Public Art

Public Art Programs

In 2017, the Elgin City Council approved the Public Art Plan for the city of Elgin.  Since then, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has implemented several of the programs listed in the plan.  The process and procedure for these programs are being finalized now.  Check back here for updates.  

New Works Program

The New Works Program focuses on creating two new pieces of public art each year.  A public Call for Art in announced in the fall with applications being due in the spring.  The Call for Art is open to artists of all levels, worldwide.  Selected works will be awarded an honorarium with the work being installed in the fall. The 2018 Call for Art is currently closed.  Finalists will be notified in June, and the winners will be notified and announced in July. Public art will be installed prior to the annual Art Harvest event the last weekend of October.  

Spontaneous Art Wall

The Spontaneous Art Wall, located off of Riverside Drive and Grove Avenue, near the Tower Building in downtown Elgin will be maintained by the ECAC and city staff for spontaneous art.  This wall serves as a place of inspiration for local artists while also improving an existing location’s aesthetics.  No need to be a professional artist with training, simply show up and get your art on! This program will launch soon.  Check back for updates. 

Utility Box Wrapping Program 

Working with the city of Elgin’s maintenance department and utility companies, utility works boxes will be heat wrapped with local artists’ artwork.  Not only does this program deter graffiti, it also encourages community building and placemaking while promoting original artwork by local artists. This program will launch soon.  Check back for updates. 


This program is designed to connect local building owners who may wish to have a mural on their building with a local artist.  The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission will serve as a liaison between the two to establish the connection, offer guidance, and help with the permitting process. No public funding is provided for this  program. This program will launch soon.  Check back for updates. 

Elgin Public Art Plan
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  1. Amanda Harris

    Elgin Art Showcase Coordinator
    Phone: 847-931-6019