The Public Art Archive is a totally free, continually growing, online and mobile database of completed public artworks.

  • free to contribute to and interact with from your desktop, tablet or mobile device;
  • managed by a team of curators, public art administrators, information specialists, web developers, graphic designers, and arts advocates;
  • supported by a 40-year old nonprofit arts service organization, WESTAF;
  • copyright holders retain their rights for any data and media that the Archive displays, and WESTAF retains copyright over the compilation that is the Public Art Archive™ service;
  • built on a standardized and highly rigorous metadata structure and controlled taxonomies to describe artworks in a consistent manner;
  • integrated with Google Maps, PAA supports mapping features for virtual or on foot exploration;
  • searchable with filters that aid in research and education.

Dreaming Forward/Soñando by Alex Paul Loza. 2018. ArtsBuild Collection, Chattanooga, TN. Photo courtesy Alex Paul Loza.

What is the purpose of the Public Art Archive?

  • gather documentation about public artworks into one central repository
  • support the standardization and adoption of best practices in cataloging public art
  • unite records from public art organizations and artists into one comprehensive resource
  • raise awareness about the value of public art and advocates for public artists
  • help make it possible for stakeholders to advance the professionalism of public artists and practitioners in allied fields

Eligibility Requirements

The Public Art Archive recognizes and respects the wide variety of practices and forms that public art takes, ranging from the permanent to the ephemeral; traditional sculpture to projects focused on social exchange, intervention, and engagement; and those works supported by public or private or a combination of funding sources. To qualify for inclusion in the Public Art Archive, a work of public art must meet two requirements:
  • the work must be publicly viewable
  • the work must be sanctioned, commissioned, placed, or displayed through an official acquisition process

The Public Art Archive is powered by WESTAF. Learn more about WESTAF.