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Salon des Refusés – Sights Unseen
Waterfront Marriott Hotel Conference Location
Presented by the Public Art Network, A program of Americans for the Arts
Chicago, Illinois 2010
Curated and conceptualized by Stuart Keeler

A notorious exhibition of work by French artists who were rejected from the official 1863 Paris Salon, the Salon des Refusés featured many of those now considered masters, including Cezanne, Manet, and Pissarro. Although critics and the public ridiculed the show in 1863, its structure became a precedent for today’s independent, unofficial exhibitions. Stuart Keeler will present an opportunity for discussion on risk-taking in public art and the role of the artist as a cultural producer who re-imagines public space. Acknowledging that there are many reasons why artists and projects are not selected for public art commissions, this presentation of Salon des Refusés seeks to recognize the power of “what could have been.”

Artists, Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, Designers, Visual Culture Practitioners and Students are all eligible to submit projects which have not been realized. Works proposed between 1960 and 2010 are encouraged for submission. Images may be of any temporary, non-permissional and/or permanent proposals/projects designed for public spaces.

Details on the Half-Century Summit:
Redefining the Public Paradigm: June 23 -25, 2010
To celebrate the10th anniversary of the Public Art Network, PAN will convene a conference future directions of public art from 23 – 25 June 2010 in Baltimore in advance of the annual Americans for the Arts conference. The conference is organized as roundtable workshops on Technical Assistance/Professional Development and Envisioning Possibilities. Each Roundtable Workshop will be facilitated by at least two subject area experts with discussion among all participants. The goal is to engage emerging and established artists and administrators to discuss an issue; share opinions, strategies, tactics; and develop responses and solutions to the issue or problem. Roundtable Workshops will generate recommendations for best practices, legislative priorities, areas in need of further exploration, and anticipating the needs of the field for the next few years. The Public Art Preconference will take place at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) on Thursday, June 24 and at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel on Friday, June 25.

Public Art Network (PAN)
Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network (PAN) is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to the field of public art. As a program of Americans for the Arts, PAN strengthens efforts to advocate for policies and best practices that serve communities creating public art. More than 350 public art programs exist in the United States at the federal, state, and local level. The PAN network brings together artists, community members, and art and design professionals through online resources, professional development and education opportunities, knowledge-sharing practices, and strategic partnerships.

Christine Tarkowski
Pornographically Large
commissioned proposal for
Governor’s State University Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, University Village, IL

Vito Acconci
Acconci Studio

Sara Schnadt (coily color things)
Connectivity II
Proposal for MCA-Chicago