Public Art and Civic Design

Welcome to the Department of City Planning’s Public Art and Civic Design Division. 

This division promotes and ensures quality design of city-owned architecture, infrastructure, and landscape in order to create and enhance place-making by the inclusion of art and arts programming to reflect the city's history, diversity, and culture. The division performs three main functions: staffing of the City's Art Commission; conservation and maintenance of the City's collection of public artwork, monuments, and memorials, and; implementation of new commissions of public art and arts programs and initiatives on City property, citywide.

Are you working on a project that is on City property?

Click here for information about the Art Commission process.  Many construction projects that occur in the Right of Way or on City property must be reviewed by the Art Commission, even if they are not works of art.  For any questions about whether or not your project must gain Art Commission approval, contact us at 412-255-8996.


ARTPGH + DESIGNPGH are two components of the City of Pittsburgh's comprehensive strategic plan. 

Market Square Public Art Program

Market Square Public Art Program is the City of Pittsburgh’s temporary art initiative to enliven one of Downtown’s most important public places during the winter months.  The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has supported regular programming in Market Square that has enabled a series of successful events such as a farmer’s market, concerts, holiday festivities, and other community events that have served to activate Market Square on a seasonal basis.  The City of Pittsburgh would like to see this energy continue and be augmented with temporary works of public art that will be experienced by visitors to Market Square during the winter months between February and May.

War Monuments and Memorials

The Public Art and Civic Design division regularly updates and improves the City’s vast collection of War Monuments and Memorials.

Download the 5.0 version of the War Monument & Memorial inventory with over 120 monuments.  As of July 2017, the inventory has been updated with a new layout, images, history, and addresses.

We ask that citizens review this inventory and contact us if:

  • corrections need to be made;
  • any additional war monuments pertaining to any war or individuals connected to an American conflict exist, that are not noted in this inventory;
  • any honor rolls exist that are not included in this inventory

Interested persons may visit the website or contact:

Department of City Planning

This inventory will be compiled into a lasting online database and further utilized to care for and maintain the City's collection of these pieces. The database will include:

  • location
  • photographs
  • condition


This Citywide project will be completed in collaboration with several organizations throughout the city. These organizations include:

For more information, please contact:

Department of City Planning

For more information and images of City-owned artworks and other demographic information by neighborhood, please visit www.pghsnap.com.

Public Art Resources

The Art Commission is now paperless! Applications must be submitted electronically. Download the submission guidelines below for detailed instructions on how to apply. Then, download the application to get started.

Remember, all applications are due two weeks before the hearing date that you would like to attend.



The Pittsburgh Foundation

  • Sponsored by the Heinz Endowments and the Pittsburgh Foundation, Investing in Professional Artists: The Pittsburgh Region Artists Program is guided by a shared belief in artistic excellence, creative development, and the need for continuous career advancement.

The Sprout Fund

  • The Sprout Fund works to catalyze civic action through responsive philanthropy, participatory events, and effective networks.

Pittsburgh Murals

  • A collection of photos and a map of Pittsburgh murals, collected by a citizen group

Add Value Add Art

  • Free resource for private developers about how to include public art into construction and infrastructure projects. Office of Public Art

The Office of Public Art

  • a partnership between the City of Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
  • OPA offers technical assistance, educational programming, and other artist and community services related to public art.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

  • This website lists local and national public art RFPs and RFQs, as well as exhibition and professional development opportunities for visual artists. 
  • Check the 'Public Art Events' box to learn about public art related events and workshops. Pittsburgh Artist Registry

The Pittsburgh Artist Registry

  • the region's only free database for visual, performing, and literary artists.
  • Artists who are full time residents of the region may create a free profile.
  • Sign up today, or browse to discover new local talent.


TALKPGH was initiative of the City of Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning in 2012, designed to engage neighbors in shaping the future of the city, informing the City’s comprehensive plan and its art and design sections. 

During a three week period, a transparent truck served as a mobile talk show set, visiting each of the city's 90 neighborhoods, interviewing 267 residents about their opinions, histories, and aspirations for their neighborhoods. 

Viewing is easy! See a Youtube playlist of all the video interviews.  From there you can click, watch, share, and comment as you wish.


TALKPGH was made possible by:

Producer: Jon Rubin

Assistant Producer: Nina Sarnelle

Talk Show Hosts: Jacquea Mae, Tracy Turner, Matt Sandler

Truck Design: Margaret Cox

Funded by:

  • Colcom Foundation
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • The Richard King Mellon Foundation
  • City of Pittsburgh

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