The League’s exclusive public sculpture program, presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Works in Public is the League’s exclusive public sculpture program, presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. A professional development program that offers artists the opportunity to create site-specific, large-scale public sculptures, Works in Public was founded in 2010, and originally known as the Model the Monument program. Since its inception, 46 artists have completed this program and had their sculptures installed in year-long public exhibitions at Riverside Park South and Riverside Park at 145th Street. Beginning in 2022, the program has been lead by renowned sculptors and League instructors Haksul Lee and Natsuki Takauji, who are alumni of the program. After being on display in New York City, many pieces from the Works in Public program are relocated for permanent display in at the Florida Keys Sculpture Trail.
Artists who participate in the Works in Public conceive of, create, and install site-specific sculptures in partnership with League instructors, Works in Public advisors, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. In this program, artists gain experience working with the physical materials and processes that are used to create original works of public art. Works in Public participants receive a monthly stipend and a scholarship for a full-time class at the League for the duration of the program.
Each individual artist works independently to fulfill program requirements. Because of the program's rigorous nature, nominated students must be willing and able, should they be selected, to make a substantial time commitment.
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Curator, former director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, Deputy Director of MoMA PS1.
Curator and President of Powerhouse Arts. Former Executive Director of Pioneer Works, Artistic Director of White Cube New York, Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, and the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum.
Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park.
$20,000 per project for materials and fabrication, excluding transportation and installation.
Fabricators are selected based on the unique requirements of each proposal.
You don’t need to decide unless you prefer to participate in one or the other. The selection committee will make decisions and recommendations based on your application if you choose to apply for both.
Yes. You will be required to submit photographs of your maquette as part of the application portfolio. Graphic animation or representation of your proposal is optional. Your maquette should approximate as accurately as possible the actual materials or the appearance of your proposed sculpture. As a general guide for scale, the maquette may be up to 12 inches in its longest dimension and/or fit within a 12 inch square base.
No, you can further develop and modify the proposal over the course of the program. However, we don’t recommend drastic changes during the one-year program.
The selection panel will include representatives from the Parks Department, the League, and invited professionals established in the field of sculpture
Artists are chosen based on the following criteria: