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Research Guide: Public Art



Finding Images

Use the following resources to find images on the Web

  • ARTstor  - ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. For WSU student and faculty use only.
  • Google Image Search - Use this popular search engine to find publicly available Web images on any subject.
  • Corbis -  Large collection of popular/commercial photographic images. 
  • Artcyclopedia - online directory of museum art on the Web.  More traditional, may be less useful. Retrieve a list of links to photographs of artists works at museums worldwide - Search by:
    • Medium (e.g. sculptors)
    • Name, alphabetically

Web Resources

Here are some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other links, so explore! Use the Yahoo and Google directories to find appropriate catagories for selected lists of sites on artists, museums, art mediums, styles, periods, etc.

Public Art Sites

  • Americans for the Arts: Public Art Network - Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the expanding field of public art. More than 300 public art programs exist in the United States at both the state and local level. PAN connects the field by stimulating dialogue, discussing critical issues, and providing information through the website and the PAN listserv.
  • The - lists major modern and contemporary visual artists.Provides for each artist  a portrait, brief biography, links to articles, essays and interviews; original art, limited edition artprints, photography and posters, multimedia and artist's books. Artists are listed alphabetically and by discipline
  • Art Resources Network: Public Art Websites - excellent site from the City of Seattle
  • Art Public Web Guide - links to web sites on public art around the world
  • City Of Seattle: Office of Arts and Culture: Public Art - One percent of City capital improvement project funds are set aside for the public art commissions.
  • Google Directory: Public Art - long list of public art links and related categories
  • International Directory of Sculpture Parks - not comprehensive, but many good and interesting links to world wide pieces of public art
  • Public Art on the Net
  • Public Art Resource Links - Frome Phoenix, links to public art offices in every state. Also links to national organizations, and programs outside the US
  • Public Art Research Archive - Don't miss the long list of Web Links. Excellent site subdivided by articles, discussions, artists, locations, temporary pieces, web based pieces, awards, etc.
  • Public Art Fund - A non-profit arts organization that presents the work of contemporary artists in New York's public spaces.
  • Public Art in LA - This site documents public art works, sculptural works, mosaics, and murals, in the downtown area.
  • Sculpture: International Sculpture Center - The International Sculpture Center (ISC) considers itself THE source of information on contemporary sculpture. This site contains selected articles and archived table of contents of Sculpture Magazine back to 1996/7. One of their major projects is the expansion of ISC's Sculpture Parks and Gardens Directory.
  • Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)- a nonprofit arts organization based in Venice, California, that organizes art projects city-wide and is committed to socially responsible art. Notes that the organization focuses on youth involvement. Highlights exhibitions hosted by SPARC.


Call for Proposals

  • Google - search using the following terms in Google:
    • public art call for proposals
    • call for public art
    • call to artists
    • rfp public art
    • public art proposals
    • percent for art
  • National Public Art Opportunities - excellent list of links from Phoenix
  • Public Art Call for Proposals
  • Utah Arts Council - Public Art Opportunities - see national public art opportunities listed from this page
  •  - subscription source for income and exhibition opportunities, $14.00 for 30 day trial subscription. Includes art in public places rfp's
  • Don't to forget to check the back of Sculpture magazine (latest issue, main level, south side NB1.S437 )


General Visual Arts Sites



Selected Museum Sites


Finding Articles

Article Databases

To find articles on your topic you need to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.

  • Art Full Text - Abstracts from 1994, full text from 1997 covering: Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, and Video.  For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.
  • Use the print Art Index to find articles published from 1929 to 1994 -Reference,1st Floor North, Call number N1.A7846
  • EbscoHost Education Databases - Use this database to search several education databases at one time. For articles and other types of information on arts education issues. Articles and citations from hundreds of educational journals and related documents. Selected full-text. 
  • Arts & Humanities Search - Citations from many of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. 1980 - present, updates weekly. 
  • Academic Search Premier - Provides some full text articles in over a thousand magazines and journals  
  • Academic Universe (Lexis/Nexis)  - Full-text coverage of many newspapers from across the US and around the world.

Browsing Current Periodicals


Current magazines and journals can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, in the "N" section on the Main level. Bound volumes of older issues are found upstairs in the periodicals stacks.  Selected titles include:

Art in America  N1.A7851
ArtForum  N1.A786 
Art News  N1.A785
Public Art Review N1.P82
Sculpture Magazine NB1.S437

Online Journals

  • - Public art online newletter, publishes regularly a newsletter addressed to the professionals in the field of art, architecture and urban design.
  • Sculpture Magazine - some full text articles available in archives
  • Remember to use article  databases to find many full text articles online

Finding Books 


List of Books on Public Art in Stewart Library

Using Catalogs


Use the WSU Stewart Library catalog to find location and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Use World Cat for listings of exhibition catalogs, books and media in many other library catalogs. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.

  • Books on the visual arts are generally located within the call number N in the Reference and General Collections on level two. A few public art books can be found in N8845 call number area. Books on sculpture are in the NB call number area.
  • Books on metal working, carving and the technology relating to art are located in the T's in the Reference and General Collections on level two. Information relating to public art may also be found in information on historic preservation or community planning and development


Subject Searching in Catalogs and Databases

Using keywords of your choosing or Library of Congress Subject Headings, it may be helpful to search by:

  • artist's name: Mary Miss, Kristin Jones/Andrew Ginzel, Seyed Alavi
  • artistic style: performance, installation etc.
  • time period: contemporary, modern, sculpture -- 20th century
  • artistic medium: sculpture, mural, ceramic sculpture, etc.
  • nationality: earth art, german; video art, Korea, installation, american, etc.
  • movement: earthworks, land art, surrealism , etc.
  • issues: site specific, community development, historic preservation, public space, art in public places, rfp's (requests for proposals), call for proposals

Also note: Exhibition Catalogs are often cataloged by artist, subject, and museum or gallery and Museum Catalogs are usually cataloged by the name of the museum. 


From Bookstores


Order books online from Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble or Yahoo Books Page. Also use Books in Print for book sources and some book reviews as needed.


Interlibrary Loan

If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Research Tips

Updated March 2, 2010 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen or Suzanne Kanatsiz
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