About Works in Public
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.
To view and download the full program prospectus, click here.