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Alejandra Salinas Tolosa
B ART 191
Bothell Campus

Art and Public Spaces

Examines works from across the arts: painting, writing, film, architecture, theater, new media. Explores their relationship to public spaces such as museums, site-specific structures, galleries, and exhibitions, as well as the history of their public reception. Includes site visits. Offered: ASp.

Class description

Art in Public Spaces expands across different sites and media (sculpture, painting, installation, performance, publication etc). Public art encompasses art that is not meant to be exhibited in art galleries or museums: art that expands beyond these institution's walls.

In this course we will look at art in the public sphere: parks, civic buildings and the res publica. We will also look at and produce art that reaches a wider public such as publications, zines, posters and postcards.

How can art engage with every day environments and a public who may not usually go to exhibition spaces? How does the art work affect the public sphere? How do these art works affect our society and our communities?

In this course we will also discuss issues of site-specificity. How is each artwork changed by its site and location? How does the artwork change place and its inhabitants?

Student learning goals

Have an understanding of contemporary art as an expanded field.

Understand key texts and formulate views on them.

Have the ability to produce art works and engage in productive discussion.

Have an understanding of relevant public art and site specific art issues.

General method of instruction

The course will consist of hands on projects, lectures, readings and a field trip.

Recommended preparation

Students do not need prior art knowledge but are expected to contribute to the class dialogue, do the readings and assignments.

Class assignments and grading

Art works, written texts and reading assignments.

Contribution to class work and dialogue. Engagement with the material. On time completion of assignments. Ambitious and committed project development.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alejandra Salinas Tolosa
Date: 01/30/2014