The public arts committee, in collaboration with The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, The Downtown Improvement District, and State College residents, is an independent group of public art enthusiasts whose goal is to showcase the variety of art we have, and to be a resource, advocate, and workforce for public art.
Information for the inventory of downtown public art has come from interviews, State College records, and a variety of web sites, as well as from a 2010 presentation by Delta Program students in the “Local Arts Inspiration Class” taught by Holly Foy, State College Area School District. Street photos are taken from Google Earth.
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History of the committee:
In 2010, State College Borough Council appointed an ad hoc Art in Public Places Committee to recommend public art projects to support from the balance of the Borough’s Centennial account. The committee recommended that Council support the Arts Cooperative “Dreams take Flight” mural on Calder Way, and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of Arts endeavors.
Later, several in the group formed an independent and informal group to highlight and support public art in the downtown. The Inventory and Pop-up-art in store-front windows are among its current efforts. The group has drawn heavily on the experiences of previous committees in support of public art in State College, notably the Art in Public Places Committee of the Arts Fest in the 1980s and 90s, and Penn State’s program on Outdoor Art.
2014 Members of StateCollegePublicArt.com are George Arnold, Zoe Boniface, Rick Bryant, Jonathan Friedman, Elizabeth Goreham, Christy Rambeau, and William Snyder III.