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THE HISTORY OF DALLAS PUBLIC ART





2014

Celebrating 25 years of the Public Art Ordinance in the City of Dallas, the Collection contains 260 projects consisting of 105 commissions, 34 donations and 121 heritage works that pre-date the Public Art Ordinance.

The Love Field Art Program is part of the City of Dallas Public Art Collection at at Dallas Love Field Airport. The Program consists of 17 public artworks including 12 new commissions and 5 previous installations. The new commissions represent the work of local, national and international artists and were funded through a dynamic partnership with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Southwest Airlines, the Department of Aviation and the Love Field Modernization Program. Phase I of the project was completed in 2014.

North Texas Sunrise, a mosaic by Dixie Friend Gay, is installed in the main lobby of Dallas Love Field. The installation received national recognition as one of the top public art installations in the United States from American's for the Arts, Public Art Year in Review. The annual survey is conducted by the members of the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network, in recognition of outstanding public art projects representing the most compelling work for the year.

2013

The Cotton Bowl public art project, Light Veil, by James Carpenter completed.

2012

Work by Laura Abrams and Jim LaPaso at Lake Highland Town Center, the first public art.Installation in Council District 10;

2011

Donation of three works by Cliff Garten, Brad Goldberg and Margo Sawyer at City Place with value of $625,000

2010

Three library installations: Lochwood, Prairie Creek and Pleasant Grove by artists Rex Kare, Sandra Fiedorek and Sonia King.

2009

Main Street Garden Park by Leni Schwendinger and Tenor and Contralto at Fair Park by David Newton

1989

The Office of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Commission was established by city ordinance, and the Public Art Program was transferred to the Office of Cultural Affairs from the Park and Recreation department.

View The Public Art Ordinance (pdf)
View the Cultural Policy (pdf)

1988

City Council adopted the Percent for Art Ordinance in September 1988.

1986-88

Funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts, a Public Art Master Plan was developed. A broad-based citizen advisory group of 30 people researched programs in other cities and developed recommendations and guidelines for Dallas' public art program.1982

The first public art program in Dallas appears as a part of the Art in Public Places Program.

1985

A formal Cultural Policy was adopted by the City Council.

1984

The City appoints a Public Art Coordinator to oversee public art projects.

   View The Public Art Ordinance (pdf)
   View the Cultural Policy (pdf)

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