Pittsburgh Artist Registry


Resources for Artists

Tips for Creating a Great Pittsburgh Artist Registry Profile
Artist Opportunities
Office of Public Art and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Resources
Public Art Resources
General Arts Resources

Artist Opportunities:

Are you a visual artist seeking to learn about public art opportunities across the United States? Here is a list of reliable opportunity postings.

Artist Opportunities Listserv   
CaFE Call for Entry
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
NYFA Source
Public Art Network Listserv
Public Art Review

Office of Public Art and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Resources:

The Artist Opportunities List is the Office of Public Art’s monthly email listing national calls for public art opportunities; local, regional, and national calls for visual and performing artists; and professional development opportunities.  Click here to view this month's opportunities and to subscribe to this newsletter.

Grants: Each year, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council pursues local foundations, government agencies, and corporations for funds to "re-grant" directly to the arts community. These small awards are designed to provide an infusion of big-picture thinking and career-changing connections.  Click here for more details about available grant opportunities. 

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) provides pro bono assistance to low-income artists and smaller arts organizations for arts-related legal needs. The program is affiliated with the Allegheny County Bar Association through the Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, which oversees a network of local providers of pro bono legal assistance.  Arts organizations with administrative budgets of $250,000 per year or less or individual artists with an adjusted gross income of no more than 250% of the poverty line are eligible. Click here for more details. Click here for more details.

Public Art Resources:


Office of Public Art (OPA): is the entity that created this registry!  We provide technical assistance and educational programs about public art in the greater Pittsburgh region.  For more information, visit www.publicartpittsburgh.org.

Public Art Network (PAN) is a service program of Americans for the Arts that serves public art professionals, artists, and communities seeking to develop public art initiatives. They host the only national, annual conference for public art, develop public art tools and resources, and provide an excellent listserv to their members. Their website is filled with public art information and resources. Click here for more details.

Public Art Dialogue (PAD) was founded on the premise that dialogue is the essential element in all effective public art endeavors. Their membership includes art historians, artists, curators, administrators, educators, architects, landscape architects, and others engaged with the wide arc that public art encompasses. Their goal is to provide platforms for dialogue among public art professionals and students across disciplines. In addition to a peer-review journal about public art, they organize portfolio reviews for their members every year at the College Art Association convention.  Click here for more details.

College Art Association (CAA) includes among its members those who by vocation or avocation are concerned about and/or committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research of and about the visual arts and humanities. Click here for more info.

Ixia is a UK-based research organization that hosts many useful public art studies, surveys, and informational public art tools online.  Click here for more info.

Forecast Public Art Toolkit: This toolkit contains a glossary, case studies, sample documents, resources and a public art gallery.  Click here for more info.

Artist Selection:

The Public Art Network of Americans for the Arts has developed two great resources related to artist selection. They are both available for free on their website.

Call for Artist Resource Guide
Methods of Artist Selection Issue Paper


In addition to the chapter in Public Art By The Book (see above), the Public Art Network of Americans for the Arts has produced an array of sample and annotated public art contracts.

You can download them for free here: http://www.artsusa.org/networks/public_art_network/resources_tools.asp


Public Art By the Book:  Looking for a general overview of how public art projects and programs work? Public Art By The Book is what you have been seeking. Edited by Barbara Goldstein, this 2005 publication contains chapters on master planning, artist contracts, conservation, education, copyright, the Visual Artist’s Rights Act of 1990 (VARA) and more. You can get a copy from the Americans for the Arts bookstore.

Public Art Review: This journal is the only magazine in the United States dedicated to public art. Recent issues have focused on public art and transportation, conservation, and public art education programs. To learn more, visit: www.publicartreview.org

General Arts Resources:

Alliance of Artist Communities is a national and international organization of artist communities. Click here for more info.

The Bayer Center for Non-Profit Management at Robert Morris University offers classes on non-profit related topics such as marketing, grant writing, and business management.  Click here for more details.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) provides resources to prepare artists of all disciplines for emergencies.  Click here for more details.

Fractured Atlas is an organization that provides various software, discounts, and insurance to artists.  Click here for more info.

Future of Music Policy Summit is an annual meeting for musicians that addresses issues related to technology and music policy.  Click here for more details.

NYFA Source is a listing of resources for artists published by the New York  Foundation for the Arts.  Click here for more details.

Re-title is a listing of international opportunities for contemporary artists.  Click here for more details.

Springboard for the Arts is an organization that provides tools for artists of all disciplines to assist in supporting themselves with their craft.  Click here for more details. 

Surtex is a convention for visual artists interesting in learning about licensing their work.  Click here for more details.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is a member group that provides support to the theatre community.   Click here for more details.