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ARTS 402 Art in Public Spaces

This upper-level course explores contemporary public art practices in a studio arts curriculum. To complement traditional studio arts practices, students will develop skills in rapid prototyping, practice-led research, social engagement, and project management. Projects will focus on drafting proposals in response to calls for public art, communicating their concepts to diverse audiences, and collaborating with groups outside of the Arts. Drawing upon examples of global and local public art initiatives addressing inclusiveness, social conditions and the use of public spaces, students will evaluate how their own work may impact dissimilar communities and culture.

Special information

Pre-requisites: At least 30 college credits; Two courses at the 100, 200 or 300 level within the Studio Arts program.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 14, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Integrate traditional artists¿ tools and digital technologies for the rapid prototyping of concepts
  • Develop vocabularies for contemporary public art
  • Adapt their artistic concepts to the environmental, social and logistical constraints inherent in public art commissions
  • Prioritize and synthesize dialogues with communities, stakeholders and local policymakers around art, shared public spaces and inclusiveness as part of their creative process
  • Critically evaluate how their own artwork may impact dissimilar cultures and marginalized communities

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Art in Public Spaces Anderson, Eric Books for ARTS-402-01 Spring 2024 Course details for ARTS-402-01 Spring 2024