Call For Artists!

Farnum Park will be renovated soon and Lancaster Public Art wants to integrate art into the landscape. The artist will be part of the design team and work to incorporate art into the stormwater management as well as to develop areas for interactive play of the landscape. The artist will work directly with the neighbors surrounding the park to engage them and ensure that their voices are heard throughout the process.
deadline: January 5, 2018 / 4pm EST

For more information and to submit an application, visit:

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Lancaster Public Art manager, Joanna Davis Seedorf by email at or phone (717) 291-4829.

The New Rules of Public Art

1. It doesn’t have to look like public art.
Thee days of bronze heroes and roundabout baubles are
numbered. Public art can take any form or mode of encounter.
Be prepared to be surprised, delighted, even unnerved.

2. It’s not forever.
Artists are shaking up the life expectancy of public artworks.
Places don’t remain still and unchanged, so why should public

3. Don’t make it for a community. Create a community.
Be wary of predefining an audience. As Brian Eno once said,
“sometimes the strongest single importance of a work of art is
the celebration of some kind of temporary community.”

4.Create space for the unplanned.
Commissioning public art is not a simple design-and-build
process. Artworks arrive through a series of accidents, failures
and experiments and open up the potential for unforeseen
things to happen.

5. Withdraw from the cultural arms race.
Towns and cities across the world are locked into a
one-size-fits-all style of public art. In a culture of globalized
brands and clone towns, we hanker after authentic, distinctive
places. If we are place-making, then let’s make unusual places.

6. Demand more than fireworks.
Believe in the quiet, unexpected encounter as much as the
magic of the mass spectacle. It’s often in the silence of a
solitary moment, rather than the exhilaration of whizzes and
bangs, that transformation occurs.

7. Don’t embellish. Interrupt.
We need smart urban design, uplifting street lighting and
landmark buildings, but public art can do so much more than
decorate. Interruptions to our surroundings or everyday
activities can open our eyes to new possibilities.

8. Share ownership freely, but authorship wisely.
Public art is of the people and made with the people, but not
always by the people. Artists are skilled creative thinkers as
well as makers, trust their judgment, follow their lead and
invest in their process.

9. Welcome outsiders.
Outsiders challenge our assumptions about what we believe to
be true of a place. Embrace the opportunity to see through an
outsider’s eyes.

10. Don’t waste time on definitions.
Is it sculpture? Is it visual art? Is it performance? Who cares.
There are more important questions to ask. Does it move you?
Does it shake up your perceptions of the world around you, or
your backyard? Does it make you curious to see more?

11. Suspend your disbelief.
Art gives us the chance to imagine alternative ways of living,
to disappear down rabbit holes, to live for a moment in a
different world. Local specifics might have been the stepping
off point – but public art is not a history lesson. Be prepared
that it might not always tell the truth.

12. Get lost.
Public art is neither a destination nor a way-finder. Artists
encourage us to follow them down unexpected paths as a
work unfolds. Surrender the guidebook, get off the art trail
and step into unfamiliar territory.

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Pepón Osorio will be honored tonight in Lancaster!

We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts is honoring Pepón Osorio at the Governor's Awards for the Arts tonight. He is a a Latinx artist who works in a uniquely emphatic way towards social progress. Our little city has bee pulling out all the stops this past weeks to celebrate the awards being held here. Tickets are free. 7pm at the Marriott Convention Center in Penn Square. FB event page here.

Artist Opportunity

Lancaster Public Art is pleased to announce a new Request for Proposals (RFP.) Lancaster Sound Map (LSM) Artist Stipends are available to individual artists or artist groups to support the creation of new work inspired by the Lancaster Sound Map. The purpose is to support the concept of the LSM as a “growing platform” from which many creative projects may arise.

Two stipends will be awarded and the selected projects will be presented in Lancaster, PA at an appropriate venue, no later than Aug. 31, 2017.

 Download complete project information and application.

Lancaster Public Art will co-host an interactive Info Session about this project on January 23 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Modern Art - 529 West Chestnut, Lancaster, PA. Artists should plan to attend this Open Studio Info Session to learn more about the project, listen to the full Lancaster Sound Map album, brainstorm ideas, ask questions and even begin the application process. RSVP by calling or emailing Heidi Leitzke 717-291-4829 or or via FB Event

Complete Application and Support Materials should be submitted via email to

Application Deadline is February 22, 2017

Questions and Contact:
Heidi Leitzke
Public Art Manager | City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
120 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608-1599
Office: 717-291-4829




Lancaster Sound Map Celebration

A Record Release Party.
A Live Performance.
A Photo Exhibition. 

The Lancaster Sound Map is a multi-faceted Public Art project by artist Stuart Hyatt, exploring the diverse character of Lancaster County. Discover overlapping patterns of rural and urban, past and future. Visiting eight times over the course of a year in a variety of seasons, Hyatt walked through the city and county recording sounds and photographing the people he met. These sounds were incorporated into a set of nine songs. These songs form a record.

Celebrate at two great events! 

Thursday May 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Record Release and Preview Party for Born in the Ear, featuring a one-of-a-kind performance by the artist and the premier of a short film. Unraveled in an epic walk, the album unearths the diverse and layered stories of our city and county, weaving them into nine original music compositions. Reservations requested, please visit web site for more information, or to reserve your seat go to our EventBrite page, here. 

Friday May 6, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Lancaster Sound Map, An Exhibition at the City of Lancaster Visitor Center
On view will be photographs taken as the artist walked through our city and county with an audio field recorder, microphone, and camera. The resulting sounds and images were placed in a simple interactive web-based sound map and gallery, and inspired the creation of the album, Born In the Ear

Listening stations will be set up at both events and the albums will be available for $10 during this weekend only.

Mr. Hyatt is a musician who over the last decade has developed projects that explore community identity through collaborative creative action. His work covers a wide range of media and involves hundreds of unlikely collaborators, yet each project begins with a deep commitment to narrative and place. He is a composer, designer, and public artist who seeks to create memorable, evocative work that follows a rigorous conceptual framework yet presents itself through simple pop and folk aesthetics. 

An Intern in the Gallery

Lancaster’s City Hall building is a lot of things: a beautiful example of our city’s historic architecture. Conveniently located downtown near plenty of places I can buy coffee - home to our awesome city officials. But did you know that City Hall is also home to an art gallery?

When the City Hall Annex was finished in 2014, The City decided to set aside space on the first floor to feature rotating exhibits by local artists. The fact that the Gallery exists at all really shows the City’s commitment to supporting Lancaster’s arts scene. Anyone interested in being featured is welcome to submit a sample of their work and an artist’s statement, and anyone at all interested in art is welcome to come and check out the Gallery. If I were you, I would make a point of doing that soon, because you don’t want to miss the current exhibit “Home,” by long-time Lancaster arts-force Angie Hohenadel.

“Home” is an exhibit of prints and paint-and-ink renderings and reimagining’s of Lancaster. The colors muted, the lines playful, Hohenadel chiefly builds houses and plants into the exhibit’s key motifs. The homes evoke a quiet, domestic life, while the gardens and plants represent growth in its general form, good or bad, organic or unnatural. The cityscapes Hohenadel depicts are completely free of people. We see the containers of human life, but not the humans. In dwelling purely upon these dwelling-spaces, then, the viewer is left with their own meditations, their own memories, nostalgia, and ideas of the future, to make Hohenadel’s houses feel like “Home.”

I, Office of Public Art intern (alas, for only a week longer), was lucky enough to take in the whole City Hall Gallery experience from soup to nuts. That is, from taking down the old exhibit—a really stellar series of photographs taken by Lancaster Country Day students from a class trip to Rome—to arranging, hanging, and eventually hosting the First Friday reception of, Angie’s exhibit. I helped Tracy Beyl, our Public Art Manager to the stars, Angie, and the City carpenter Lee Smith (yes, we have a City carpenter) install “Home” on the first of July.

I’m an American Studies major, reader, and I had never worked in an art gallery before. I had never even considered I would ever work in an art gallery. That’s not out of any opposition to galleries, of course, just more of a polite awareness that I was never really meant for them, perhaps the same way I innately understood to stay away from athletics after I got a concussion in marching band. But from one relative civilian in the art world to another, I’m going to let you in on something about galleries. I am here to tell you that galleries are WORK. You may stroll along a wall of glassy, perfectly-level paintings freely, blissful and arrogant in your ignorance, but I? I will never take those meticulously-spaced frames for granted again. You do not know how much math, measuring, and patience go into each one of those spaces, trust me.

But the mathematics aside, I can’t stress how enjoyable it was to be a part of the City Hall Gallery. Getting to help out with “Home”— meeting Angie and being seriously impressed, informing Lee while he hung the paintings that they were crooked, doing very little to fix that problem myself, getting to look oh-so-professional at the opening reception in July—was such a treat. I’m lucky I got this crash-course. I’m grateful I got to have this experience.

The City Hall Gallery shows rotate every two months. “Home” is going to stay up until September, so August is your chance to take in this killer exhibit and treat yourself. Remember, the Gallery is free and open to all on every First Friday, and there’s even a reception where you can meet great artists like Angie, eat some cookies, and enjoy the general aura of good, arty vibes here. Next time you’re downtown, experience this great exhibit for yourself, and see just one bit of what makes our City Hall—and really, our city—so cool.