Pittsburgh Art Places is a project of the Office of Public Art (OPA). OPA is the leading agent and advocate for public art in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Founded in 2005, OPA is located at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and works with communities and artists throughout the region by providing public art education, commissions, project management, artist selection, and artist residencies in the public realm. OPA collaborates with individuals and organizations in both the public and private sector.
Pittsburgh Art Places was first developed in 2013 with the support of the Colcom Foundation and Hillman Foundation. Colcom Foundation provided additional support in 2014 to develop content and commission writers to create tours for the site.
Our region needed a comprehensive resource for arts venues and works of art in public places to create more visibility for the arts. Pittsburgh Art Places encourages visitors and residents to visit arts venues and artworks. It also enables artists to find out about how to connect with local venues.
Who can join Pittsburgh Art Places?
Pittsburgh Art Places is open to profiles on works of art in public places in these counties: Allegheny, Armstong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland.
Can venues make their own profiles?
Currently, OPA is planning significant changes to Pittsburgh Art Places. All venue profiles have been temporarily made unavailable until our scheduled changes are made. We ask that new venue profiles not be made at this time. Venues will be notified when their profiles have once again made available. Any new venue profiles made will be made unavailable.
Can artists join?
No. But, they can join the Pittsburgh Artist Registry. This website is a place for artists to create profiles about their work. It is where arts professionals and visitors can find all local artists in one place, rather than seeking each out individually. As an artist, you can create a free, searchable profile of your work. Please visit pittsburghartistregistry.org for more information.
A venue that I really like is not listed on Pittsburgh Art Places. Can I create a profile for that venue?
We are glad you love a particular venue, but we kindly ask that you do not create profiles for venues that you are not directly involved with. Venue owners, employees, and board members can create the profile for their venue. However, please see our answer above about the creation of new venue profiles.
OPA reserves the right to remove any profile that appears to not be created by an owner or authorized employee or board members, as well as to remove duplicated venue profiles.
How do I list a work of art in a public place?
OPA staff creates and maintains the public artwork profiles. If you have a favorite work you'd like to see added, please contact us. We will research the artwork and add available information.
Is it really free?
Yes.This project is generously funded by the Colcom Foundation and the Hillman Foundation.