Public Art Commission

Gallery Reopening

Gallery reopening August 6 – please see “Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab” announcement below.

Back the Vax – Saturday, July 31

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Come see this confetti cannon shoot off for every vaccine given, along with live music, art, lowriders, and food trucks offering Mexican, Soul Food, and Jamaican fare!

A free outdoor festival with local music, art, and culture brought to you by the below co-hosts along with a free mobile vaccine clinic to promote and encourage those within their community to take the COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Local entertainment promoter Jalen “2Tall” Woodson, CEO of We Vibe 2 Vibe, is excited to promote the COVID-19 vaccine within his community by bringing local hip-hop, soul, and rap musicians.
  • Chicano of Chicano Times is similarly looking forward to promoting it within his community with Singers, Rap en Español, Vendors and Lowriders.
  • Javi Terrazas, longtime ArtBar curator, will be producing a collection of local art in a free publication available at the festival entitled, Vax-Zine.

The event runs from 4-10 p.m. at Water Street Square (65 Water St.), across from City Hall.

See the attached poster or the Facebook event for more information.

Want to help?
Volunteers are needed for the event. If you are interested, visit our volunteer sign-up website:

Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab
August 6-September 25

Accelerating Inspiration Poster - Thumb Opens in new windowAurora Public Art’s gallery at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center will reopen on August 6, with new show entitled, “Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab.” 

Aurora Public Art’s gallery on the 3rd floor of the David L. Pierce Center will reopen August 6th with a new show. “Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab” features the work of three artists with three unique visions, expressing their artistic connections to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. From its founding, the lab has encouraged the use of art to connect complex ideas with the public.

  • Jim Jenkins’ kinetic sculptures and repurposed materials express objects in plain view or secrets deeply hidden.
  • Lindsay Olson’s richly embroidered and beaded textiles connect viewers with the Standard Model, the discovery of the Higgs boson and neutrino research at the lab. 
  • Georgia Schwender’s meticulous and expressive cyanotype process prints of bubble chamber images link the long history of particle accelerator research at the lab. 
  • All three artists are passionate about their artistic practice and continue to accelerate inspiration from Fermilab.

“This show highlights and celebrates the connections between Art and Science,” states Jenn Byrne Evans, Public Art Direct. “It is an excellent show to reopen the gallery after 16 months of being closed due to COVID-19.” 

The exhibit will run from August 6-September 25. An opening reception will take place on Friday, August 6 from 6-9 p.m. The artists will provide a gallery talk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25. 

Regular gallery hours are 12-4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The City of Aurora is following CDC, state, and county health guidelines for COVID safety measures. Visitors who have not been vaccinated must wear a mask in all areas of the David L. Pierce Center. For fully vaccinated individuals, masks are still appreciated, but not required. Please maintain the suggested 6-foot social distancing guidance while indoors. These guidelines are subject to change. 

The gallery and all events are sponsored by the City of Aurora. All are free and open to the public. Updates will be available on Aurora Public Art’s social media pages (@AuroraPublicArt on Facebook and Instagram). 

BOM’ DA LOT 2021

Aurora Public Art is creating a dedicated space for street art installations. The first murals will be installed during the last weekend in August during a community celebration. Artists can learn more about this opportunity and the application here.

Public Art Audio Tour

Public Art Audio Tour Opens in new windowTake a guided tour of the murals and sculptures in downtown Aurora by downloading the Otocast app and clicking on Aurora Public Art. The Otocast guide provides locations, directions, photographs, background information, and a brief audio clip about each piece of outdoor art. Many of the audio clips are interviews with the artists who created the installations.  

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