About AiPPArt in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. It is our goal to install art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. Artist submissions are solicited from throughout the nation, and entries are judged by an expert juror, who is selected by the Art in Public Places Board.
The Art in Public Places project began in 2006 with the installation of six sculptures in the downtown area. The public response to the original exhibit was immediate and lively, drawing interest and debate from numerous sections of the community, including art students from Vance Middle School and St. Anne's School.
The project has continued to build on its initial success, bringing new sculptures to downtown Bristol each year. We aim to continue bringing public art to Bristol, increasing both the number and quality of our entries each year.
The Art in Public Places project is funded by donations from area businesses and individuals. Click here to learn more about sponsoring Art in Public Places.
Art in Public Places (AiPP) is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in the arts. AiPP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, or national origin.
Statement from Our President
Candy Snodgrass, President, Art in Public Places
We are proud to bring Art in Public Places to Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. The pieces selected by our juror for each year-long exhibition represent a wide range of artistic styles and themes and add another dimension to the jewel that is our downtown. I personally have been enriched by the lively dialogue created by the first exhibit and look forward to the continued conversation about art in the community.
Arts in Public Places stands as an advocate for the advancement of and participation in public art. Arts make our lives richer and spark new ways of thinking, communicating, and attracting business. We hope this exhibition will make you think, make you smile, and make you talk about the sculptures and other pieces of art throughout our cities.