park Day 2012

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District hosted Dark Star Park Day 2012 in honor of the County's first major piece of public art.

Dark Star Park's large spheres are designed to resemble fallen, extinguished stars. One section of the park contains spheres and poles with shadow-images inset in the ground. Each year on August 1, the day (in 1860) on which William Henry Ross acquired the land that became Rosslyn, the actual shadows of the large spheres and poles align with images of the shadows set into the ground. This happens at exactly 9:32 am each year.

Water Pollution Control Plant Community Engagement Activities
April 2012


Walking Tour Safari

Arlington County hosted a series of activities to create opportunities for the community to meet and interact with Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen, the designers selected to create a unique design enhancement for the fence at the Water Pollution Control Plant.

In April 2012, Remy and Veenhuizen, who are based in the Netherlands, visited Arlington and joined community members and other stakeholders at a Coffee Break meet and greet and a Walking Safari with a trained naturalist to discover the natural environment of the 4 Mile Run area. The designers also participated in a Community Meeting at the Water Pollution Control Plant.

Invitation to "Reston: The Art of Community" Exhibition and Film Premiere
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi's new documentary film about public art in Reston features an interview with Angela Adams, Arlington's Public Art Administrator. Please join our friends at IPAR (Initiative for Public Art Reston) and their partners for the launch of this film, a panel discussion and the opening reception for "Reston: the Art of Community" - an exhibition about the history of public art in Reston.

Film Premiere and Panel Discussion
4:00 pm
Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Reston, VA

Exhibition Opening Reception
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Reston Museum
1639 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne
Reston, VA

Questions? Please contact