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.